Christian Artists Honored at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

Photo from Gabby Barrett’s Instagram

Christian Artists Honored at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

By Movieguide® Staff

Billboard aired their 2021 Music Awards on May 23, highlighting the artists and bands who performed at the highest level on their billboard charts. The night included several Christian artists such as Gabby Barrett, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, and Christian bands like Elevation Worship. 

Barrett, who burst onto the country music scene after her run on AMERICAN IDOL, was nominated for Top New Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album, Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar, Top Selling Song, and Top Rated Song. Barrett took home first place in several categories, including Top Country Song, Top Collaboration and Top Country Female Artist.  

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“IDOL was such a huge highlight in my career. Even if it’s not the end all be all, it’s a big part of my journey,” Barrett said. “Two years later, people still message me, saying, ‘I just watched your performance of [Miranda Lambert’s] ‘Little Red Wagon’ on IDOL and I love it’ … It’s really nice to see people stick with you.”

Barrett also just announced the release of her first Christmas track with her rendition of the timeless classic “The First Noel.”

“Christmas is one of my absolute favorite days of the year,” Barrett said. “My faith is the cornerstone of my life, so being able to share both with ‘The First Noel’ is a gift. I feel so blessed to do what I do every day, and I hope that this song adds something special to your holidays.”

Billboard also honored Carrie Underwood, a fellow country artist, who won Top Christian Album for “My Gift.” Underwood was also nominated for Top Country Female Artist, Top Christian Artist and Top Country Album. 

Justin Bieber, who is candid about how God redeemed his life, was nominated in five categories: Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, and Top R&B Song. 

Kanye West took home the wins for both Top Gospel Song and Top Gospel Artist.  

Check out the complete list of nominees and winners in the Christian music categories: 

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns

Elevation Worship – WINNER


Carrie Underwood

Zach Williams


Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Maverick City Music

Kanye West – WINNER


Top Christian Album

Bethel Music, Peace

Elevation Worship, Grave Into Gardens

Carrie Underwood, My Gift – WINNER

We The Kingdom, Holy Water

Zach Williams, Rescue Story


Top Gospel Album

Koryn Hawthorne, I AM

Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Royalty: Live at the Ryman

Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1 – WINNER

Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2

Kierra Sheard, Kierra


Top Christian Song

Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, “Graves Into Gardens” – WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly, “TOGETHER”

Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship, “The Blessing (Live)”

Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson, “Famous For (I Believe)”

Zach Williams & Dolly Parton, “There Was Jesus”


Top Gospel Song

Koryn Hawthorne, “Speak To Me”

Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, “Movin’ On”

Marvin Sapp, “Thank You For It All”

Tye Tribbett, “We Gon’ Be Alright”

Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, “Wash Us In The Blood” – WINNER