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Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)


Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year

Chris Tomlin, sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records
for KING & COUNTRY, Word Entertainment
Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Church T/A/Sparrow Records
Lecrae, Reach Records
MercyMe, Fair Trade Services

Southern Gospel Artist of the Year

Booth Brothers, Spring Hill Music Group
Collingsworth Family, Stowtown Records
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, StowTown Records
Gaither Vocal Band, Spring House Music Group
The Isaacs, Spring House Music Group

Gospel Artist of the Year

Erica Campbell, Entertainment One
Fred Hammond, RCA Records
Israel & New Breed, RCA Records
Jonathan McReynolds, Light Records
Tamela Mann, Tillymann Music Group
Tasha Cobbs, Motown Gospel

Artist of the Year

for KING & COUNTRY, Fervent Records
Francesca Battistelli, Fervent Records
Kari Jobe, Sparrow Records
Lecrae, Reach Records
MercyMe, Fair Trade Services

New Artist of the Year

About A Mile, Word Entertainment
Danny Gokey, BMG Rights Management
I Am They, Provident Label Group
Lauren Daigle, Centricity Music
NF, Capitol CMG Label Group

Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year

“Who You Know” – Derek Minor, (writers) Derek Johnson & Chris Mackey
“Sideways (ft. Lecrae)” – KB, (writers) Kevin Burgess, Lecrae Moore, Jamal James, Chris Mackey and Joseph Prielozny
“All I Need Is You” – Lecrae, (writers) Lecrae Moore, Dustin “Dab” Bowie, Latasha Williams, Chris Mackey and Joseph Prielozny
“Mansion” – NF, (writers) Nate Feurstein, Lauren Strahm and David Garcia
“Volcano (ft. Jonathan Thulin)” – Andy Mineo, (writers) Bradley Dring, Joshua Hawkins, Jonathan Thulin

Rock Song of the Year

“Safety (ft. Stephen Christian)” – Fireflight, (writers) Dawn Michele and Rusty Varenkamp
“Darkest Part” – Red, (writers) Anthony Armstrong, Michael Barnes, Randy Armstrong
“Good To Be Alive” – Skillet, (writers) John L. Cooper, Zac Maloy, Tom Douglas
“Furious Love” – VERIDIA, (writers) Brandon Brown, Deena Jakoub, Ian Eskelin, Barry Weeks Rob Graves, Josh Baker, Mark Holman
“Dead Man” – We As Human, (writers) Fagerholm, Matti Antero Kristian/Briley, Martin Steven

Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year

“Fireblazin” – Capital Kings (writers), Cole Walowac, Jonathan White, Neon Feather, David Garcia and Toby Mckeehan
“Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)” – Crowder, (writers) Ed Cash, David Crowder, Seth Philpott
“Messengers (ft. for KING & COUNTRY)” – Lecrae, (writers) Lecrae Moore, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Ricky Jackson, Ran Jackson, Chris Mackey, Joseph Prielozny and Torrance Esmono
“Brother” – NEEDTOBREATHE, (writers) Bear Rinehart and Bo Rinehart
“Let It Out” – Switchfoot, (writers) Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Andrew Pearson

Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year

“Come As You Are” – Crowder, (writers) David Crowder, Matt Maher, Ben Glover
“Shoulders” – for KING & COUNTRY, (writers), Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, Ben Glover, Tedd Tjornhom
“Touch The Sky” – Hillsong UNITED, (writers) Joel Houston, Dylan Thomas and Michael Guy Chislett
“How Can It Be” – Lauren Daigle, (writer) Paul Mabury, Jason Ingram, Jeff Johnson
“We Believe” – Newsboys, (writers) Travis Ryan, Richie Fike, Matt Hooper
“Soul On Fire” – Third Day, (writers), Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr, Mark Lee, Brenton Brown, Matt Maher

Inspirational Song of the Year

“Ghost Town (Freedom)” – David Phelps, (writer) David Phelps
“This I Believe (The Creed)” – Hillsong Worship, (writers) Matt Crocker, Ben Fielding
“O Love Of God” – Laura Story, (writers) Laura Story, Cindy Morgan, Ian Cron
“More And More Of You” – Selah (writers) Jennie Lee Riddle, Richie Fike, Jonathan Lee
“Christ Be All Around Me” – Michael W. Smith, (writers) Leeland Mooring, Jack Mooring, David Leonard, Leslie Jordan

Southern Gospel Song of the Year

“Happy People” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Sometimes It Takes a Mountain” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writers) Mark Mathes, Gloria Gaither
“What A Happy Time” – Goodman Revival, (arrangers) Michael Sykes, Johnny Minick
“Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Dave Clark and Michael Farren
“Hidden Heroes” – The Talleys, (writers) Dixie Lynn Phillips and Sharon Phillips

Bluegrass Song of the Year

“Stacking Up Rocks” – Balsam Range, (writer) Buddy Melton
“Mighty To Save” – Chigger Hill Boys & Terri (writers) Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan
“He Made The Tree” – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, (writers) Tom Botkin and Donnie Skaggs
“God Is There” – Lizzy Long & Rhonda Vincent, (writers) Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey
“Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man (ft. Rhonda Vincent)” – Volume Five, (writers) Dolly Parton and Dorothy Jo Owens

Country Song of the Year

“I Saw The Light” – Alabama (writer) Hank Williams, Sr.
“I’ll Be There With You” – Doug Anderson (writers) Shelby Haun, Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey
“Ain’t It Just Like The Lord” – Gordan Mote, (writers) Lee Black, Jason Cox, Kenna Turner West
“I Wanna Be There” – The Isaacs, (writers) Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman
“Sweet Jesus (ft. Merle Haggard)” – The Oak Ridge Boys (writers) Merle Haggard, Kenny Vernon

Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year

“Worth Fighting For” – Brian Courtney Wilson, (writers) Brian Courtney Wilson and Aaron Lindsey
“I Luh God (ft. Big Shizz)” – Erica Campbell (writers) Warren Campbell, Erica Campbell, Lashawn Daniels
“Flaws” – Kierra Sheard, (writer) Dianne Warren
“Say Yes (ft. Beyonce & Kelly Rowland)” – Michelle Williams, (writers) Harmony Samuels, Michelle Williams, H.”Carmen Reece” Culver, Al Sherrod Lambert
“No Greater Love” – Smokie Norful, (writers) Aaron W. Lindsey and Smokie Norful

Traditional Gospel Song of the Year

“Fill Me Up” – Casey J (writer) William Reagan
“#War” – Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, (writer) Charles Jenkins
“How Awesome Is Our God (ft. Yolanda Adams)” – Israel & New Breed (writers) Israel Houghton, Nevelle Diedericks, Meleasa Houghton
“This Place” – Tamela Mann (writer) Darrell Blair
“God My God” – VaShawn Mitchell (writer) VaShawn Mitchell
“Send The Rain” – William McDowell (writer) William McDowell

Worship Song of the Year

“Great Are You Lord” – All Sons & Daughters, (writers) David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan (publishers) Integrity’s Alleluia! Music/Integrity’s Praise! Music/Open Hands Music/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing
“Holy Spirit” – Francesca Battistelli, (writers) Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt (publishers) Capitol CMG Genesis/Jesus Culture Music
“Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)” – Kari Jobe, (writers) Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, Kari Jobe (publishers) Bethel Music Publishing/KAJE Songs/Worship Together Music
“Because He Lives (Amen)” – Matt Maher, (writers) Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Gloria Gaither, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Bill Gaither (publishers) Alletrop Music/Hanna Street Music/I Am A Pilgrim Songs/Open Hands Music/S. D. G. Publishing/sixsteps Music/Sixsteps Songs/Worship Together Music/worshiptogether.com songsworshiptogether.com
“This Is Amazing Grace” – Phil Wickham, (writers) Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, Phil Wickham (publishers) Bethel Music Publishing/Phil Wickham Music/Seems Like Music/Sing My Songs/WB Music Corp.

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year

Empire – Derek Minor, (producers) Dirty Rice, Derek Minor, Black Knight, Jonny Grande, Anthony “AntMan Wonder” Reid, Tyshane, Bandplay, G-Roc, GAWVI, Syksense
Tomorrow We Live – KB, (producers) Swoope, Dirty Rice, Joseph Prielozny, Supe, Kevin Burgess, Mpax, 808XEliTE
Anomaly – Lecrae, (producers) Dirty Rice, Joseph Prielozny, Sweet Symphony, S1, J. Rhodes, 808XEliTE, GAWVI, Nate Robinson, Mashell, Derek Minor, Vohnbeatz, Lasanna “Ace” Harris, Alex Medina, Jaquebeatz
Mansion – NF, (producers) Tommee Profitt, David Garcia
Rise – Trip Lee, (producers) GAWVI, Jonatan Barahona, Alex Medina

Rock Album of the Year

Lowborn – Anberlin, (producer) Anberlin
Attack – Disciple, (producer) Travis Wyrick
Fight the Silence – For Today, (producer) Will Putney
of Beauty and Rage – RED, (producer) Rob Graves
Oxygen: INHALE – Thousand Foot Krutch, (producers) Aaron Sprinkle and Trevor McNevan

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year

Anchor – Colton Dixon, (producers) David Garcia, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd, Gannin Arnold
The Borderland Sessions – John Mark McMillan, (producer) John Mark McMillan
Live From The Woods – NEEDTOBREATHE, (producers) NEEDTOBREATHE
Invader – Rapture Ruckus, (producers) Brad Dring, Geoff Duncan, Steve Aiello
The Edge of the Earth (EP) – Switchfoot, (producers) Neal Avron, the Foreman Brothers

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year

Love Ran Red – Chris Tomlin, (producer) Ed Cash
Neon Steeple – Crowder, (producers) David Crowder, Gabe Scott, Solomon Olds, Ed Cash, Christopher Stevens, Christian Paschall, Will Hunt, Jared Fox
RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. – for KING & COUNTRY, (producers) Seth Mosley, Tedd T., Matt Hales, Ben Glover
How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle, (producers) Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram
Saints and Sinners – Matt Maher, (producers) Paul Moak, Matt Maher, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram
Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship – Third Day, (producers) The Sound Kids, Third Day

Inspirational Album of the Year

Be Still and Know – Amy Grant, (producers) Vince Gill, Marshall Altman, Brown Bannister
Glorious Day: Hymns of Faith – Casting Crowns, (producer) Mark A. Miller
Above It All – Phillips, Craig & Dean, (producers) Seth Mosley, Nathan Nockels
You Amaze Us – Selah, (producers) Jason Kyle, Todd Smith, Allan Hall, Jordan Mohilowski, Ed Cash
A Cappella – The Martins, (producers) Michael English, Lari Goss, The Martins, David Phelps, Matthew Holt

Southern Gospel Album of the Year

Sometimes It Takes a Mountain – Gaither Vocal Band, (producers) Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs, David Phelps
Songs in the Key of Happy – Goodman Revival, (producers) Michael Sykes, Johnny Minick
Threads of Mercy – Ivan Parker, (producer) Roger Talley
Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River, (producer) Wayne Haun
Living in Harmony – Triumphant, (producer) Wayne Haun

Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year

Angels Among Us – Alabama, (producers) Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen
Worship Him – John Bowman, (producer) John Bowman
Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know) – Point of Grace, (producers) Andy Leftwich, Stuart Dill, Rodger Ryan, Point Of Grace
Here’s to the Ones – Rhett Walker Band, (producers) Paul Moak, Ed Cash, Rhett Walker Band
Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites – The Oak Ridge Boys, (producers) Ben Isaacs, Duane Allen

Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year

Vintage Worship – Anita Wilson, (producers) Rick Robinson, Anita Wilson
I Will Trust – Fred Hammond, (producers) Fred Hammond, Raymond Hammond, Geo Bivins, Calvin Rodgers, Phillip Feaster, King Logan, Shuan Martin
Graceland – Kierra Sheard, (producer) J. Drew Sheard II
Journey to Freedom – Michelle Williams, (producer) Harmony Samuels
Forever Yours – Smokie Norful, (producers) Aaron Lindsey, Antonio Dixon, Derek “DOA” Allen, BlacElvis, Tre Myles

Traditional Gospel Album of the Year

Worth Fighting For – Brian Courtney Wilson, (producer) Aaron W. Lindsey
The Truth – Casey J, (producers) Korey Bowie, Chris Carter
Any Given Sunday – Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, (producer) Charles Jenkins
Amazing – Rickey Dillard and New G, (producers) Ricky Dillard, Will Bogle, Rick Robinson
Unstoppable – VaShawn Mitchell, (producers) VaShawn Mitchell and Daniel Weatherspoon

Spanish Language Album of the Year

Fuego – Esperanza de Vida, (producers) Eduardo Durney and Armando Moreno
Gloria A Dios – Gateway Worship, (producers) Walker Beach, Robert Quintanay, Rosemary Taleton
Esto Es Jesus Culture – Jesus Culture, (producer) Jeremy Edwardson
Me Vistio De Promesas – Julissa, (producers) Mike Rivera, Onis Rodriguez, Wiso Aponte, Chris Rocha
Como En El Cielo – Miel San Marcos, (producers) Josh Morales, Luis Morales, Jr., Samy Morales, Chris Rocha, Roberto Prado

Children’s Music Album of the Year

Capitol Kids! Hits – Capitol Kids!, (producer) Brain Hitt
Best of Lifeway Kids Worship Volume 1 – Lifeway Kids, (producer) Jeremy Johnson, Paul Marino, Jeffrey B. Scott
Sing The Bible with Slugs & Bugs – Randall Goodgame (producer) Ben Shive
Brave – Saddleback Kids, (producer) David Dalton
25 Favorite Sing-A-Long Hymns for Kids – Songtime Kids, (producer) Larry Hall
Kids – The Hoppers, (producer) Mike Hopper

Christmas Album of the Year

Christmas – Guy Penrod, (producer) Michael Omartian
When Christmas Comes – Kim Walker-Smith, (producer) Jeremy Edwardson
The Spirit of Christmas – Michael W. Smith & Friends, (producers) Michael W. Smith, Robert Deaton, David Hamilton
Motown Christmas – Various Artists, (producer) Aaron Lindsey
All Is Calm, All Is Bright – Various Artists, (producers) Andrew Greer and Kyle Buchanan

Worship Album of the Year

All Sons & Daughters – All Sons & Daughters, (producers) Paul Mabury and Shane Wilson
We Will Not Be Shaken – Bethel Music, (producers) Bobby Strand and Chris Greely
Love Ran Red – Chris Tomlin, (producer) Ed Cash
No Other Name – Hillsong Worship, (producer) Michael Guy Chislett
Even So Come – Passion, (producer) Nathan Nockels

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