Christian & Gospel Artists Honored With 2020 Billboard Music Awards

The “2020 Billboard Music Awards,” which honored the year’s most successful artists in 55 categories across all genres of music, was broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  Top Christian/Gospel Artist, Top Christian/Gospel Album and Top Christian/Gospel Song were among the honors awarded this year. See below for a list of relevant winners.

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

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

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

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” – WINNER!

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” – WINNER!
Kanye West “Follow God”

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

 

Courtesy of thechristianbeat.org

51st Annual GMA Dove Award Nominees Announced

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the nominations for the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards recognizing an array of new songs and first-time nominees, as well as esteemed performers and hit songs that have been a bright light during this difficult time.

Voting for the final winners will run August 20th through August 27th. The celebration will air exclusively on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Friday, October 30th. For further information, visit www.doveawards.com.

Zach Williams and for KING & COUNTRY lead the Artist nominations with five (5) nods, including Artist of the Year, in addition to Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin, and Jonathan McReynolds with four (4) nominations. In non-artist nominations, Jason Ingram leads with eight (8), along with Ed Cash, Jonathan Smith, and Jordan Sapp receiving seven (7) each. Notable first-time nominees include Kanye West (3), Gloria Gaynor (2), We The Kingdom (3), and Unspoken (2).

This year’s highly anticipated nominations were collectively presented by artists Brooke Ligertwood (Hillsong Worship), Joel Smallbone (for KING & COUNTRY), Anthony Brown, Christine D’Clario, Joseph Habedank, and Aaron Cole from their individual homes all across the country.

The program was broadcast exclusively on SiriusXM/Pandora’s “The Message,” (Channel 63), “Kirk Franklin’s Praise” (Channel 64) and “EnLighten” (Channel 65). Watch the Nominee Announcement in its entirety on the GMA Dove Awards Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

“The GMA is honored to continue its legacy of celebrating our diverse creative community and the music that moves us and ministers to us all, especially during these trying times.”….. “We believe this year, especially, our community and our world need to show love to one another and, above all, recognize and worship our faithful Creator,” says GMA President Jackie Patillo.

Full list of nominees HERE

Due to COVID-19, in lieu of the association hosting its annual awards show on TBN live, the show will be a variety of unique pre-recorded performances and acceptance speeches. Expect more information in the coming weeks. The 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards is a production of the Gospel Music Association.

 

Rebecca St. James To Release Her Highly Anticipated New EP “Dawn” July 24

Dawn, the highly anticipated Heritage Music debut from one of Christian music’s most lauded luminaries, GRAMMY® and multi-Dove Award winner Rebecca St. James, will be available July 24. Her first studio recording in nine years, the six-song EP reflects a poignantly personal path from suffering to renewal for St. James and her family.

“Worship just seems to be the right kind of music for me to make in this season; it’s so true to who I am and my roots,” St. James says of her return. “The foundation of the EP is the idea of dawn-a new sunrise, a new beginning, a new spring. The theme throughout is God’s redemption; new seasons of joy after pain, and hope.” 

“Nearly three years ago God did a rebirth in our little family during what we would call a winter,” St. James explains. “I miscarried twice after our first daughter, and it just felt like when it rains, it pours. It was winter on so many levels-dealing with internal pain, major vocational change and unknowns, outside family issues-just a lot all at once. Then God brought about a total change in my heart and in my husband’s heart too, and we felt that He delivered us into a spring season, a renewal that started on the interior.”  

Produced by St. James’ longtime collaborator Tedd T. (for KING & COUNTRY, Mutemath, Delirious) and Seth Mosley (Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns), Dawn features guest contributions from St. James’ brother-for KING & COUNTRY’s Luke Smallbone-as well as Bethel Music’s Josh Baldwin and Brandon Lake.

Chronicling her transformational journey through each track, St. James was joined by a host of Christian music’s top writers, including Smallbone, Baldwin, Bethel Music’s Kristene DiMarco, and Mia Fieldes, among others. Highlighted by the critically acclaimed debut single “Battle Is the Lord’s,” featuring Lake, Dawn also showcases the contemplative title-cut, a duet spotlighting St. James and Smallbone’s sibling harmonies; as well as the Baldwin-featured “Middle of the Fire,” an earnest anthem of unwavering trust in His faithfulness.

In addition, the EP finds St. James in fresh, yet familiar territory with the synth-pop “Ready For The Rain,” welcoming an outpouring of the Holy Spirit; the ebullient “Fall Back,” an encouragement to find peace in the grip of His love; and the worshipful closer, “Alleluia Jesus.”

“The time away from music has helped me come back with fresh energy,” St. James says. “It’s much easier to go with a formula that feels safe or sure to be received, but I’ve not wanted to do that. I’ve really wanted this project to feel progressive but also really accessible.”  

Among the most defining artists in Christian music history, GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter, best-selling author, speaker and actress Rebecca St. James rocketed into the global spotlight following the release of her self-titled ForeFront Records debut in 1994. The Australian native’s modern pop sensibilities and uncompromising lyrics set a benchmark in Christian music, leading a new generation of artistry in the genre.

St. James has earned multiple Dove Awards, nine #1 Christian radio singles and two GOLD®-certified recordings, and her discography includes such iconic albums as Pray, God and Transform. Author of the best-selling titles Wait For Me (Thomas Nelson) and Pure (Hachette/Faithwords), among others, she starred in the 2009 film Sarah’s Choice; portrayed Mary Magdalene in the groundbreaking rock opera !Hero; and voiced “Hope, The Angel” in VeggieTales’ best-selling DVD The Easter Carol, in addition to other diverse roles. An award-winning songwriter, St. James co-penned multiple selections on for KING & COUNTRY’s blockbuster 2019 recording, Burn the Ships, and she is also the host of Rebecca St. James Friends & Family, a weekly podcast on faith, family and community available via the Accessmore platform.

Heritage Music is an imprint of Bethel Music, the 11-time Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY®-nominated Christian worship ministry formed as an extension of Bethel Church in Redding, California. A global outreach comprising a collective of songwriters, artists and musicians, Bethel Music was named among the top record labels in Christian music last year by Billboard.

Courtesy of Hallels.com

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