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More Than a Dozen Christian Artists Nominated for 2018 Billboard Music Awards


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The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have officially been announced and 13 Christian artists and albums stand to win in six different categories.

The categories include "Top Christian Artist," "Top Gospel Artist," "Top Christian Album," "Top Gospel Album," "Top Christian Song," and "Top Gospel Song."

The nominees are:

Top Christian Artist:
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tamela Mann

Top Christian Album:
Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light 
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection 
MercyMe, Lifer 

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday
Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City 
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It 
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit 
Marvin Sapp, Close 

Top Christian Song:
Elevation Worship, "O Come To The Altar"

Hillsong Worship, "What A Beautiful Name"

Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, "I'll Find You"

MercyMe, "Even If"

Zach Williams, "Old Church Choir"

Top Gospel Song:

Anthony Brown & group therAPy, "Trust In You"

Travis Greene, "You Waited"

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, "You Deserve It"

Tamela Mann, "Change Me"

Charlie Wilson, "I'm Blessed"

Hillsong UNITED and Hillsong Worship were honored with a combined five Billboard Music Award nominations, the most out of their fellow-nominees.

The nominations come on the heels of Hillsong Worship's latest album release, "There Is More" which has earned more than 8 million total streams since it's April 6th release.

"We believe that music is a language that every living soul on the planet can resonate with and believe that the Gospel message is relevant to just as many people," says Brook Ligertwood of Hillsong Worship. "It's our honour to serve people by marrying the two and our sincere intention to do so with passion, integrity and authenticity, to a high creative standard.  To receive three Billboard award nominations is such an honour, and we pray we can continue to write and create songs that resonate as strongly as this particular collection has in our own church and beyond."

Many of the other nominees expressed their excitement on social media.

"Wow!! God is so faithful! It's such an honor to receive three nominations for @bbmas !! Truly humbled to make an impact all over the world with my music!" wrote gospel singer Travis Greene.

"I am SO honored to have 2 nominations at the 2018 @BBMAs!" Tasha Cobbs Leondard posted on Instagram.

"Such an honor to receive two 2018 Billboard Music Award @BBMAs nominations today! Don't miss the show, LIVE May 20th on NBC. #BBMAs" Tamela Mann wrote on Instagram.

"Wow, the blessings just keep on coming! Truly honored that my song #ImBlessed has been nominated for @bbmas Top Gospel Song of the year!" Charlie Wilson said.

"I'm honored to be up for a couple of #BBMAs this year! Tune in to the show on May 20th!" wrote Zach Williams.


I'm honored to be up for a couple of #BBMAs this year! Tune in to the show on May 20th!

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The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 on NBC.


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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle