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April 5, 2011

BMI Christian Music Awards Honor Genre’s Most-Played Songs

Rodney Griffin, tobyMac, Needtobreathe’s Bo Rinehart, Scott Krippayne & Universal Music Publishing Group Win Top Honors

NASHVILLE, April 4, 2011 – Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on Christian radio and television during the annual Christian Music Awards tonight at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville.

Genre-jumping star tobyMac shared his second consecutive Christian Songwriter of the Year crown with southern gospel favorite Rodney Griffin and pop-savvy rockers Needtobreathe’s Bo Rinehart. “What Faith Can Do” earned Christian Song of the Year honors for its creative team. Written by Scott Krippayne and published by Pirk Music, the song was recorded by alt-rock outfit Kutless. With five songs in the most-performed list, Universal Music Publishing Group was named Christian Publisher of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.

During the ceremony, Triumphant Quartet, Sidewalk Prophets, and Song of the Year winner Scott Krippayne each delivered inspiring performances of award-winning songs.

Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, along with Senior Director Thomas Cain and Director Beth Laird, of BMI’s Nashville Writer/Publisher Relations Department, served as the evening’s hosts, and presented awards spanning five categories: Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, urban gospel and southern gospel. BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham joined his staff on stage for the presentation of the night’s top honors, Song, Songwriter, and Publisher of the Year.

The ceremony also included a moving tribute to late Gospel Music Association (GMA) co-founder Don Butler, who died earlier this year. A trusted and visionary executive, he was also a talented singer and producer of albums, GMA awards ceremonies and television series. Butler served as the GMA’s board executive director from 1976 to 1991.

A complete list of the 2011 BMI Christian Award winners is available at www.bmi.com.

Downloadable, high-resolution photos and press materials will be available Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. on http://www.bmi.com/press. To request access, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

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Scott Krippayne is pictured with his Song of the Year award for “What Faith Can Do" at the 2011 BMI Christian Music Awards.

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Universal Music Publishing celebrates its fourth consecutive BMI Christian Publisher of the Year title. Pictured are (l-r): Universal Music Group's Stacey Wilbur, Eric Hurt, Dale Mathews, Leslie Linebaugh, and John Andrade.

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Scott Krippayne accepts his Song of the Year award for “What Faith Can Do" at the 2011 BMI Christian Music Awards. Pictured are (l-r): BMI's Beth Laird and Leslie Roberts, Scott Krippayne, and BMI's Jody Williams.

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The Butler family gathers on stage at the 2011 BMI Christian Awards. The late Christian music industry legend Don Butler was honored during the awards ceremony.

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Sidewalk Prophets perform “The Words I Would Say" at the 2011 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville.

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The 2011 BMI Christian Songwriters of the Year gather for a photo at the BMI Christian Awards, staged April 4 in Nashville. Pictured are (l-r): Rodney Griffin, tobyMac, and Bo Rinehart.

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Bo Rinehart accepts his Songwriter of the Year award at the 2011 BMI Christian Music Awards. Pictured are (l-r): BMI's Jody Williams, Bo Rinehart, and BMI's Beth Laird.

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2011 BMI Songwriter of the Year TobyMac arrives to the BMI Christian Awards with his wife Mandy McKeehan.

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Scott Krippayne performs BMI Christian Song of the Year “What Faith Can Do" at the 2011 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville.

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Triumphant Quartet performs “When the Trumpet Sounds" together at the 2011 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville.

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Rodney Griffin accepts his Songwriter of the Year award at the 2011 BMI Christian Music Awards. Pictured are (l-r): BMI's Jody Williams, Rodney Griffin, and BMI's Beth Laird.

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The night's big winners gather for a photo at the 2011 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville. Pictured are (l- r): BMI's Phil Graham and Jody Williams; Universal Music Publishing's Dale Mathews; Songwriters of the Year Rodney Griffin, tobyMac, and Bo Rinehart; Song of the Year writer Scott Krippayne; and BMI's Beth Laird and Mike O'Neill.

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The 2011 BMI Christian Songwriters of the Year gather for a photo at the BMI Christian Awards, staged April 4 in Nashville. Pictured are (l-r): BMI's Jody Williams; Songwriters of the Year Rodney Griffin, tobyMac, and Bo Rinehart; and BMI's Beth Laird.

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