Steven Curtis Chapman, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss and Mark Stuart were named songwriters of the year during BMI's annual Christian Music Awards tonight (June 21).

Steven Curtis Chapman, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss and Mark Stuart were named songwriters of the year during BMI's annual Christian Music Awards tonight (June 21).

The performing rights organization recognized Chapman -- who is also the 2001 and 2003 songwriter of the year -- for the hits "All About Love" and "How Do I Love Her."

Founding Audio Adrenaline member Herdman -- who left the group to run its label, Flicker Records -- was honored alongside current members Stuart and McGinniss for "Ocean Floor" and "Pierced." The songs appear on the band's Grammy Award-winning album "Worldwide."

Song of the year honors went to "To Ever Live Without Me," which was recorded by Avalon's Jody McBrayer for his solo album, "This is Who I Am." Co-written by Joe Beck and Chad Chapin, the song had the most broadcast performances during the awards' eligibility period of Jan. 1, 2003, to Dec. 31, 2003.

With six songs cited, EMI CMG Music Publishing was awarded the Christian publisher of the year award. BMI presents the award to the company with the highest percentage of copyright ownership among the awarded songs.

Other multiple publishing honorees were Bridge Building Music, Dwight Frye Music, Flicker U.S.A. Publishing, Lilly Mack Music, Peach Hill Songs, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing and Zomba Songs.

BMI determines the winners by their number of feature broadcast performances on U.S. radio and TV during the eligibility period. BMI Nashville's writer/publisher relations director Joyce Rice and writer/publisher relations senior director Thomas Cain handed out the evening's awards.

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