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Steven Curtis Chapman Takes Home 50th Dove Award

Posted in News on April 10, 2006
Music history enthusiasts take note: On Wednesday, April 5, Christian music staple Steven Curtis Chapman had a night for the books as he was honored with his 50th Dove Award at the 37th Annual Gospel Music Awards in Nashville-a feat unparalleled by any other artist at any other major awards show.

Steven Curtis ChapmanJars of Clay

The 2003 BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year was recognized for his work on the Special Event Album of the Year, Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, along with peers Jars of Clay, Rebecca St. James, Ed Cash, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Steve Mason, Matt Odmark, Aaron Sprinkle, Toby McKeehan and Christopher Stevens.

Ed CashAaron SprinkleToby McKeehan

Versatile BMI songwriter and producer Ed Cash won big as well, adding yet another Producer of the Year honor to his credit, along with a nod to his role as writer on Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year, "How Great is Our God."

Kirk Franklin Casting Crowns

BMI's Christian rock artists celebrated another strong showing this year. Rockers Casting Crowns nabbed Group of the Year honors and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for Lifesong, while punk rock troupe Relient K snagged Rock Album of the Year for Mmhmm. "The Slam" by tobyMac, featuring producer Christopher Stevens, was named Rock Recorded Song of the Year.

Wayne Haun Blind Boys of Alabama

Mat Kearney and Robert Marvin's tune, "Trainwreck," was dubbed Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year, while Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year went to producer Aaron Sprinkle for Behind the Music. Kirk Franklin dominated the urban categories, taking home honors for Urban Recorded Song of the Year ("Looking for You") and Urban Album of the Year (Hero).

Switchfoot

Alison Krauss & Union Station were honored along with producer Ronald Block for "Living Prayer," which was named Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year. Carrie Underwood added to her swelling list of accolades as "Jesus, Take the Wheel" was deemed Country Recorded Song of the Year. Rounding out the country and bluegrass categories, The Lewis Family's collaboration with producer Wayne Haun, One Rose, nabbed Bluegrass Album of the Year.

Sixteen-year-old BMI artist Corey Brooks' album About You earned the young performer his first GMA nomination for Country Album of the Year. Brooks made the trip to Nashville all the way from West Virginia to attend the ceremony. Although he went home without an award, he left with something that may very well mean much more. "This was my first GMA Awards show and it amazed me how God is using everyone's unique talent as tools to glorify Him," Brooks mused. "I was so honored to be nominated with such phenomenal artists in the rising genre of Christian Country Music." 

Founded in 1964, the 4,500-member Gospel Music Association is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music. The GMA represents all styles of gospel music including contemporary pop, rock, urban gospel, praise & worship, Southern gospel, country and children's gospel music. The GMA produces the GMA Music Awards, which recognize achievement in all genres of gospel music and are voted on by members of the GMA.

BMI's 2006 GMA Winners:

Song of the Year
"How Great is Our God"
Ed Cash/Alletrope Music

Group of the Year
Casting Crowns

Producer of the Year
Ed Cash

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
"Trainwreck"
Mat Kearney (artist and producer)
Robert Marvin (producer)

Rock Recorded Song of the Year
"The Slam"
tobyMac
Toby McKeehan and Christopher Stevens (producers)

Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
"In Christ Alone"
Don Koch

Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (tie)
"Long As I Got King Jesus"
Brian Free & Assurance
James Cleveland (producer)

"Through The Fire"
Crabb Family
Gerald Crabb (producer)

Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year
"Living Prayer"
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Ronald Block (producer)

Country Recorded Song of the Year
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"
Carrie Underwood

Urban Recorded Song of the Year
"Looking for You"
Kirk Franklin (artist & producer)

Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
"God Blocked It"
Kurt Carr (artist & producer)

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
"Not Forgotten"
Israel & New Breed
Israel Houghton and Aaron W. Lindsey (producers)

Worship Song of the Year
"How Great is Our God"
Ed Cash/Alletrope Music

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
Behind The Music
Aaron Sprinkle (producer)

Rock Album of the Year
Mmhmm
Reliant K
Matthew Tehissen (producer)

Pop /Contemporary Album of the Year
Lifesong
Casting Crowns

Inspirational Album of the Year (tie)
Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith
Vince Gill

Southern Gospel Album of the Year
Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle
Crabb Family
Jason Crabb, Adam Crabb, Aaron Crabb, Kelly Bowling (producers)

Bluegrass Album of the Year
One Rose
Lewis Family
Wayne Haun (producer)

Urban Album of the Year
Hero
Kirk Franklin (artist & producer)

Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
Atom Bomb
Blind Boys of Alabama
John Chelew (producer)

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year
Mary, Mary
Steve Huff (producer)

Special Event Album of the Year
Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and
The Wardrobe

Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, Rebecca St. James, Ed Cash, Steven
Curtis Chapman, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Steve Mason, Matt Odmark,
Aaron Sprinkle, Toby McKeehan

Musical of the Year
Grace That Amazes
Lari Goss

Short Form Music Video of the Year
"Stars"
Switchfoot

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