Hillsong UNITED was named Top Christian Artist at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, held live in Las Vegas from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Also winning in the Christian genre categories was Lecrae with Top Christian Album for 'Anomaly', whilst Carrie Underwood's 'Something in the Water' won Top Christian Song.
"At this point it's all so far beyond us that everything and nothing is a surprise," shares Joel Houston, lead of Hillsong UNITED.
"We've been riding on this scandalous grace for so long and throwing everything we have into not taking a moment of it for granted. It means a lot to be recognized on this kind of platform and with so many incredible artists we love and admire.
I feel like this award belongs to the many in our church and others around the world who faithfully give their time and energy week in week out, often behind the scenes and with no desire for accolade or applause. If anything, the songs and whatever they achieve are the overflow of that spirit to simply serve God and serve others."
UNITED is set to release their highly anticipated album EMPIRES (Hillsong Music/Capitol CMG) Tuesday, May 26. Already touted by fans as "the best album yet," "mind blowing" and "absolutely amazing," EMPIRES is available for pre-order now with three instant downloads - "Prince of Peace," "Heart Like Heaven," and the current radio single, "Touch The Sky, " which continues to hold the No.1 spot on the iTunes' Singles chart.