Nichole Nordeman Tops Dove Awards

Nichole Nordeman and Michael W. Smith were the big winners at the Gospel Music Association's (GMA) 34th Dove Awards last night (April 10) at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Nordeman won seve

Nichole Nordeman and Michael W. Smith were the big winners at the Gospel Music Association's (GMA) 34th Dove Awards last night (April 10) at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Nordeman won seven awards, including songwriter, female vocalist, and song of the year and best pop/contemporary song for "Holy," co-written with Mark Hammond. Her "Woven & Spun" (Sparrow) won pop/contemporary album of the year.

Smith took home five Doves, including his third for artist of the year and his first for male vocalist. He also won best praise and worship album for "Worship Again" (Reunion).

Third Day took home a third consecutive group of the year award as well as rock recorded song of the year for "40 Days" from the band's Essential "Come Together" album. "The fact that the Doves are voted on by our peers in Christian music make them more special than any other awards we've been a part of," the group's Mark Lee said. "It also helped us realize the tremendous responsibility we have, as our fans and peers are looking to us more and more as leaders in our industry."

Brown Bannister won his fourth producer of the year honor. The new artist accolade went to the Paul Colman Trio. The Crabb Family won a pair of Doves: southern gospel album of the year for "A Crabb Collection," and southern gospel recorded song for "Don't You Wanna Go?" Kirk Franklin picked up his ninth Dove for "The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" (Gospocentric), which won contemporary gospel album of the year.

For a full list of winners, click here.