BMI Hands Out Annual Christian Music Awards
April 5, 2011 at 6:33 AM (PT)
BMI honored the writers and publishers of the past year's most performed songs on Christian radio and television at its annual CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS last night (4/4) at BMI's MUSIC ROW offices in NASHVILLE.
TOBYMAC shared his second consecutive Christian Songwriter of the Year award with Southern Gospel's RODNEY GRIFFIN and NEEDTOBREATHE's BO RINEHART. The song “What Faith Can Do," performed by KUTLESS and written by SCOTT KRIPPAYNE, earned Christian Song of the Year. The song was published by PIRK MUSIC. 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 KRIPPAYNE performed award-winning songs. The ceremony also included a tribute to late GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA) co-founder DON BUTLER, who died earlier this year.
A complete list of the 2011 BMI CHRISTIAN AWARD winners is available at www.bmi.com.