As lead singer of Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires, Red Budd Gospel Choir and the President of Luther Barnes Song Ministries he has received the 1992 Vision Award, and the Stellar and GMWA Excellence Award. He was nominated for his performance on the Barnes Family 1999 release, live Reunion, for The Truth Magazine Award, for Best Traditional Male Vocalist, GMWA 2003 Excellence Awards for Best Traditional Male Vocalist, for a Grammy Award Nomination 2004, for a 2005 Stellar Award, Gospel Heritage Award. He was inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Detroit, Michigan, and the 2006 Mississippi Gospel Award. 2007 Stellar Award nomination for song Somehow Someway. GMA Dove Award nominee 2003. Distinguished award from St Augustine College, Feb. 2008. Key to the City of Brunswick, Georgia, January 2008. Key to the City of Chesapeake, Virginia March 2008. at the Virginia Classic of Chesapeake, Spring Gospel Showcase. Served as performer, judge and participant at the Virginia Annual Showcase 2006-2007. Since 1996, host North Carolina Fall Gospel Classic, held at Red Budd Holy Church, Rocky Mount, NC. in early October.