Christian Grammy Winner No Show: "I have been struggling with being in the world!"

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Mandisa’s ‘Overcomer’ Wins Twice at Grammy Awards; Singer Skips Event and Reveals Reason, ‘I Have Been Struggling with Being in the World

By Jeannie Law, BREATHEcast News Reporter

mandisaChristian Grammy Award winner Mandisa was a no show at the event Sunday night and took to her blog to explain why she was missing.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards show aired last night on CBS, and showcased a lot of shocking musical performance collaborations, a rush of new winners, and the music show’s first ever marriage ceremony. However, noticeably missing was any recognition or footage of all of the Christian musicians honored.

Season five American Idol alum Mandisa won her first Grammy for her albumOvercomer in the category for Best Contemporary Christian Album, and another for the single “Overcomer” in the category for Best Contemporary Christian song.

The singer posted a video of her reaction upon hearing the news of her win. After a flood of messages on her social media pages of fans asking why she skipped out on the elaborate event, the singer decided to take to her blog and transparently share her reasons for not attending.

Listed first on her detailed post was her simple reason of just wanting to be home during her hectic tour schedule. Her second reason was to avoid “people scrutinizing” her appearance, which goes along with her Jan. 15 Facebook post that told her followers about her recent struggles with insecurity.

Her next reason was that she had three previous Grammy nominations, in 2008, 2010, and 2012 for her first three studio albums, True BeautyFreedom, and What If We Were Real and did not win, so she figured this year would follow suit.

“Finally, the fourth reason I chose not to attend this year: Yes, both times I have gone to the Grammys I have witnessed performances I wish I could erase from my memory, and yes, I fast forwarded through several performances this year,” adding, “but my reason is not because of them, it’s because of me. I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires quite a bit recently,” she revealed.

Mandisa has had much success in the Christian market the past couple of years. Her journey from Idol to touring the country alongside Christian pioneer Toby Mac and her success, has taken her to various heights and depths. Those accomplishments though are not her primary focus as she goes on to say in her blog that her relationship with God must take precedence.

Her recent struggles do not mean she will never be seen on a mainstream platform again however. She wrapped up her blog by and said, “So yeah, should I ever be nominated again, and I’m feeling up to it, I’ll go. I recognize that I may feel a bit like an alien in a strange land, but Jesus, friend of sinners, felt that way and still managed to shine…by His Holy Spirit, so can I!”

Read her full blog here.

24 Comments on “Christian Grammy Winner No Show: "I have been struggling with being in the world!"”

  1. YHWH is King

    This is a disturbing struggle of the conscience and it doesn’t seem righteousness won. She said she couldn’t site up because she was struggling with being in the works but did not repent and devise to rebuke the worldliness that came with her lifestyle. And she goes to sat she week continue and show up next time. Just as Pilate battled with what he knew was right it was all in vain. When he handed over THE TRUTH to be crucified. Likewise our choices are in vain a the saved of GOD when we don’t choose the GOD who saved us over the works. Maranatha.

    1. J. Wesson

      @YHWH is King……I agree. I don’t think this article was posted to show us how righteousness won, but only speaks to the point that EX ministries teaches and preaches about the music industry and confirms what the Bible says about the world. She may have stayed home from the ceremonies today but she will be in the studio tomorrow working with the same individuals who did attend the ceremony AND who directly impact her career. Also, I notice a trend in the music industry and hollywood that problems are only opportunities for more money. Instead of actually dealing with the problems (with God’s help) and turning from their sin, they publically ignore any reports of problems, then the following year, they publically release albums, magazine articles, interviews etc, exploiting the problem (they said they never had) all for more exposure, fame and money. They say, “look at how God changed me.” The secular and christian industry are the same. It’s all confusing and a lie. Then when they end up dead over suicide or overdose or arrested, people are shocked. We have to choose life or death and stop playing with truth.

  2. Sarena

    I hate when people use the Friend of Sinners erroneous argument! Why do they ignore that it was blasphemous individuals who would call Jesus Christ a glutton, a winebibber, a friend of sinners. Don’t they know that this is SLANDER against his Holy Name so does this passage of scripture really mean that Jesus is a friend of sinners? If this is true then to those who believe this he is also a glutton and a winebibber. To call Jesus Christ a friend of sinners is profaning the name of our Lord and Savior and this is the be guilty of breaking ALL commandments of the Holy Scripture. Why don’t people realize how great and terrible this is just to loosely and carelessly call Jesus a friend of sinners when the scripture says a FRIEND of the World is an ENEMY of God? So this is to not only profane the name this is to make Jesus an enemy of God! WOE UNTO THEM that call evil good and good EVIL!!!!

  3. jerome

    She still needs deliverance from insecurity and in no way should she go to the Grammy’s. Jesus ate with sinners but was never apart of their boastful ceremonies. People get it so twisted….He calls us to come out from among them.

    1. Jomo

      Very true! GOD Bless you! keep up the diligent thinking. To many people think so passive and twist the scripture out of context to justify mingling with the world.

  4. Niya

    I am sooo proud of her for not going. As an artist, I was just thinking that should I get that type of platform someday and be asked to participate in a worldly award show, I would decline. Those places are a cesspool for demons and as believers we’re called to be salt and light by standing for what is right and clearly defining and rejecting what is evil. Every place sinners gather is not an open door to witness. At times, those are the places where we are the least effective because of the pull in the flesh. Does God want a former crackhead in a crack house to minister? No, we must flee from the temptation. And since artist strugglr

  5. Ema

    Yes, the ‘flesh’ really did take over and so did some other ‘things’ as well. God knows what He’s doing by keeping us away from venues like those, the world glorifying their sins, and shutting out the Christians because they don’t want to face the truth. Every year it gets more fleshy and demonic, so nothing surprises me with that or the other awards shows as well. It’s past time to raise up a standard even among folks like those, especially in these last and evil days.

  6. William

    2Cor 6:17-18 Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord , and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you. 18 and will be a father unto you and you shall be my sons and daughters saith the Lord almighty. To the Gospel artist who look to recieve awards and fame for what God has given you ,you are nothing more than a entertainer, and not a true witness for God’s Glory. Read Luke 6: 22-25. ( Note this Jesus was not a friend and did not hang out with people of the world,but they heard of Jesus and came to him to hear his message to receive him or reject him.

  7. blessedgal

    I am glad that someone took a stand, rather by staying home or walking out early, do not be afraid for the Lord our God is with you. Why are believers (christian) being persecuted for their beliefs, when others aren’t ashamed of theirs. We are being silenced and if we don’t stand up for what we believe in we’ll fall for anything!!

    Ephesians 6:12

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

  8. Real Woman of God

    It goes to show you can’t serve two masters. I hope she stays separated and not end up like most of these “inspirational secular artists” that claim to love/serve a Holy God and singing about the devil!

  9. Rene

    Any Christian being heavily praised by the world will never turn back to God completely on their own. Like all other worldly performers she’ll burn in hell when she dies.

    1. Tina

      I believe you are very judgmental at least she knows that her flesh will sender her to hell that’s why she didn’t go but who are you to condemn someone to hell God is the only that can change a heart we talk about the world is doing but truth is they don’t know Christ we have no excuse for our sin i believe that if we are more about witnessing the truth of the Gospel to unbelievers then maybe we wouldn’t be spending so much time dissecting what they doing

  10. Mpho

    She is feeling a bit odd about her christianity, she should leave the secular music industry and concegrate herself for her dying soul,so sad…being a christian requires total deliverance. She carriers a south african name, how cool as im also south african.

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