MercyMe, Switchfoot, Stacie Orrico and Jeremy Camp were the top winners at the Gospel Music Assn.'s 35th annual awards show last night (April 28) at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. The event conclud
MercyMe, Switchfoot, Stacie Orrico and Jeremy Camp were the top winners at the Gospel Music Assn.'s 35th annual awards show last night (April 28) at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. The event concluded the annual Gospel Music Week conference, held at the Nashville Convention Center.
MercyMe captured the Dove awards for artist of the year and group of the year. The INO Records act also won song of the year and pop/contemporary recorded song of the year awards for "Word of God Speak," penned by MercyMe lead vocalist Bart Millard and producer Peter Kipley.
"The greatest thing about winning a Dove Award is that it's essentially coming from your peers and people in the industry," Millard says. "Being that they are people that do this all the time and hear and see so much, makes this an especially big honor."
MercyMe's new album, "Undone," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart and No. 12 on The Billboard 200 this week, on the strength of 56,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan..
Switchfoot lead singer and songwriter Jonathan Foreman netted the most Dove awards. The Sparrow/Columbia band won rock song of the year for "Ammunition" and rock/contemporary song for "Meant to Live." "The Beautiful Letdown" won rock/contemporary album, and Foreman's songwriting and production credits on the album earned him extra accolades.
ForeFront Records/Virgin Records artist Stacie Orrico nabbed the female vocalist accolade for pop/contemporary album for her self-titled sophomore project and short-form video of the year for "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life."
The male vocalist of the year honor went to BEC Recordings newcomer Jeremy Camp, who also won new artist of the year. Songwriter of the year honors went to Mark Hall of Casting Crowns. "It's a slap on the back at just the right time that tells you to keep going," Hall says. "It's one of those mountaintops God takes you to that fuels you for the next journey."
Third Day, Smokie Norful, the Martins, the Crabb Family, Randy Travis, CeCe Winans and Michael Tait each picked up a pair of Doves. Third Day bassist Tai Anderson says the group was thrilled to win a Grammy, but "the Dove awards are so special because it's our peers who really know us and know our music, acknowledging us for the work we've done."
Hosted by Yolanda Adams and Deion Sanders, Doves were presented in 44 categories, with winners voted on by the 4,500 members of the GMA. The awards were broadcast live via simulcast at 50 Regal Entertainment Group Theatres nationwide, and were taped for broadcast on UPN May 28.
For a complete list of winners, visit Billboard.com.