NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 14, 2005 The 36th Annual Dove Awards ended last night in beautiful celebration of the diversity and unity within todays Gospel music scene, with San Diego alt rockers Switchfoot and southern gospels Kentucky-bred The Crabb Family taking home the ceremonys highest honors.
Switchfoot, who were surprisingly absent from the ceremony, earned a total of 4 awards including the events premier prize, the Dove for Artist of the Year. The bands breakthrough hit, Dare You to Move, was honored for Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year with the music video for the song also winning a Dove in the category of Short Form Music Video of the Year. The groups concert DVD Switchfoot Live In San Diego also earned the band a statuette for Long Form Music Video.
The Crabb Family also took home 4 Doves, winning in the categories of Southern Gospel Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed recording Driven as well as Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for He Came Looking for Me, Country Recorded Song of the Year for Forever, and Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for Through the Fire, a song which also features gospel artist Donnie McClurkin.
''To God be all the glory. I'm proud of every one of you tonight and what we represent and who we're singing about,'' said Crabb Family patriarch and principal songwriter Gerald Crabb.
Other multiple winners of the night were pop band Casting Crowns, gospel worship artist Israel & New Breed, and singer/songwriters Jeremy Camp and Nicole C. Mullen. (A complete list of winners can be found below).
I love the fact that Switchfoot and The Crabb Family share top Dove Award honors this year because it powerfully reveals the variety of cultural expressions of the Gospel through music, said President of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and executive producer of the 36th Annual GMA Music Awards. These two groups could not be more different culturally and musitcally and yet, the message of the Gospel is evident in both of them. Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Nicole C. Mullen and Israel & New Breed share with Switchfoot and The Crabb Family the unique ability to create music that reaches across cultural, religious and generational divides to encourage the gospel music faithful and inspire a newer generation of music fans.
While honored by their accolades, many of the artists took time to remind both their fans and their colleagues of the greater reward that comes through serving God and the Christian community.
''This right here cannot be what makes you or breaks you,'' Mullen, who won the Dove for Female Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive time, said. ''If you're called by Jesus Christ, if you're hired by him, then nobody can fire you. We believe we're called by him, whether somebody else recognizes you or not. My reward in heaven is way greater than this.''
Songs come and go and styles come and go, but the church will always be there,'' said Casting Crowns front man Mark Hall, who said that hell remain a pastor during and beyond his musical career. I believe the church is where our talent belongs.''
The 36th Annual GMA Music Awards, which were hosted by top artists Houghton, Darlene Zschech, Steven Curtis Chapman, Rebecca St. James, CeCe Winans, and Smokie Norful, featured performances by Casting Crowns, who ended the evening with their award-winning cut Who Am I, The Crabb Family, Kierra Kiki Sheard, Selah, J Moss, Barlow Girl, Bethany Dillon, Natalie Grant, Watermark, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Matt Redman, who led the crowd in a worship medley that featured Worship Song of the Year Blessed Be Your Name, Tonéx, Skillet, and Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, who were the events house band. Presenters included Camp, Mullen, New Artist of the Year Building 429, Day of Fire, Dr. Bobby Jones, Joy Williams, Lynda Randle, Matthew West, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Out of Eden, Sandi Patty, Steve Taylor, tobyMac and Philips, Craig & Dean. Radio personalities Delilah and Rick & Bubba, The Strongest Man in America Shane Hamman; NASCAR Driver Bobby Labonte; and former bachelor from the The Bachelorette Jason Illian also presented.
A complete list of the nights winners are as follows:
Song of the Year: "Who Am I"; Mark Hall; Club Zoo Music (BMI), SWECS Music (BMI)
Songwriter of the Year: Mark Hall
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jeremy Camp
Female Vocalist of the Year: Nicole C. Mullen
Group of the Year: Casting Crowns
Artist of the Year: Switchfoot
New Artist of the Year: Building 429
Producer of the Year: Ed Cash
Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year: Hittin Curves; Dichotomy A; Grits; Teron Carter, Stacy Jones, Otto Price, S. Moss; Gotee Records
Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year: Control; Reset EP; MuteMath; Paul Meany, Darren King, Adam LeClave; Teleprompt Records/Word Records
Rock Recorded Song of the Year: Stay; Stay; Jeremy Camp; Jeremy Camp; BEC Recordings
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Dare You to Move; The Beautiful Letdown; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman, Sparrow Records
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Who Am I; Casting Crowns; Casting Crowns; Mark Hall; Beach Street Records/Reunion Records
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year: Voice of Truth; Casting Crowns; Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman; Beach Street Records/Reunion Records
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: He Came Looking for Me; Driven; Crabb Family; Gerald Crabb; Daywind Records
Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year: Heroes; Heroes; The Isaacs; Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Sonya Isaacs; Gaither Music
Country Recorded Song of the Year: Forever; Driven; The Crabb Family; Jason Crabb, Gerald Crabb; Daywind Records
Urban Recorded Song of the Year: You Dont Know; I Owe You; Kierra Kiki Sheard; Rodney Jerkins, Danny Nixon, Fred Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Delisha Thomas; EMI Gospel
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Through the Fire; Driven; The Crabb Family featuring Donnie McClurkin; Gerald Crabb; Daywind Records
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Again I Say Rejoice; Live From Another Level; Israel & New Breed; Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey; Integrity Gospel
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Welcome to Diverse City; tobyMac; Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens, Paul Meany, Solomon Olds, Joe Baldridge, Jeff Savage, Robert Marvin, Josiah Bell, Max Hsu, Michael Linney; ForeFront Records
Modern Rock Album of the Year: Fight the Tide; Sanctus Real; Tedd T.; Sparrow Records
Rock Album of the Year: Day of Fire; Day of Fire; Scott Humphrey; Essential Records
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: Wire; Third Day; Paul Ebersold; Essential Records
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: Undone; MercyMe; Pete Kipley; INO Records
Inspirational Album of the Year: Hiding Place; Selah; Jason Kyle, Nicol Sponberg, Allan Hall, Todd Smith; Curb Records
Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Driven; The Crabb Family; Jason Crabb, Adam Crabb, Aaron Crabb, Kelly Bowling, Jerry Yoder; Daywind Records
Bluegrass Album of the Year: Angels Gathering Flowers; The Lewis Family; Wayne Haun; Thoroughbred Records
Country Album of the Year: Passing Through; Randy Travis; Kyle Lehning; Word Records
Urban Album of the Year: Everyday People; Nicole C. Mullen; Nicole C. Mullen, David Mullen, Tommy Sims, James Big Jim Wright, Andrew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders; Word Records
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson; Lynda Randle; Barry Beckett; Gaither Music
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year: Live From Another Level; Israel & New Breed; Israel Houghton, Aaron W. Lindsey; Integrity Gospel
Praise & Worship Album of the Year: Arriving; Chris Tomlin; Ed Cash; Sixsteps Records
Instrumental Album of the Year: The Passion of the Christ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; Various; John Debney; Mel Gibson; Integrity Music/Sony
Children's Music Album of the Year: Angel Alert!; Various; Celeste Clydesdale, David T. Clydesdale; Word Music
Spanish Language Album of the Year: Te Amo Dios; Praise Street Worship Band; Dave Moody, James Cobble Jr., Wesley Pritchard, Eulises Canada, Nelson McSwain; Lamon Records
Special Event Album of the Year: The Passion of the Christ: Songs; Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, Scott Stapp, POD, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Big Dismal, Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, MxPx, Mark Hoppus, Charlotte Church, BeBe Winans, Angie Stone, Dan Lavery; Tim Cook, Mark Joseph, Gregg Wattenberg, Steven Lerner; Lost Keyword Records/ Wind-Up Records
Musical of the Year: Emmanuel - Celebrating Heavens Child; Joel Lindsey, Russell Mauldin; Brentwood-Benson Music
Youth/Children's Musical of the Year: Fear Not Factor; Dennis Allen, Nan Allen; Brentwood-Benson Music
Choral Collection of the Year: Live...This is Your House; Carol Cymbala; Brooklyn Tabernacle Music
Worship Song of the Year: Blessed Be Your Name; Matt Redman, Beth Redman; Thankyou Music, Worshiptogether.com Songs
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Happy; Jan Cook, Tim Frank, Emily West, Clark Hook, Susan Levy; Clark Hook, Michael Lavine; Universal South
Short Form Music Video of the Year: Dare You to Move; Switchfoot; Nina Grossman Warner; Robert Hales; HIS Entertainment; Sparrow Records
Long Form Music Video of the Year: Switchfoot Live In San Diego; Switchfoot; Dwight Thompson; Dwight Thompson; New Revolution Entertainment; Sparrow Records
The 36th Annual GMA Music Awards will be televised in national syndication during the month of June. Central City Productions of Chicago Ill., will handle first run syndication through network affiliates and independent stations nationwide, with an expected audience reach of at of at least 75 percent of U.S. households.
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 childrens gospel music. The GMA produces the GMA Music Awards, which recognizes achievement in all genres of gospel music and are voted on by members of the GMA.