Kanye West has been named the Top Gospel Artist of 2020 by Billboard and is also the 2020 Top Male Gospel Artist.
On Thursday night, December 3, the publication revealed Yeezy’s new achievements.
Kanye beat out Kirk Franklin at No. 2, Tasha Cobbs Leonard at No. 3, Sunday Service Choir at No. 4, Travis Greene at No. 5, Marvin Sapp at No. 6, Kierra Sheard at No. 7, Koryn Hawthorne at No. 8, Maverick City Music at No. 9, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 10 on the list of entertainers for the Top Gospel Artist chart
Kanye beat out Kirk Franklin, who is at No. 2, Travis Green at No. 3, Marvin Sapp at No. 4, and Jonathan McReynolds at No. 5, for Top Male Gospel Artist.
In the report, Billboard Magazine said:
West’s 2019 album, Jesus Is King, his first spiritual collection, opened at the top of Top Gospel Albums, Top Christian Albums, and the Billboard 200 of all genres.
The collection received 264,000 equivalent album units in its opening week on the Nov. 9, 2019, date lists, the biggest week ever for a faith-based album. Jesus Is King has spent more than a year at No. 1 since its release and is the No. 1 album on the year-end tally of Top Gospel Albums.
The No. 2 2020 Christian Album also comes from the world of the West. Jesus Is Born finishes in the runner-up spot, credited to the Sunday Service Choir (with production by West).
Jesus Is Born entered Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Jan. 4, 2020) at No. 2 after only a day-and-a-half of tracks, beginning with 6,000 equivalent album units received (3,000 in album sales) in the week ending Dec. 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
On Top Gospel Songs, Jesus Is Born peaked at No. 2, not making it to the pinnacle just because the West’s own Jesus Is King LP dominated at No. 1. The Leading Gospel Party of 2020 is also the Sunday Service Choir.
“In the meantime, “Follow God” has been at No. 1. for more than 40 weeks. At the same time, on the year-end Gospel Streaming Songs chart, it is the No. 1 album and No. 2 on Gospel Digital Song Sales.
Plus, the 2020 Hot Gospel Songs title No. 4 is West’s “Wash Us in the Blood,” featuring Travis Scott.
“Wash Us” on the surveys dated July 11 started at No. 1 on both Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs.” It ruled on the former for eight weeks and on the latter for two frames. It is also 2020’s No. 1 album on Gospel Digital Song Sales.