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Jamie Grace‘s long-running hit single “Beautiful Day” finishes 2014 as the year’s No. 1 Hot Gospel Song. That chart-topping finish was encouraged by its handsome 20-week run at No. 1 atop the weekly multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart. (For good measure, the song also hit No. 3 on the weekly Hot Christian Songs tally in January.)

The song’s prolonged dominance also helps earn the artist a No. 2 finish on theHot Gospel Songs Artists recap, behind Lecrae.

Women account for almost half of the artists in the top 10 on Hot Gospel Songs Artists list for the year — Tamela Mann ranks at No. 4, Tasha Cobbs ranks at No. 5, while Michelle Williams ranks at No. 10. “Beautiful Day” is also the No. 1 Gospel Digital Songs title—it topped that chart for 13 cumulative weeks.

Mann’s runaway hits “I Can Only Imagine” and “Take Me to the King” also bring the artist top honors on the Gospel Streaming Songs Artists recap. “King” topped that survey for 50 cumulative weeks during the chart year, while “Imagine” peaked at No. 6 during a 34-week chart run. The latter title is the year’s No. 1 Gospel Airplay hit (13 weeks at No. 1), and Mann additionally crowns the Gospel Airplay Artists recap.

Lecrae Leads as Top Gospel Artist: Due to a string of eight top 10 entries on Hot Gospel Songs (including three No. 1s) and a well-received album in Anomaly,Christian rap/hip-hop artist Lecrae is the No. 1 Gospel Artist for the year, the topHot Gospel Songs Artist, the No. 1 Gospel Albums Artist, and the No. 1 Gospel Digital Songs Artist. Anomaly similarly leads the Gospel Albums list for the year.

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source: Billboard.com

The Year in Gospel: Lecrae Dominates, Christian Rap/Hip-Hop Policy Revised was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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