Nominees for the 53rd Grammy Awards are in, Christian artists have been selected for seven categories

The nominees were announced Wednesday night. The 53rd Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 13, 2011.

The categories include: Best Gospel Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel, Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album, Best Traditional Gospel Album, and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

The brother and sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans received two nominations for Best Gospel Performance for their song “Grace” and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for Still. They already have five Grammy Awards.

Israel Houghton, who received his third Grammy Award early this year, has two nominations as well – one for Best Gospel Performance for the song “You Hold My World” and another for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for Love God. Love People. His contenders for the latter category include TobyMac for Tonight, Ricky Skaggs for Mosaic, Sanctus Real for Pieces of a Real Heart and Steven Curtis Chapman for Beauty Will Rise.

Skaggs, 14-time Grammy winner, has also been nominated for Best Song for “Return to Sender.”

Other artists up for two Grammys are family band Forever Jones and reinvented band Gungor, formerly known as the Michael Gungor Band.

The nominees were announced Wednesday night. The 53rd Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 13, 2011.

The following is the full list of nominees in the Gospel categories:

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