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

Kanye West Does Not have Enough Signatures to be a Candidate for President

The Illinois State Board of Elections today reviewed five activists’ objections to the official petition signatures submitted by Kanye West to be a candidate for President.  The findings of the board show West with only 1200 valid signatures, far short of the 2500 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.  The majority of signatures West submitted were from people who are not registered voters in Illinois, as required by law, and many signatures appeared to be fraudulent. West now has the choice of withdrawing his candidacy, as he did following a similar objection in New Jersey, or being officially removed from the ballot by the State Board of Elections.

“We hope Kanye West gets the help he needs on a personal level,” said Sean Tenner, one of the objectors from Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.  “But insulting and lying about Harriet Tubman, one of America’s greatest abolitionists who frequently risked her life so others could be free, is simply unacceptable from a presidential candidate.  We’ve had enough divisive rhetoric like that in the past four years.”

The joint objection was filed by Reverend Mitchell Johnson of South Holland, Sean Tenner of Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood, Denise Bradley of the Englewood neighborhood, Charles Morris of the South Shore neighborhood and Steve Spagnolo of the Albany Park neighborhood.  All have been active in causes and organizations related to education about civil rights and the history of slavery.  Johnson and Tenner host a program on WVON, Chicago’s most popular African-American radio station.

With his failure to get on the ballot in Illinois, it is now mathematically impossible for West to be elected President even if he won every single state where he could still get on the ballot.  The ballot access deadline has passed in 21 states and DC which together hold 246 electoral votes. With his withdrawal from New Jersey (14) and eventual removal from Illinois (20) there is no path to the required 270 electoral votes.

“We need more education about Harriet Tubman’s legacy in this country – not mistruths about her,” said Reverend Johnson.  “We were saddened that West disrespected her legacy and then disrespected the laws of our state in a doomed effort to get on the ballot.”

The Objectors were represented by attorney Ed Mullen.  “West fell far short of the legal requirements to appear on the ballot in Illinois,” Mullen noted.  “A federal court reduced the standard signature requirement from 25,000 to 2,500 because of the COVID pandemic, and West was unable to even surpass this dramatically lower threshold. West’s lack of valid petition signatures is a sign of a disorganized and not ready for prime-time campaign.”

Kanye West Reveals Track Listing and Cover Of New Album “Donda”

Besides running for the Presidency of the country, Kanye West has revealed the cover and track listing of his forthcoming album Donda. The album was originally planned to be released on July 24 but has been delayed.

Nevertheless. Kanye West has at least delivered the album cover. “DONDA ALBM CVR,” he captioned the Twitter update giving a look at the colorful Donda art on Saturday night (July 25). Last week, West announced the new project would be released on Friday (July 24), and even posted a picture of a track list and the promise of an accompanying movie — but none of it has made an appearance yet.

Kanye West’s Donda Album Tracklist

1. “Stay on ‘Em”
2. “I Know God Breathed on This”
3. “Off the Grid”
4. “Keep My Spirit Alive”
5. “In God’s Country”
6. “God’s Country”
7. “Future Sounds”
8. “Praise God”
9. “New Body”
10. “Space X”
11. “Donda”
12. “Lord I Need You”

West’s 2019 release Jesus Is King, was a Christian hip hop album. On the US charts, the album became the first to ever top the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums at the same time. He also collaborated with Vanessa Beecroft on two operas, Nebuchadnezzar and Mary. On December 25, 2019, West and Sunday Service released Jesus Is Born, containing 19 songs including several re-workings of older West songs.

 

Courtesy of hallels.com

 

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Kanye West New Single “Wash Us In the Blood” Feat Travis Scott

Kanye West has teamed up with Travis Scott for his latest single, “Wash Us In the Blood.”  The song is the first single from West’s upcoming album, God’s Country, which follows Jesus Is King and Jesus Is Born, both released in 2019.

Like the works on “Jesus is Born,” “Wash Us In the Blood” is a song of worship. Lyrics include: “Rain down on us (Huh) // Holy Spirit, come down (Ooh) // Holy Spirit, come down (Ah) // We need You now // Wash us in the blood (Ooh) // Whole life bein’ thugs (Ah) // No choice, sellin’ drugs (God) // Genocide what it does // Slavery what it does.” 

The single is already for sale on West’s website. In addition to digital downloads, CDs, cassettes and vinyl are being offered.

 

 

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courtesy of hallels.com

Kanye West Dropping Gospel Album “Jesus Is King” With Tracklist & Release Date

It looks like Kanye may be releasing another album entirely, almost a year to the day after Yandhi was originally supposed to drop. People think he’s trying to win Christian fans over or for the money e.t.c. To be honest, Christianity is popular right now. Chance the Rapper did “The Bid Day” album that had some christian songs. He sounds very genuine when you listen to his interviews, his Faith is at the forefront whatever the subject he’s talking about. Now, what has kept West in the news this year is his Sunday Services, livestreamed ad hoc church worship services where he’s covered classic songs and converts his own hits into gospel music, choir and all. Based on a tweet from Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian, it appears he is going to keep rolling with that theme.

 

Kanye West Album “Jesus Is King”

Kardashian tweeted what looks to be a tracklist and release date for a new Kanye album called “Jesus Is King” written by hand. A release date of 9/27 is listed. Song titles include “Baptized,” “Sweet Jesus,” “God Is,” and “Selah,” Also is “Water,” the new song Kanye debuted at Coachella Sunday Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the full tracklist below.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Clade”
02 “Garden”
03 “Selah”
04 “God Is”
05 “Baptized”
06 “Sierra Canyon”
07 “Hands On”
08 “Wake The Dead”
09 “Water”
10 “Through The Valley”
11 “Sunday”
12 “Sweet Jesus”