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Kirk Franklin Says He's Feeling Grateful as He Shares Photo of Himself on His 50th Birthday

Monica Otayza
Jan 30, 2020
04:40 P.M.
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Kirk Franklin is 50-years-old, and the world-famous gospel singer is feeling grateful as he turns another year older. 

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As he turns 50, Kirk Franklin is nothing but grateful for the life he lives. He just won Best Gospel Performance/Song at the 62nd Grammy Awards for "Love Theory," and it's only one of the most recent accolades he's received. 

During the awards night, Franklin acknowledged that gospel music has a lot of talents, and he' humbled to be chosen as the winner among all of them. 

Kirk Franklin believes in using his influence to take a stand on certain issues especially those involving racial injustice. 

Kirk Franklin live in concert at Fort Lauderdale | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

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GRATEFUL FOR THE LIFE HE LIVES

For his birthday post on social media, it shows him sitting on cement blocks on a grassy hill, as he closed his eyes as if he was in deep thought. 

It came after he accepted his Grammy, something that he thanked the Lord and his family for. During his speech, he also made sure to send prayers to Kobe Bryant and his family, as the tragic death of the NBA legend happened on the day of the Grammy Awards night.

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THE OTHER GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES

Grammy beat fellow nominees Gloria Gaynor featuring Yolanda Adams for "Talkin' About Jesus," Koryn Hawthorne featuring Natalie Grant for "Speak The Name," "Tasha Cobbs Leonard for "This Is A Move (Live)." and Travis Greene featuring Jekalyn Carr for "See The Light."

While Kirk wholeheartedly accepted his Grammy Award, he decided to boycott the Dove Awards for the rest of his life. 

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USING HIS INFLUENCE TO RAISE AWARENESS

Kirk Franklin believes in using his influence to take a stand on certain issues especially those involving racial injustice. That is why when a part of his acceptance speech was filtered out, he decided to pledge never to attend the Dove Awards again. 

After being awarded Gospel Artist of the Year, Franklin made a speech and added a part that requested for prayers for 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson, who was killed by a police officer in her own home. 

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BOYCOTTING THE DOVE AWARDS

During the televised version of the awards night, that entire paragraph of his speech was cut out. He decided to call out the Awards Show on Instagram and announced his intention to boycott it in the future. 

Regardless of what transpired, Kirk Franklin continues to use music to inspire others and make his voice heard about issues he deems important. 

Happy Birthday, Kirk! 

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