Kanye West’s Faith-Filled Music Makes History
By Cooper Dowd, Staff Writer
Kanye West made history at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards with his faith-filled music. West is the first artist to win both Billboard’s Top Gospel Album and Top Christian Album awards with his Christian album Jesus is King.
“The controversial star won for both top gospel album and top Christian album for Jesus Is King. West is the first artist to win in both categories,” reported Billboard.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards were held Wednesday, and West was nominated for nine Billboard awards. The 43-year-old entertainer took home four. West won all three of the Gospel categories including, Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album, and Top Gospel Song for “Follow God.”
Although West got nominated for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Song, the awards went to Lauren Daigle and For King & Country.
“Thank God for the favor the increase,” posted West on Twitter after the event. “thank Billboard awards for the 9 nominations and 4 wins. Invite me next time and I’ll pull up.”
Thank God for the favor the increase and these YEEZY SLIIIIIIIDZZZZ ⛷ thank Billboard awards for the 9 nominations and 4 wins. Invite me next time and I’ll pull up pic.twitter.com/ZiqIIwI6Wp
— ye (@kanyewest) October 15, 2020
Last October, West released his first Christian album called Jesus is King, and it quickly became his most popular release. Along with the album, West also released a 35-minute documentary under the same title. According to Billboard, Jesus is King broke West’s prior streaming record, giving him approximately 196.9 million on-demand streams.
West is an outspoken Christian despite often being met with controversy. However, following West’s announcement to run for President, the award-winning artist said he is pro-life and wants to reinstate God into public schools.
Movieguide® previously reported:
Kanye West publicly proclaimed bold, biblical statements as he detailed his platform for a potential presidential run. Some of his key points were abortion and putting prayer back in schools.
“I am pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible,” West said in an interview with Forbes magazine.