Gospel nominees for 50th annual NAACP Image Awards revealed

Photography by Jason McCoy

The 5 nominations include new and veteran artists

The 50th annual NAACP Image Awards nominations have been revealed and the gospel categories boast five nominees.

Jonathan McReynolds received a nomination for “Outstanding Gospel Album for  his Billboard #1 album Make Room.  The album  debuted  #1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Albums Chart and #2 on Top Christian/Gospel Albums. It broke into the mainstream charts at #27 on Top Current Albums and #97 on the Hot 200. The live LP is his third full album and the fourth overall release. Make Room was previously nominated for a GRAMMY ® Award earlier this year.

Jonathan McReynolds gets NAACP nomination
Photography by Jason McCoy

Tasha Cobbs Leonard earns her 2nd NAACP Image Award nomination for her 2018 album Heart.Passion.Pursuit.: Live At Passion City. The phenomenal live album, which offered outstanding live performances of Cobbs Leonard’s popular songs, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Gospel chart when it was released in November 2018 and continues to maintain a top position.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard gets NAACP nomination
Courtesy RCAI
Koryn Hawthorne, Photo courtesy RCAI

RCA Inspiration celebrates two nominations  with Koryn Hawthorne garnering recording nods for Outstanding New Artist, and Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) for her #1 full-length debut Unstoppable.

Additionally,  Fo Yo Soul/RCA artist/songwriter Kirk Franklin garners a nod for his featured performance with Tori Kelly on her hit song “Never Alone,” which is nominated for Outstanding Song-Traditional, fresh off a GRAMMY® win this week for Best Gospel Performance/Song.


Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Live at Passion City Church– Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)
Hiding Place– Tori Kelly (Capitol Records)
Make Room– Jonathan McReynolds (Entertainment One)
One Nation Under God – Jekalyn Carr (LMG)
Unstoppable– Koryn Hawthorne (RCA Inspirational)

The 50th annual NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One on Saturday March 30th.

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