20th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Winners To Be Announced Online Next Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 15, 2021 – The owners and administrators of are proud to announce the date for the 20th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. The date for this year’s online awards announcement is next Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Like last year, the awards will be announced via social media due to COVID-19 restrictions and crowd controls. 

“We are saddened that, once again, our awards will be announced online instead of at a live concert setting like in years past,” mentioned Deon Unthank, CEO and owner of “This is our 20th Anniversary, so we wanted to celebrate two decades worth of great music, but unfortunately we won’t be able to this year.”

The winners will be announced again via and

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.