Christian Singer Natalie Grant Responds to Criticism for Leaving Grammy Awards Early

Natalie_Grant Credit LukeForddotcomNASHVILLE — Contemporary Christian music artist Natalie Grant has issued a response to critics who are blasting her for walking out of the Grammy Awards show last Sunday, or as she characterized it—she left early.

“We left the Grammy’s early,” Grant, who was nominated for two awards, posted on Facebook Sunday evening. “I’ve many thoughts about the show tonight, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll say this: I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.”

While the Dove award-winning singer did not cite her reasons for leaving, many are noting that several of the performances that night were concerning.

The sexually-charged duet featuring Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z was characterized by some as “raunchy,” a witch-themed performance by Katy Perry was dubbed as being “Satanic” in nature, and many expressed disgust at the mass same-sex (and heterosexual) “wedding” that was officiated by Queen Latifah on stage following a performance of the homosexual advocacy song “One Love,” sung by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Following Grant’s status update, a number of those who learned about her early departure took to Grant’s Facebook page to lambaste her and her stand—many of whom assumed she left because of the same-sex “wedding” that was to be officiated.

“It’s unfortunate that you follow a God who has conditional love,” one commenter wrote. “I follow a God who loves and embraces all kinds.”

“Jesus would be saddened and ashamed of homophobia,” another asserted.

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Seeing that her post resulted in a firestorm of controversy, Grant wrote a lengthy follow-up status to further explain.

“I never said I left during any particular performance. I only said I left early,” she stated. “I never pointed out any one particular performance; I only said I had many thoughts about the entire show, which were best left inside my head and that is where they will stay. So those who say I condemned one performance but then condoned others clearly did not read the post.”

“I’ve judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God,” Grant continued. “What I did say is this: I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I’ve had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music, and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and for Jesus.”

Grammy award nominee Mandisa said that she sat out the awards show completely this year as she did not wish to subject herself to temptation.

“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 wrote on Facebook regarding her decision to skip the event. “I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time.”

Natalie Grant is known for her songs “Held,” “I Will Not Be Moved” and “Alive.”

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  • Debbie seatz

    Once again people get offended because you don’t want to share in their ways. As a christian I was not enjoying the Grammys either. Thank goodness I was able to just turn the channel. Thank you for your christian music. God bless you!

  • Janice Cook

    The bible teaches us to come out of the world, be separate, do not be conformed to this world. That is loving of God! The bible also says, the world will hate you for your obedience to God and His word. So, praise the Lord for the LOVE YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED, Natalie Grant and Mandisa.

  • Stephanie

    There is a line of demarcation that is being drawn in the sand. An Elijah and Ahab moment. Those who have been playing “church” will fall away, while the righteous will shine like the sun. Come out from among her, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.

  • Thus saith the Lord, Psalms 101:3,”I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” 1Thessalonians 5:20, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God,that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” And these are but a few scriptures of many that the Lord warns us about such things as this. Maybe it would have been best not to compromise in anyway and avoid any conflict at home or at such an event. Guard your heart and stay true to His Word.

  • Mark

    Why should Natalie have to explain to her critics why she left the Grammies? If I were her and was a witness to things denigrating to my faith, I would have walked out too.

    To her critics, what would you do?

  • S.Frank

    It was a breath of fresh air to hear a real Christian will stand for God in these last days even when everyone is watching. Natalie, standing up on an issue with God in a room of thousands, you are still the majority. May God bless you for your obedience!

  • Kris

    Why is anyone with a moral code put down with such ugly words? You can see the Bible is right! The end is coming!

  • Michael

    Galatians 5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkeness, revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God”. 1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God”. This is to those who tried to say that Jesus would be appauled. Jesus, as we Christians do, love everyone, but that doesn’t mean that he condones the act. In fact God says that He hates the act of sin. So we love the sinner, but hate the sin. People who are worldly try putting the act with the person and that is not so. And this is why you must be born again of the Spirit and of water John 3:3, John 3:5. Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye will not fulfill the lust of the flesh”.

  • Lisa Wallace Smith

    I haven’t watched the Grammys in years as it seems there has been a liberal political agenda that overshadows musical excellence. I admire Natalie Grant for her dignified and faithful stance. It is too easy to cross the line of walking according to our faith, to walking in sync with those we think we might influence for Christ – especially in the seductive world of music. I know this from recent experience.

  • Mark K

    The real issue is that the Grammys were so foul and nasty that even a contemplative, ecumenical singer Natalie Grant could not take it.