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We are weeks away from the New Year, which means, the most important 2016 year-end lists are being revealed.

In the world of gospel music, Billboard‘s No. 1 overall and male artist of the year is Kirk Franklin. The year’s leading female is Tasha Cobbs.

Anthony Brown & group therAPY rank No. 1 in the duo/group category and Todd Dulaney is the top new artist.

Franklin’s “Wanna Be Happy?” is No. 1 for the year on Hot Gospel Songs. It bowed at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 19, 2015, and held at the summit for 45 weeks, the second-longest reign in the chart’s 11-year history, after Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” (46 weeks, 2007-08).

Franklin’s “Happy” is also the year’s No. 2 song on Gospel Digital Song Sales, after logging 19 weeks at No. 1. The chart’s top title of 2016 is Anthony Brown & group therAPY’s “Worth,” which tallied 33 weeks at No. 1 (beginning June 20, 2015).

Meanwhile, Franklin’s Losing My Religion is the year-end No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums, having rolled up 14 weeks at No. 1 (starting Dec. 12, 2015).

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source:  Jim Asker // Billboard Magazine

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