The recently concluded Billboard Music Awards 2021 (BBMAs) saw the emergence of new acts from all around the world. Korean boy group BTS took home several accolades including Top Social Artist— the same category fellow Korean group Seventeen was also nominated. Filipino group SB19 was also nominated for the category, making history as the first Filipino act to be nominated for a BBMA.
But amid the new acts and artists taking over the music scene, and vying for these awards, veteran artists still put up a good fight during the awards show. Drake, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga, who started their careers before 2010, all won awards at the 2021 BBMAs. (Read: Winners of 2021 Billboard Music Awards)
But it isn’t just pop and country acts that the BBMAs recognize— even Christian and Gospel music have their own categories in the show. Maverick City Music’s Maverick City Gospel Vol.3 Part 1 won Top Gospel Album, while Elevation Worship and Kanye West won Top Christian Artist and Top Gospel Artist, respectively.
Above all these, Carrie Underwood’s latest album, My Gift, won the Top Christian Album this year! Here are some fun facts about this album that has got everyone talking:
#1: Carrie Underwood Collaborated With Two Special People for the Album
In two of the songs in the album, Carrie collaborated with two different individuals. For “Hallelujah,” she sang together with award-winning singer-songwriter, John Legend. As for “The Little Drummer Boy,” Carrie did a duet with her oldest son, Isaiah Fisher! (Read: Meet Msgr. Rudy Villanueva, A Celebrated Musician and Writer)
#2: ‘My Gift’ is a Christmas Album
Unlike her other albums, Carrie’s My Gift is a Christmas album which features a handful of timeless Christmas songs sang in her own style. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” among others, make an appearance in the album.
#3: ‘My Gift’ Debuted as the Top Country Album
Carrie is known as a country diva— it’s her forte, her strong suit. This is why it is no wonder that My Gift debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Album charts! This made Carrie the first-ever artist to place eight number-one albums on top of the Country charts!
#4: ‘My Gift’ Debuted at Number One on Two Other Charts
Aside from being number one on the Country charts, My Gift also debuted at number one on the Holiday and Christian album charts! This is her first album to achieve this feat. “Favorite Time of the Year” and “Hallelujah” were also at the top of the charts for Hot Christian Songs.