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
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”


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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.

Lauren Daigle’s “How Can It Be” Gets Repackaged With Bonus And Live Tracks On Vinyl And CD

Lauren Daigle has released a deluxe version of her double platinum album How Can It Be. How Can It Be Deluxe Edition features the hit songs “How Can It Be,” “Trust In You,” “Come Alive (Dry Bones),” “O Lord,” and “First.” Bonus tracks include 2 never released songs, 2 video session tracks, and “How Can It Be (Live)!” The deluxe version is available both as a CD as well as vinyl.

Here are the track listing for the CD version:

Track Listing:
1. First
2. How Can It Be
3. Trust In You
4. My Revival
5. Loyal
6. Power to Redeem feat. All Sons & Daughters
7. Here’s My Heart
8. O’Lord (Album Version)
9. I Am Yours
10. Come Alive (Dry Bones)
11. Salt & Light
12. Once And For All
13. Now Is Forever (Bonus Track)
14. Wordless (Bonus Track)
15. First (Deluxe Sessions)
16. Come Alive (Dry Bones) (Deluxe Sessions)
17. How Can It Be (Live)

The 17-Song Deluxe Edition is also available now on 180 gram vinyl. Here’s the tracklisting of the vinyl:

Side A
1. First
2. How Can It Be
3. Trust In You
4. My Revival

Side B
1. Loyal
2. Power to Redeem (Feat. All Sons & Daughters)
3. Here’s My Heart
4. O’ Lord (Album Version)

Side C
1. I Am Yours
2. Come Alive (Dry Bones)
3. Salt & Light
4. Once And For All
5. Now Is Forever (Bonus Track)

Side D
1. Wordless (Bonus Track)
2. First (Deluxe Sessions)
3. Come Alive (Dry Bones) (Deluxe Sessions)
4. How Can It Be (Live)

Daigle is a two-time Billboard Music Award winner, a two-time Grammy nominee and an American Music Award winner. With a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Daigle has forged a unique sound that is reminiscent of the soulful, heart-in-throat vulnerability of Adele mixed with the raw power of Amy Winehouse. Her ability to connect with her audience has captured critical acclaim and recognition as the fastest-selling new artist for her genre of the last decade. Her debut album, How Can It Be, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and has produced three certified Gold singles.


Lauren Daigle Breaks Silence On George Floyd’s Death

The video showing George Floyd dying with his neck under the knee of a police officer, as three other police officers stood looking on, has sparked universal outrage. This includes Christian music singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle. The Louisiana native was brought to tears when recounting what she heard happened to George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.

Daigle has released a 53-minute response after being questioned about it by some of her friends. “I received a lot of text messages yesterday about my silence regarding the George Floyd issue,” Daigle said at the top of an Instagram video.

“Let me assure everybody that silence has nothing to do with a lack of concern because I haven’t had a moment to pray and reflect and ask God where to stand with my words, how to communicate without words. I know where I stand, but with my words, how do I speak?”

“How can the heart of man be like that? I don’t understand. I’m shaking with anger,” she said in tears. “And no officer said anything. I have no idea what it’s like to be a police officer. I’m not even going to begin the barrage of thoughts on how to handle situations. But my gosh, I don’t know how much more evidence you need to say, ‘Hey, maybe you should let up bro.’ This is wrong!” 

She added, “When it comes to George Floyd, I didn’t even watch the video, just upon hearing about what happened. I am still shaking, and I know I’m late to the party, but it doesn’t mean the weight is any different.”


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