William McDowell Receives 2020 Billboard Music Award Nomination

GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning worship leader, pastor and author, William McDowell, received his first “Billboard Music Award” nomination today for “Top Gospel Album” for his live album, The Cry (Integrity Music). This album earned McDowell’s fifth No. 1 debut album in his storied career on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums’ chart. The “2020 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. “Billboard Music Awards” nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music.

McDowell‘s album has also been nominated for a 2020 GMA Dove Award for “Gospel Worship Album of the Year,” and the song from the album, “Only You Can Satisfy (Live),” for “Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.” The Dove Awards will air on TBN on Friday, October 30th.

The Cry was recorded at Redemption to the Nations Church in Chattanooga, TN and featured special guest artists Nathaniel Bassey, Travis Greene, Yolanda Adams, David & Nicole Binion, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Trinity Anderson (worship leader of McDowell’s Deeper Fellowship church). The Cry is available here. The album received praise from media being touted as some of his best work to date. Currently the combined track streams for The Cry are more than 16 million, and his YouTube has more than 18 million combined streams.

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Lauren Daigle Nominated For Two Billboard Music Awards

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Lauren Daigle has been nominated for two Billboard Music Awards – Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Song – “Rescue.” The “2020 Billboard Music Awards” is set to air on NBC and will broadcast live Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 P.M. EST.

This exciting news comes on the heels of Daigle‘s cross-over mega-hit “You Say” reaching a truly historic milestone that is making a splash across the industry. Billboard certified earlier this month that “You Say” has ruled at No. 1 on the Hot Christian Songs chart for 100 weeks. “You Say” made chart history back in October 2019 when it passed Hillsong UNITED‘s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail” as the longest-running No. 1 song on Hot Christian Songs at 62 weeks. This charting lands “You Say” as the first song across any genre to claim the No.1 spot on one of Billboard’s Hot charts for 100 weeks. The Billboard Hot charts blend streaming, airplay and sales data according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Billboard Music Awards Announce 2020 Nominees For Top Christian/Gospel Artist, Song & Album

Dick clark productions and NBC today announced the nominees for the “2020 Billboard Music Awards,” which honor the year’s most successful artists in 55 categories across all genres of music. The “2020 Billboard Music Awards,” hosted by Kelly Clarkson, will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020, set for the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, which was postponed due to the pandemic. Top Christian/Gospel Artist, Top Christian/Gospel Album and Top Christian/Gospel Song are among the honors to be awarded this year. See below for a list of relevant nominations.

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle
Elevation Worship
for KING & COUNTRY
Hillsong UNITED
Kanye West

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Sunday Service Choir
Kanye West

Top Christian Album:
Bethel Music “Victory: Recorded Live”
Casting Crowns “Only Jesus”
Hillsong UNITED “People”
Skillet “Victorious”
Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin “Long Live Love”
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers “Goshen”
William McDowell “The Cry: A Live Worship Experience”
Sunday Service Choir “Jesus Is Born”
Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Christian Song:
Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser “Raise A Hallelujah”
Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West “Nobody”
Lauren Daigle “Rescue”
for KING & COUNTRY “God Only Knows”
Kanye West “Follow God”

Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
Kanye West “Closed on Sunday”
Kanye West “Follow God”
Kanye West “On God”
Kanye West “Selah”