On June 14 Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) will give out its first-ever icon music award to a Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. 

The company hosts a BMI Christian Awards event each year at BMI’s Nashville office. 

According to The Christian Beat, Chapman will be the first Christian music artist to be honoured with the prestigious BMI Icon Award. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill will host the ceremony with Leslie Roberts, BMI AVP, Creative, Nashville.

The BMI Icon Award is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the music industry, leaving an indelible and unique influence on generations of music makers.

"It is truly an honor to celebrate the inspirational career of Steven Curtis Chapman by presenting him with our BMI Icon Award," says Leslie Roberts, AVP, Creative, Nashville. "His career has spanned three decades, and he has provided countless songs of peace, comfort, and faith to millions of fans worldwide."

Previous winners of the Icon Award include Barry Manilow, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Sting, and Nile Rodgers.

"His name is synonymous with Christian music, but his collaborations across genres have broken boundaries and helped to spread his message of hope and light to all who hear the songs he’s written," says Roberts.

Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history. In his three decades of music making, he has received 59 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, and an American Music Award. He has had 49 No. 1 singles, sold more than eleven million albums and has ten RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit.