What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King…
These are the lyrics of one of the most ubiquitous worship songs in the church today. Recorded by Australia’s Hillsong Worship, and written by the ensemble’s Brooke Ligertwood and Ben Fielding, “What a Beautiful Name” is everything that the Body of Christ needs in a worship song. It is simple and singable – yet it is exquisite and has the power to bring you to your knees.
This is surely no small reason why “What A Beautiful Name” garnered Hillsong Worship its first GRAMMY Award in its three decade existence. With more than 112 million views on YouTube, “What a Beautiful Name” is an anthem for the modern church that fittingly caught the attention of the Recording Academy.
“We are so thrilled that a song about the Name who is most dear to us was honored with a GRAMMY award this year!,” said Ligertwood, who accepted the award with Fielding on stage inside Madison Square Garden, New York, ahead of the main ceremony. “We feel humbled by the opportunity to represent our wider team and church at such a prestigious occasion that rightly celebrates all music. The reach and impact of ‘What a Beautiful Name‘ has been encouraging and truly and honor. We seek to write songs that can genuinely connect the hearts of people with the heart of God through worship, and the connection this song seems to have made can only be by the grace of God.”
Fielding added, “No matter how far or close you feel to God, or no matter how great the distance, His love is greater; His name is more powerful, more wonderful, more beautiful than any other.”
With more than 20 million career album sales and more than 1.5 billion career streams, Hillsong Worship has helped shape praise & worship over the last two decades through its catalog of songs that are sung by an estimated 50 million churchgoers worldwide each week. Their award-winning single “What A Beautiful Name” spent nine consecutive weeks at #1 atop the National Christian Audience radio chart and remains the #1 most consumed track in Christian music. Concurrently, the single was named Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Christian Song of the Year, topping its Hot Christian Songs chart (which blends airplay, streaming and sales data) on Feb. 25, holding strong in the No. 1 position for 34 weeks (through the chart dated Feb. 3, 2018).
Their recent GRAMMY Award win accompanies a host of other honors bestowed this past year, including being named Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of 2017, as well as its Top Christian Duo/Group.
In a Hillsong promotional video, Ligertwood spoke about the making and meaning of “What a Beautiful Name”, saying: “Anyone who has come face to face with their own flaws and sin and received the grace of Jesus can undoubtedly say that it’s the most beautiful thing ever. The name of Jesus is beautiful; it’s wonderful…”