Centricity Music's Lauren Daigle took home two Billboard Music Awards last night. Named Billboard's Top Christian Artist (she was nominated last year in the same category) Daigle also won Top Christian Album for the second year in a row with How Can It Be. Daigle was also nominated for Top Christian Song ("Trust In You"). The Billboard Music Awards were held live in Las Vegas from the T-Mobile Arena and aired on ABC.
In response to her multiple wins, Lauren Daigle exclaimed, "Wow! What an honor! I'm just blown away by the response of people who have connected with this music. In the pursuit of creative passion, it takes a village to accomplish dreams like this. I'm so thankful for all of my team, label, family, and friends who have believed in me from the beginning, and to all those who have invested in my work through purchasing or streaming this record. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. A major thank you to Billboard for giving a platform for our music to live, and also thanks to the fans. I am forever grateful. Much love!"
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ABOUT LAUREN DAIGLE: Signed to Centricity Music in 2013, Lauren Daigle's first full-length album How Can It Be, now RIAA Certified Gold, released in April 2015. The album was also nominated at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, while one of its top singles, "Trust In You," was nominated at this year's GRAMMY Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Along with winning a 2016 Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Album (How Can It Be), Daigle was also nominated last year for an American Music Award (Favorite Artist Contemporary/Inspirational). Just last month, Daigle performed on the 52nd Academy of Country Music AwardsTM with Reba McEntire. The duo sang McEntire's single "Back to God," which was lauded as one of the top collaborations that night.
Lauren Daigle has won six Dove Awards (nominated for ten), including New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year in 2015 and Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2016. Also last year, Daigle received three K-LOVE Fan Awards, including Artist of the Year, and she is nominated again this year for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year ("Trust In You") and Female Artist of the Year. The 5th Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards will be held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House on Sunday, May 28.
How Can It Be spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart. The album also premiered in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on iTunes' Christian Gospel Top Albums Chart. To date, the album has achieved an astounding 880,000 in total consumption, including 610,000 album sales, nearly 1.3 million in track sales, and more than 220 million streams, positioning Daigle as the fastest-selling new artist in Contemporary Christian music in the past decade. In her career to date, Lauren Daigle has had more than 172 million YouTube and Vevo views, with approximately 479,600 subscribers. Her video for "Trust in You" has had more than 28 million views.
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