Kanye West's 'Jesus Is King' Album Won a Grammy and People Have Thoughts

Kanye West's 2019 gospel album ultimately emerged victorious in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category. Last year, West urinated on a Grammy.


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Jesus Is King, Kanye West’s 2019 album featuring the Chick-fil-A-referencing “Closed on Sunday” and the Whole Truth-flipping “Follow God,” is now a Grammy-winning effort.

During Sunday’s 2021 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, hosted by Jhené Aiko, the album emerged victorious in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category. Other nominees included Cody Carnes’ Run to the Father, Hillsong Young & Free’s All of My Best Friends, We the Kingdom’s Holy Water, and Tauren Wells’ Citizen of Heaven.

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For some fans, Jesus Is King proved to be a divisive effort. Lyrically, at least, the album marked West’s deepest musical adherence yet to crafting a listening experience focused on his take on Christianity. The album’s production, however, received praise, even from critics who were underwhelmed by the lyrical content and/or put off by the Trump-centered headlines that permeated the JIK era.

“There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me, I was letting you know what the Hennessey had done for me, but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me, and in that I’m no longer a slave, I’m a son now, a son of God,” West told Zane Lowe in a JIK-promoting Apple Music interview in 2019. “I’m free. The most space that I had to think is when I went to the hospital.”

With Sunday’s win, West now has 22 total Grammy wins across his undeniably influential and provocative career.

Given where JIK sits among the rest of West’s discography, many were surprised by the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album win. And, of course, plenty were quick to note that West shared a video clip just last year in which he was seen urinating on one of his Grammy trophies.

Kanye bout to pee in that one too and then submit his work next year

— Tri da Villain (@THEEEhottie) March 14, 2021

It’s actually pretty fucked up that Kanye West literally peed on a Grammy and won one, but The Weeknd decides to do a career-defining performance & was disregarded.

— Dedee 🥀 (@thoughtfulbae) March 14, 2021

Kanye West put a Grammy in the toilet, pissed on it, filmed it and posted it online... and won a Grammy the next year. pic.twitter.com/UVHD30eaTu

— Kyle (@onthebulletin) March 14, 2021

Kanye West The Grammys https://t.co/jhXltz9JIi pic.twitter.com/cK7Umashf0

— Dedee 🥀 (@thoughtfulbae) March 14, 2021

"kanye can't be here with us and i'll accept this grammy in his behalf" https://t.co/8MYzcD6tiu

— lu (@panteraneigra) March 14, 2021

Kanye literally pissed on a Grammy and won another one. No one man...

— Vic Damone Jr (@wholesomefoxx) March 14, 2021

After Kanye West urinated on Grammy award last year, he still won it this year. 😭😭😂 #GRAMMYs

— King Monye 👑 (@iamkingmonye) March 14, 2021

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