Lauren Daigle Wins Artist of the Year at 2019 Dove Awards

LAUREN DAIGLE WINS ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT 2019 DOVE AWARDS


Christian singer Lauren Daigle has been named Artist of the Year at the annual Dove Awards. The successful recording artist, who came into the event with the most nominations, ended up winning additional awards for both “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.”

Much of Daigle’s good fortune and her masterful crossover into the mainstream music industry is down to her tremendously successful 2018 hit single, “You Say,” which has dominated the charts since its release.

“Interestingly, while “You Say” has been consistent with its reign, the tune it’s on the same level as was able to dominate the chart in three separate years, racking up a total of 61 frames at No. 1,” wrote  Hugh McIntyre at Forbes.

“With only two albums to her name, Lauren Daigle has already established herself as one of the most successful artists in Christian music history.”

“Just to see the support of so many people, it’s really, really moving. It’s overwhelming,” Daigle told the audience after winning song of the year, according to Fox News.

Lauren also took to social media following the event, expressing her amazement at the power of her songs in reaching the hearts of so many.

“Ahhh!! Honored with three @GMADoveAwards for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year!” she wrote. “It is incredible to see the impact these songs and the album are having in peoples lives and throughout our music community.”

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Ahhh!! Honored with three @GMADoveAwards for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year! It is incredible to see the impact these songs and the album are having in peoples lives and throughout our music community ✨ – Team LD

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Fans also expressed their gratitude to the 28-year-old for making such honest and faith-filled music. “Your songs reach deep into hearts,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Whatever you do, don’t change! We love you.”

 

Artist Kirk Franklin, who took home Gospel Artist of the Year, used his platform to urge prayers for the family of Texas woman who was shot dead by a police officer over the weekend.

 

After appearing on The Ellen Show earlier this month, Christian singer Lauren Daigle received severe backlash because the show’s host, Ellen DeGeneres, is openly gay. Now, the award-winning artist is sending a powerful message to her critics warning them to be kind to everyone no matter where they are at in their journey.

 

According to CBN News, Daigle recently sat down with WAY-FM Radio where she was asked about her experience performing on The Ellen Show and the controversy that followed her performance.

 

The singer told the interviewer, “I think the second we start drawing lines around which people are able to be approached and which aren’t, we’ve already completely missed the heart of God.”

 

She continued, “I don’t have all the answers in life, but one thing I know is that I can’t choose who I’m supposed to be kind to and who I’m not, because that’s the mission right? Be who Christ was to everyone as well.”

 

Daigle noted that Ellen chose the song “Still Rolling Stones” from her newest album Look Up Child for her to perform while appearing on the show.

 

The singer said, “I don’t know why but I know that she’s really purposeful in choosing a message as well, so maybe that was the one that spoke to her the most,” Daigle said.

 

Daigle’s career has skyrocketed over the past several months after the release on her newest album Look Up Child, which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200.

 

Popular Christian and Grammy-nominated singer Lauren Daigle couldn’t say if homosexuality is a sin because there are people she loves who are homosexual and she is not God.

 

Daigle’s response came when she was the featured guest on “The Domenick Nati Show” on iHeart radio last week.

 

Nati, a celebrity publicist, posted the ten-minute telephone interview with Daigle to YouTube, titling the video “Lauren Daigle Doesn’t Know If Homosexuality Is A Sin.”

 

He asked Daigle, 27, who’s known for the hits “How Can It Be” and “You Say,” a direct question due to her recent performance on The Ellen Show, “do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?”

 

“I can’t honestly answer on that,” Daigle responded. “In a sense, I have too many people that I love that they are homosexual. I don’t know. I actually had a conversation with someone last night about it. I can’t say one way or the other. I’m not God.

 

So when people ask questions like that…that’s what my go to is.  I just say read the Bible and find out for yourself.  And when you find out let me know, because I’m learning too,” she continued.

 

The pair also discussed Daigle’s October performance on “The Ellen Show” and the criticism she received for her appearance.

 

“This is the first time in my career that I’m genuinely getting criticized,” Daigle told Nati. “The second you step outside what people want for you. What people want you to do. The second you start doing you feel what you are supposed to do…if it doesn’t fall in line with what they want, that’s when the criticism comes.

 

For me, it was really sad that their outlook would be, ‘Oh, because Ellen’s gay, she’s bad.’ That’s sad. It’s so sad,” Daigle said. “What people don’t realize is I went to Ellen and she is just a bundle of light. She is so joyful. She was so kind.”

 

Daigle said Ellen encouraged her to stay focused and to remember that her career is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

“Do not burn yourself out,” the singer recalled Ellen saying to her. “You have what it takes to be a history maker in this world. Don’t burn out. Stay focused and only do what you love. So it’s kind of sad to see people criticize her when she’s actually a beautiful person.”

 

During the interview, Nati told the singer he had been a celebrity publicist for 12 years and a Christian himself for 18 years. He said that some people really don’t know what they’re talking about and they have these “really strange, strict standards.”

 

But it’s a widespread belief among Christians that the Bible is very clear that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God.

 

They point to examples in the New Testament, like Romans 1: 26-28, where the Apostle Paul writes to the church in Rome and tells them “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men,and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”

 

Paul also refers to homosexuality in his letter to the church at Corinth – saying that some of them had formerly been involved in various sins before they were saved:

 

9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. — 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

 

In an interview earlier in October, Daigle told The Christian Post she would not compromise her faith while performing around the world to minister to those outside of the church.

 

“My music is having crossover appeal, but it doesn’t mean that I’m leaving one for the other or that I’m going to be swept up by one thing or the other,” the native of Lafayette, Louisiana told the website.

 

“For me, it’s like, ‘Oh, everything just got even more clear.’ Everything just got clearer as to why it is that we go and love people who are outside of the walls of our church, outside of the walls that we’re comfortable with,” Daigle said.

 

Her latest album Look Up Child debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in September. The album also debuted at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart and was the largest overall week for a Christian music album in 2018.

 

Listen to Daigle’s interview with Nati here:

 

 

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I can certainly like many criticise her for going on Ellen. However sometimes people need to hear the message in deeper places.

Her talent is evident. Christianity’s version of Adele

 

Obviously comments like the ones above where Lauren Daigle couldn’t say if homosexuality is a sin because there are people she loves who are homosexual and she is not God are not helpful.

Also referring to Ellen as full of light is quite concerning.

What is interesting about both of their statements is how similar their beliefs are. Daigle, a professed Christian, and Ellen, an openly gay entertainer both have the same philosophy. They are both promoting a false gospel of love and acceptance instead of sin and repentance.

While Daigle does mention Christ, it seems that despite being a professed Christian with ample opportunity to share the gospel message to secular audiences, she doesn’t do it.

A couple of weeks’ before appearing on Ellen, Daigle took the stage at the American Music Awards where she presented an award to the late rap star, XXXTentacion. Daigle was interviewed twice at the AMA Ceremony and not once did she glorify God or share her faith. Instead she gave glory to music (not God) for the ability to transform lives.

In a second interview, Daigle continues to talk about the power of music without mentioning God, Jesus, or her Christian faith. Later, when discussing her hit song, “You Say,” she says the song stopped people from committing suicide. When the interviewer asks how she feels about this, Daigle again credits the power of music and then says, “I choose to just stick with the fun. I’m like where’s the party at? Let’s have a good time.”

 

Here are some other articles that may shed some light on her faith. Obviously Christians of varying maturity can end up in the public spotlight

Not everyone who appears in this public space can clearly represent Christianity properly.

However it seems Daigle is seeking to have a foot in both camps which her Lord and Saviour said was impossible

 

Matthew 6:24 King James Version (KJV)

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.(money).


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