Kanye West is Billboard’s gospel artiste of the year

It’s been a weird year, and 2020 continues to surprise.

Kanye West was named the top gospel artiste of the year by Billboard magazine.
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In the latest turn of events, Kanye West has been named the Top Gospel Artist of 2020 by Billboard.

West beat out genre staples including Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, his own Sunday Service Choir and Travis Greene, who completed the top five in that order.

Naturally, the distinction means that he’s also the top male gospel artiste for the year.

West’s album Jesus Is King launched at the summit of the Top Gospel Albums, Top Christian Albums and the Billboard 200 charts.

The project sold 264,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release, the biggest ever for a faith-based album.

West also tops the year-end song of the year Hot Gospel Songs with his Follow God which was driven by airplay, streaming and actual sales.

Cobbs Leonard was named the Top Female Artist of the year after okacubg two albums in the year-end list.