Maverick City Makes Grammy History as 1st Christian Group Performer in 20 Years: 'Thank You Jesus'

Maverick City Music made history Sunday night by winning its first Grammy and also becoming the first Christian or Gospel group in 20 years to perform live on the broadcast.

The group won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Old Church Basement, a live LP recorded with Elevation Worship. The group also received nominations for Best Gospel Performance/Song (Wait on You), Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (Jireh) and Best Gospel Album (Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition).


Maverick City Music’s performance of Jireh during Sunday’s broadcast on CBS attracted plenty of new fans, if social media is any indication. A news release called it the “first time in over 20 years that a Gospel or Christian artist has been televised at the ceremony.” The last such performance was in 2002.


“THANK YOU JESUS!” the group’s Twitter account said after the Grammy win. “Everything we do belongs to God! We’re so honored to be a part of what He is doing in the Kingdom! Thank you to YOU our community, our family for the love and support, this wouldn’t be possible without you!”