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MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING HILLSONG WORSHIP WINS FIRST-EVER GRAMMY® AWARD FOR POWERHO– USE SONG “WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME”

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Hillsong Worship won its first GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their genre-smashing single, What A Beautiful Name that continues to be the fastest growing song in modern church history (112 million views on YouTube). The category, created in 2015, recognizes both songwriters and performers. “What A Beautiful Name,” recorded in 2016, was written by the worship collective‘s Brooke Ligertwood (formerly Brooke Fraser) and Ben Fielding who represented the group in accepting the award, which was among those handed out on-stage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The song won out over competing selections from Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, and MercyMe.

“We are so thrilled that a song about the Name who is most dear to us was honored with a GRAMMY award this year!,” Ligertwood, who accepted the award with Fielding on stage inside Madison Square Garden, New York, ahead of the main ceremony, said.

“We feel humbled by the opportunity to represent our wider team and church at such a prestigious occasion that rightly celebrates all music. The reach and impact of ‘What a Beautiful Name‘ has been encouraging and truly and honor. We seek to write songs that can genuinely connect the hearts of people with the heart of God through worship, and the connection this song seems to have made can only be by the grace of God.”

“No matter how far or close you feel to God or no matter how great the distance His love is greater, His name is more powerful, more wonderful, more beautiful than any other,” Fielding said.

“With a 25+ year legacy of writing and recording songs for believers everywhere, we recognize that we are walking on a path foraged by the dedicated and devoted songwriters and worship leaders building our team, church and this legacy before us, which began with our pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, and their fearless commitment to the new song and the next generation,” Ligertwood added.

With more than 20 million career album sales and over 1.5 billion career streams, Australia-based Hillsong Worship has helped shape praise & worship over the last two decades through its catalog of songs that continue to be sung by an estimated 50 million churchgoers worldwide each week. Their award-winning single “What A Beautiful Name” spent nine consecutive weeks at#1 atop the National Christian Audience radio chart and remains the #1 most consumed track in Christian music. Concurrently, the single was named Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Christian Song of the Year topping its Hot Christian Songs chart (which blends airplay, streaming and sales data) on Feb. 25, holding strong in the No. 1 position for 34 weeks (through the chart dated Feb. 3, 2018).

“From the early days of Hillsong Church, having an environment that encourages the new song has been part of our DNA,” adds Brian Houston, global senior pastor of Hillsong Church. “It is humbling that these songs frequently resonate across the globe and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a song that is all about the name which is above every other name, the name of Jesus, is the song that has been honored this year with a GRAMMY Award win. Congratulations to Brooke and Ben for writing such a beautiful and heartfelt song.”

With unprecedented record sales and numerous award accolades, Hillsong Worship continues to impact millions worldwide with its chart-topping catalog of songs.

Their recent GRAMMY Award win accompanies a host of other honors bestowed this past year including being named Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of 2017 as well as its Top Christian Duo/Group.

About Hillsong Worship: 
With a catalog sung by an estimated 50 million people worldwide each week, Hillsong Worship is passionate about equipping and mobilizing believers everywhere with Christ-centered songs of God-glorifying worship for the building of the Church. For almost three decades, Hillsong Worship has served people across nations and generations, travelling the world leading diverse expressions of the Church in the worship of Jesus. By God’s grace its “local church” worship songs such as “Shout To The Lord,” “Mighty To Save,” “Hosanna,” “Cornerstone,” “Forever Reign,” “Broken Vessels” and “This I Believe (The Creed)” have become the songs of churches all over the globe, in addition to finding a place in the personal devotion of individual believers everywhere. Their latest projects, “Let There Be Light,” “What A Beautiful Name EP,” and “Christmas: The Peace Project” are available now.

For more information, please visit:

Website:         hillsong.com/worship

Facebook:     facebook.com/hillsongworship

Twitter:            twitter.com/hillsongworship

Instagram:     instagram.com/hillsongworship

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BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES AUDITION PROCESS FOR UPCOMING SEASON 10 RETURN OF HIT SERIES “SUNDAY BEST”

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KIRK FRANKLIN RETURNS AS HOST & MENTOR, ALONG WITH JUDGES ERICA CAMPBELL, JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS AND KELLY PRICE

Kelly Price, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jonathan McReynolds, Erica Campbell and Kelly Price during a season 9 episode of “Sunday Best” on BET
(NEW YORK, NY) – February 7, 2020 – Returning to BET Network’s for season 10 is America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best.” The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host. Returning for the second consecutive year as judges are gospel songstress and host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell, and Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds.
Season 10 open call auditions will be held Saturday, February 15th in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope (4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034; registration 6am-11am). Atlanta auditions will be filmed for television. Aspiring contestants should be age 18+ and should prepare to sing a song from the list below:
1. Amazing Grace
2. Blessed Assurance
3. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
4. His Eye is On The Sparrow
5. I Need Thee Every Hour
6. I Surrender All
7. It Is Well With My Soul
8. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
9. Love Lifted Me10. Mary, Don’t You Weep
11. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
12. O Come, All Ye Faithful (O Come Let Us Adore Him)
13. Oh, How I Love Jesus
14. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
15. Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
16. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Aspiring contestants from around the country are encouraged to submit their audition online and get additional audition information at BET.com/SundayBest. The final day for online submissions is February 10, 2020, at 5:00 pm EST.
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), and Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) serve as executive producers of season ten of Sunday Best along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!), and Torrence Glenn (Celebration Of Gospel, Trumpet Awards) is co-executive producer. 
For updates and more information about “Sunday Best”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.
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