Reading other gospel blogs, I came across one that asked the question why Marvin Sapp, whose CD "Thirsty'' with the fan favorite single "Never Would Have Made It,'' wasn't nominated for not one Grammy this year.
Sapp, whose No. 1 gospel song won several BET awards and crossed over to urban and gospel radio, leads all nominees for this year's Stellar Awards.
Still, this didn't help him with the folks who run the Grammys.
According to EURWEB.com, the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) issues the Grammy award based strictly on peer recognition -- it is not a popularity contest or based on chart status or record sales. The basic eligibility requirements are to have nationwide commercial distribution or for digital releases to be available on a Web site other than the artist's personal Web site such as CD Baby, Amazon.com or Itunes.
"Peers" are producers, song-writers, artists etc. who are dues paying members of the organization allowed to vote.
The album was nominated in the Best Traditional Gospel category last year (for 2008) and re-entered for 2009, which is allowed in the allotted 2-year submission window. It was disqualified because as a source told EURWEB.com, "The live version was on the album that was entered into the process in the previous year."