Kanye West Gets Nine Nominations In Christian & Gospel Categories At 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Sep 23 2020

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday (Sept. 22). In the Christian and Gospel categories Kanye West grabbed nine nominations for his 'Jesus Is King' album, including top Christian artist, top gospel artist, top Christian album, top gospel album and top Christian song. West also competes against himself for top gospel song, receiving four of the five nominations in the category, with "Closed on Sunday," "Follow God," "On God" and "Selah" all nominated.

Kelly Clarkson will return as host for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC. This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020, which was intended for the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

for KING & COUNTRY has been nominated for two Billboard Music Awards - Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Song - 'God Only Knows'. Joel and Luke Smallbone, the brothers that make up for KING & COUNTRY, share in a statement: "2020 has been a year that none of us will forget, and through these times it’s given us a new perspective about life, but also about music and the role that it plays. Music has been one of the things that has comforted and helped provide healing to hurting people all over the world and for us. It feels as though the message of ‘God Only Knows’ rings truer now than when we wrote the song. Yes, ‘God Only Knows’ what we’ve all been through in 2020, but despite all of that, we believe there is still a kind of love that ‘God Only Knows.’ To the Billboard Music Awards for the nominations and for continuing to recognize the power of music in such desperate times as these, we say a heartfelt ‘thank you very much.’ We’re most grateful!"

Kirk Franklin earned three nominations, whilst Lauren Daigle, Hillsong United, Bethel Music and Casting Crowns all earned two 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”

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