BMI Pays Tribute To Gospel Trailblazers Of 2020

BMI honored its best and brightest in Gospel music today (June 29) with its Trailblazers of Gospel Music virtual celebration. The honorees were announced on and across the organization’s digital platforms, celebrating the inspirational and transformative music of BMI’s accomplished Gospel writers.

Reverential hymn “I’m Getting Ready,” co-written by Todd Galberth, was named BMI’s Gospel Song of the Year. Performed by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, featuring Nicki Minaj, the song spent 52 weeks on Billboard’s Gospel charts and peaked at number one, earning Galberth his very first BMI Gospel Award.

Kirk Franklin received the coveted Songwriter of the Year award for penning three of BMI’s most-performed Gospel songs of 2019, including “If You Don’t Mind,” “Love Theory,” and “Never Alone.”

Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing received the Publisher of the Year distinction for representing five of the top-performing Gospel songs of the previous year, “If You Don’t Mind,” “I’m Getting Ready,” “Never Alone,” “Stand In Awe” and “Victory.”

BMI also paid homage to the 20 most-performed Gospel Songs of the Year (2019). This year’s crop of winners featured 20 first-time Trailblazer Award recipients, including Maranda Curtis for her hit song “Nobody Like You Lord.”

To honor these achievements, BMI created a web page for fans to watch special video messages and performances, listen to award-winning music, and learn more about their favorite Gospel songwriters at

“BMI is proud to honor these remarkable luminaries of Gospel music,” said BMI Vice President Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Their music gives us strength and encouragement, and their voices are a source of comfort and healing when we need it most. We thank our songwriters for sharing their musical gifts that uplift, empower and encourage us all, as we unite in the movement for change, and we look forward to coming together in fellowship once again next year.”


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