Gospel music legend CeCe Winans and songwriter/producer Jason Ingram were the big winners Friday night at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.
Both Winans and Ingram took home four awards, in a ceremony that actually took place Tuesday evening but was kept top-secret until it aired Friday evening on television.
For Winans, the awards included the Gospel Artist of the Year, the second time she's received the honour. She also took home an award alongside Carrie Underwood for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year, in which Winans appeared alongside the country star for 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness.'
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"I want to thank all of those who were in the category with me, and all of the artists that are here, the young — and us who are old," Winans said.
"God is faithful to every generation. And I am just honoured to be a part of this industry. I'm honoured to lift up the name of Jesus."
For King & Country took home the top award of Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. They took home two other awards as well for Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year and Longform Video of the Year.
"The power of music changes eternal destinations for people," Luke Smallbone of the brother duo said in his acceptance speech. "Don’t forget that. Make this real to other people. Make this real all over the world. It matters. It counts for something."
We The Kingdom took home two awards for Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.
Lecrae won Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for his song, 'Deep End.'
KB won Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year with his album His Glory Alone.
Full list of winners:
|Song of the Year||The Blessing||(Writers) Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Steven Furtick, (Publishers) Capitol CMG Paragon, Kari Jobe Carnes Music, Music by Elevation Worship Publishing, Worship Together Music, Writer's Roof Publishing|
|Songwriter of the Year (Artist)||Brandon Lake|
|Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)||Jason Ingram|
|Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year||We The Kingdom||Sparrow Records|
|Southern Gospel Artist of the Year||Ernie Haase & Signature Sound||StowTown Records|
|Gospel Artist of the Year||CeCe Winans||Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade|
|Artist of the Year||for KING & COUNTRY||Curb | Word Entertainment|
|New Artist of the Year||Maverick City Music||Tribl Records|
|Producer of the Year||Jordan Sapp|
|Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year||Lecrae||Deep End||(Writers) Lecrae Moore, Anthony MrWriteNow Gardner|
|Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year||NEEDTOBREATHE||Who Am I||(Writers) Bear Rinehart, Thomas Rhett, Jordan Reynolds, Cason Cooley, Jeremy Lutito|
|Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year||Tauren Wells||Famous For (I Believe)||(Writers) Alexis Slifer, Chuck Butler, Jordan Sapp, Krissy Nordhoff, Tauren Wells|
|Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year||Carrie Underwood, ft. Cece Winans||Great Is Thy Faithfulness||(Writers) Thomas Obadiah Chisholm, William M. Runyan|
|Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year||Crabb Family||My King is Known By Love||(Writers) Jason Cox, Jeff Bumgardner, Kenna West|
|Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year||Nelons||If God Pulled Back the Curtain||(Writers) Jason Cox, Kenna Turner West, Michael Boggs|
|Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year||Dante Bowe||joyful||(Writers) Dante Bowe, Ben Schofield|
|Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year||Jekalyn Carr||Changing Your Story||(Writer) Jekalyn Carr|
|Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year||CeCe Winans||Believe For It||(Writers) CeCe Winans, Kyle Lee, Mitch Wong, Dwan Hill|
|Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year||Christine D'Clario||Donde Está El Espíritu De Dios||(Writers) Christine D’Clario, Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Ben Fielding, Seth Mosley|
|Worship Recorded Song of the Year||Elevation Worship, ft. Brandon Lake||Graves Into Gardens||(Writers) Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake|
|Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year||KB||His Glory Alone||(Producers) Quinten Coblentz, Wes Writer, Jacob Cardec, Mashell Leroy, DJ Pez, Tee-Wyla Swoope, Kevin Elijah Burgess|
|Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year||NEEDTOBREATHE||Out Of Body||(Producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Cason Cooley, Jeremy Lutito|
|Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year||We The Kingdom||Holy Water||(Producers) We The Kingdom, Ed Cash, Steven V. Taylor|
|Inspirational Album of the Year||Selah||Step Into My Story||(Producer) Jason Kyle Saetveit, Chris Bevins|
|Southern Gospel Album of the Year||Joseph Habedank||Change Is Coming||(Producers) Wayne Haun, Joseph Habedank, Lindsey Habedank, Kris Crunk|
|Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year||Isaacs||Songs for the Times||(Producers) Ben Isaacs, The Isaacs|
|Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year||Koryn Hawthorne||I AM||(Producers) Troy Taylor, Johntá Austin, Jeremy “TryBishop” Hicks, Camper , KJ Scriven, Greg Cox , Anthony "Kid Class" Wyley, Connor Little, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Jacob Sooter|
|Traditional Gospel Album of the Year||Marvin Sapp||Chosen Vessel||(Producer) Aaron Lindsey|
|Gospel Worship Album of the Year||CeCe Winans||Believe For It||(Producers) Kyle Lee , Dwan Hill|
|Spanish Language Album of the Year||Evan Craft||Desesperado (Spanish)||(Producer) Sean Cook, Andrew Bergthold, Jeff Sojka, Chris Bevins|
|Worship Album of the Year||Elevation Worship / Maverick City Music||Old Church Basement||(Producers) Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Jason Ingram, Tony Brown, Jonathan Jay|
|Children's Album of the Year||Yancy & Little Praise Party||Ready Set Go||(Producer) Stephen Leiweke|
|Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year||for KING & COUNTRY||A Drummer Boy Christmas||(Producers) Benjamin Backus, Tedd T., for KING & COUNTRY|
|Musical/Choral Collection||Behold The Lamb Of God||(Creator) Andrew Peterson, (Arrangers/ Orchestrators) Carson Wagner, Russell Mauldin|
|Recorded Music Packaging OTY||Elevation Worship||Graves Into Gardens||(Art Directors) Jacob Boyles, Ryan Hollingsworth, (Graphic Artist) Jacob Boyles, (Photographer) Paul C. Rivera|
|Short Form Video OTY||TobyMac||Help Is On The Way (Maybe Midnight)||(Director) Eric Welch, (Producer) Scott McDaniel|
|Long Form Video OTY||for KING & COUNTRY||Burn The Ships Concert Film||(Directors/Producers) Ben Smallbone, Andrea Royer|
|Inspirational Film of the Year||A Week Away||(Director) Roman White, (Producer) Alan Powell, Gabe Vasquez, Steve Barnett|