Acclaimed worship band Hillsong United took home the award for Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. Next week the band is set to debut its fourth studio album Empires.
The Australian megachurch band was also nominated for a Billboard award in the "Top Christian Song" category for their chart-topping hit "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" although Country music star Carrie Underwood won for her platinum hit "Something In The Water." Rapper Lecrae took home the Top Christian Album award for Anomaly.
"At this point it's all so far beyond us that everything and nothing is a surprise," Hillsong pastor Joel Houston told The Christian Post on Monday. "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. more >>
Christian rapper Lecrae won the Top Christian Album award for his hit "Anomaly" at this year's Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas on Sunday.
"Congrats & thanks to the producers, engineers, artists, label, distribution, family & fans on Anomaly's Billboard Award," Lecrae wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
Lecrae was also nominated for Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, but lost that category to Australia-based Hillsong United. Other nominees for that award included Casting Crowns, MercyMe and the Newsboys. more >>
Carrie Underwood won the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song with her hit "Something in the Water" on Sunday night.
The faith-filled ballad incorporates strong themes of Christianity such as conversion, baptism and keeping the faith with lyrics that include: "Couldn't fight back the tears so I fell on my knees / Saying 'God if you're there come and rescue me.' Felt love pouring down from above / got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I'm changed / now I'm stronger." Further, "Something in the Water" ends with an interpolation of "Amazing Grace" before Underwood belts out a portion of the hymn.
In a past interview, Underwood described recording "Something in the Water," recalling that the song, which became the singer's longest-running No. 1 hit on Billboard charts to date, was very special. more >>
Last week, the legendary blues guitarist B. B. King died at the age of 89, and I truly hope he is in God's presence now, either as someone who knew the Lord during his lifetime or as someone who found grace in the closing moments of his life.
But my purpose in writing this article is not to judge Mr. King. Instead, it is to raise the question of what our society means when it says "Christian."
A few days ago, after hearing the news of King's passing, I went to Wikipedia to read more about his final days. more >>
Two years after the release of her Sandy Hook shooting-inspired album Need You Now, acclaimed Christian singer Plumb is back with what could possibly be her most raw and compelling project yet and she's not afraid to let it be known that she's been through some things.
Exhale, which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes earlier this month, marks the Nashville-based singer's seventh studio album and she recently shared with The Christian Post how overcoming a number of life's hurdles, including the near demise of her marriage, inspired the new album.
"...I just made it with a completely new heart, a different head space, a different agenda," Plumb, 40, told CP about Exhale. more >>
The CMT Music Awards nominations were announced Wednesday and Carrie Underwood is in the lead with five nominations, including two for "Something in the Water."
Underwood is in comeptition to receive awards in three categories for the June 10 CMT Music Awards show.
The singer received two bids for video of the year category with "Something in the Water" and "Somethin' Bad" featuring Miranda Lambert, two nominations for female video of the year with "Something in the Water" and "Little Toy Guns," and finally, one nod for collaborative video of the year with "Somethin' Bad." more >>