Bet Gospel Music Awards: The Best of the Best

The Bet Gospel Music Awards are back and better than ever! This year, we’re celebrating the best of the best in gospel music, and you don’t want to miss it.

Tune in on Sunday, February 11 at 8/7c to catch all the action, and be sure to check out our list of nominees before the show.


The annual BET Gospel Music Awards show is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for gospel music lovers. The awards celebrate the best and brightest in the genre, and this year’s show did not disappoint. From powerhouse performances to emotional acceptance speeches, here are some of the highlights from this year’s show.

The Awards

The BET Gospel Music Awards is an awards show that was established in 2005 by the BET network. The show is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of artists in the gospel music industry. The show features performances by some of the biggest names in gospel music, as well as awards presentations and tributes.

Best Male Artist

The BET Gospel Music Awards are awarded annually by BET. The awards ceremony features performances by artists, and some awards are presented before the formal ceremony begins. The award for Best Male Artist was first presented in 2001, and has been given out every year since then. The award was not presented in 2006 and 2007.

Past winners of the Best Male Artist award are:
-2001: Kirk Franklin
-2002: Yolanda Adams
-2003: Marvin Sapp
-2004: Donnie McClurkin
-2005: James Fortune & FIYABO
-2008: Hezekiah Walker
-2009: Fred Hammond
-2010: Smokie Norful
-2011: Marvin Sapp

Best Female Artist

The BET Gospel Music Awards is an annual award show to recognize the achievements of gospel music artists. The awards ceremony is held in early spring, usually in March or April. The awards are presented by BET Networks.

Best Female Artist
The best female artist award is given to the artist who has made the most significant impact on the gospel music industry during the eligibility period. This year’s nominees are:
-Tamela Mann
-Tasha Cobbs
-Kierra Sheard
– Erica Campbell
-Deitrick Haddon

Best New Artist

The Bet Gospel Music Awards honors the best in Gospel music. This award is given to the best new artist of the year.

Best Collaboration

This award is presented to the artists who delivered the best performance in a collaborative effort. The nominees are judged on the quality of their work, creativity, and overall contribution to the project.

Best Music Video

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) is pleased to announce that the nominees for the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards are led by veteran artist Michael W. Smith and include several first-time nominees. In total, there are seven artists and/or groups that have earned nominations in multiple categories.

The 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place live on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET. The show will also be available to watch live on TBN on October 20th at 8 p.m., and globally on the TBN app and website (iTunes, Roku, Amazon Fire and more).

This year’s show will feature performances by Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, CeCe Winans, Israel Houghton, Koryn Hawthorne, Lights & Sounds of Gospel—presented by ASCAP—and more to be announced in the coming weeks. A full list of this year’s nominees can be found below:

Best Music Video

“All In” – Matthew West
Director: Jason Epperson

“Best Days” – Tamela Mann
Director: Darren Doane

“Famous For (I Believe)” – Tauren Wells feat. Jenn Johnson
Director: Nathan Corrona

“God So Loved” – We The Kingdom
Directors: Andy Stocks & Andrew Stanton

“Goodness Of God” – Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson
Directors: Sam Kensinger & Pete Nappi

“Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship feat. Chandler Moore & Maverick City Music
Directors: Patrick Tohill & Josh Liveoak

The Winners

The Bet Gospel Music Awards were held last night and it was a night to remember. The award show celebrates the best and brightest in Gospel music and this year was no different. The awards show was hosted by Kirk Franklin and featured performances by some of Gospel music’s biggest stars. So, who won?

Best Male Artist

Kirk Franklin was awarded the first-ever BET Gospel Music Award for Best Male Artist. He has been a powerhouse in the gospel music industry for over 20 years. Franklin has won numerous awards, including 14 Grammy Awards, 39 Stellar Awards, and 23 Dove Awards. He is also a New York Times bestselling author.

Best Female Artist

The best female artist is a Gospel music awards category that has been present since the 1st annual BET Gospel Music Awards in 2001. The award is given to a gospel music artist (solo or group) who has delivered outstanding music during the eligibility period.

In 2001, Yolanda Adams became the first recipient of the award for her album Mountain High…Valley Low. She would win the award again in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, she was succeeded by Hezekiah Walker, who won for his album Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College. Walker won again in 2005. Mary Mary became the first group to win the award when they won in 2006 for their album Mary Mary. They would win again in 2007 and 2008.

Best New Artist

The Bet Gospel Music Awards are always one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year, and this year was no different. Gospel music fans from all over the world tuned in to see which artists would take home the coveted trophies, and there were plenty of deserving winners.

One of the most highly-contested categories is always Best New Artist, and this year was no exception. The nominees were all incredibly talented, but in the end, there could only be one winner. And that winner was Jekalyn Carr!

Carr is a young gospel singer who has already made a huge impact on the music industry. Her debut album, “The Life Project,” topped the Billboard Gospel chart and earned her a Grammy nomination. She has also been nominated for multiple BET Awards, Stellar Awards, and Dove Awards.

Carr’s win at the Bet Gospel Music Awards is just another indicator of her rising star power. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

Best Collaboration

The best collaborations are a special breed. It’s not just about two artists with complementary styles coming together to make great music – it’s about two artists with a shared vision and a genuine respect for one another. This year’s nominees for Best Collaboration all fit that bill, and they represent some of the best work from some of the biggest names in Gospel music.

This year’s nominees for Best Collaboration are:

-Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready”
-Kirk Franklin & TORI KELLY – “Never Alone”
-Brian Courtney Wilson & Mali Music – “All I Need”
-Tauren Wells & Jenn Johnson – “Famous For (I Believe)”

Best Music Video

The Best Music Video award went to Hillsong UNITED for their video “So Will I (100 Billion X).” The video was directed by Nathan Corrona and produced by Steve Mullen.


After watching the BET Gospel Music Awards, it is evident that this is a awards show like no other. The artists that are nominated and winner are not only incredibly talented, but they have managed to crossover into the mainstream while still maintaining their integrity and message. This show is a celebration of African American culture and music, and it is clear that the artists involved take their craft very seriously. If you are a fan of gospel music, or simply want to see some of the best performers in the industry, the Bet Gospel Music Awards is definitely worth watching.

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