Grammy-nominated MercyMe was honored with their eighth and ninth Billboard Music Award nominations Monday for the categories of Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Song for "Flawless." The nominations were announced live on ABC's "Good Morning America."
MercyMe was previously nominated in 2011 for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album, in 2012 for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Song, and in all three Christian categories in 2015.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards broadcast will air live on Sunday, May 22, on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Billboard Music Award announcement arrives during MercyMe's spring 2016 tour. Featuring special guests Citizen Way and Zealand Worship, the tour will wrap up on May 1. For more information, visit mercyme.org/tour.
Since their debut in 2001, the Grammy-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award-winning MercyMe have sold more than 8.5 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered 27 No. 1 multiformat Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with "I Can Only Imagine," (No. 4 AC/top 25 on top 40/Hot AC), "Here With Me" (No. 4 AC), "Homesick" (top 10 AC) and "So Long Self." The band's radio success has continued with recent singles "Flawless" (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and "Greater" (No. 1 for 16 weeks), landing MercyMe the top Christian airplay artist spot on Billboard's 2015 yearend charts.
MercyMe made history in 2014 as "I Can Only Imagine" surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 song of the decade and the group the No. 1 artist of the decade in both the Christian songs and Christian AC songs categories, recognizing the band as one of the industry's most notable talents. They have sold out venues throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, "Today," "CBS This Morning," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," FOX New Channel's "FOX & Friends," CNN, ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more.
MercyMe's eighth studio album, "Welcome To The New," garnered two Grammy nods and continues to be a top-selling title more than 105 weeks after its release.
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