Matthew West Wins American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist

Christian singer-songwriter Matthew West was given the American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist last night at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.

The American Music Awards are determined by the fans through online voting. Capitol CMG's artists swept the category as West was nominated for this category along with his labelmates TobyMac and Chris Tomlin.

"What an honor to receive the AMA award this year!" West said in a press release. "The fact that this is a fan voted award makes it even more meaningful, and I'm grateful for all of the people who have made my songs part of their lives."

"Capitol CMG is extremely proud of Matthew on receiving his first American Music Award," said Peter York, President, Capitol CMG Label Group in a release. "We could not be more excited for Matthew, along with his fellow nominees Chris Tomlin and TobyMac, as they each represent such a vital part of the Christian music community. We are grateful for Matthew's hard work, unwavering commitment to always make the best possible music and for his relentless dedication to his fans, we send our thanks and congratulations to Matthew and to those who supported him with their votes."

Matthew West just finished his Into The Light fall tour and will appear on The Story Tour throughout December. He will also join TobyMac's Hits Deep Tour the spring of 2014.

Last month, West spoke to the Christian Post of his latest album Into the Light: Life Stories & Songs.

"Over the past few years, I've been on a mission to tell a story of a different kind. Instead of writing songs inspired by my own story, I have given people everywhere an invitation to tell me their stories and inspire my songs. Three years and 25,000 stories later, I have now recorded two projects inspired entirely by these peoples' stories. The live DVD was an opportunity to allow people to take these powerful stories home with them," he said.

West has five albums since 2003, and has been nominated for eight Dove Awards, winning once for his 2003 album, Happy.