Christian music's biggest night took place Friday evening and while people may have took home the awards, it was Jesus getting the praise.
The 2022 GMA Dove Awards were actually filmed earlier this week in Nashville and then broadcast last night on TBN.
Gospel music legend Cece Winans added two more awards to her trophy case, including being named Artist of the Year. Winans' song "Believe For It," which spent an unbelievable 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and seven weeks at No. 1 on the Christian Airplay chart.
Newcomer Anne Wilson received her first and second-ever trophies. She won New Artist of the Year as well as Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "My Jesus." Wilson co-wrote that song with Matthew West and Jeff Pardo. Here debut album, My Jesus, rose to No. 1 within roughly just two weeks of its release date.
"My Jesus" shot Wilson to recognition throughout the Contemporary Christian Music world, and it is a song with deep meaning. Wilson was inspired to write the song after the death of her brother, Jacob. In her speech she thanked her late brother, saying “You inspire me and that’s why I do what I do, is to honor Jacob," according to Billboard. "Most of all I want to thank Jesus for his grace, his mercy and his forgiveness…I’m so thankful for all the artists in this category as well. You are changing lives and I’m so grateful.”
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Phil Wickham took home an impressive three awards, including being named the songwriter of the year for artists. Jason Ingrim was named songwriter of the year for non-artists.
Chris Tomlin hosted the evening alongside Erica Campbell. In a Facebook post, after the airing of the awards show, Tomlin said "A night I will truly never forget… one that is all about coming together to celebrate the sound of heaven. A huge congratulations to all the winners last night and to everyone who made the night so powerful!"
Tomlin took home his own award for Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year with his Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) album.
Full list of 2022 GMA Dove winners
Song of the Year: "Believe For It" (Writers) Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans, Mitch Wong, (Publishers) Essential Music Publishing LLC, Fun Attic Music LLC, Integrity Music, Pure Psalms Music Inc.
Songwriter of the Year - Artist: Phil Wickham
Songwriter of the Year - Non-Artist: Jason Ingram
Artist of the Year: CeCe Winans (Record Label) Puresprings Gospel
New Artist of the Year: Anne Wilson (Record Label) Sparrow Records
Producer of the Year: Jeff Pardo
Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year: KB, nobigdyl. "King Jesus" (Writers) Kevin Elijah Burgess, Quinten Coblentz, Dylan Alexander Phillips, Wesley Smith
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Crowder, ft. Hulvey "Higher Power" (Writers) David Crowder, Ben Glover, Christopher Michael Hulvey, Rebecca Lauren Olds, Solomon Olds, Jeff Sojka
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Anne Wilson "My Jesus" (Writers) Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Anne Wilson
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year: Francesca Battistelli "God Is Good" (Writers) Francesca Battistelli, Ben Glover, Jeff Pardo
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Gaither Vocal Band "My Feet Are On The Rock" (Writers) Josh Bronleewe, Matthew Hein, Abbie Parker, Lindsey Sweat
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year: Dolly Parton, ft. Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker "In the Sweet By and By" (Writer) Traditional
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Tasha Cobbs Leonard "Gotta Believe" (Writer) Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Jekalyn Carr "My Portion" (Writer) Jekalyn Carr
Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year: Maverick City Music, ft. DOE, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore "Breathe" (Writers) Pat Barrett, Doe Jones, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore
Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year: Gateway Worship Español, ft. Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D'Clario, Travy Joe, Josh Morales "Danzando" (Writers) Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D'Clario, Travy Joe, Josh Morales, Jacobo Ramos
Worship Recorded Song of the Year: Phil Wickham "Hymn of Heaven" (Writers) Chris Davenport, Bill Johnson, Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Lecrae, 1K Phew, No Church In A While (Producers) 1995, BUNKERBOY, Carvello, CJ Francis, Foreverolling, Herothaproducer, Hugo Black, King Court, Onetakejake, Phenom_J, Sucuki, Uzoharbor, WEARETHEGOOD, WHATUPRG, Wizzle, Wolf
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: NEEDTOBREATHE, Into The Mystery (Producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Konrad Snyder
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY, What Are We Waiting For? (Producers) Benjamin Backus, for KING & COUNTRY, Josh Kerr, Seth Mosley, Jeff Sojka, Tedd T., Federico Vindver
Inspirational Album of the Year: Jordan Smith, Be Still & Know (Producer) Cason Cooley
Southern Gospel Album of the Year Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Keeping On (Producers) Kris Crunk, Brian Eads, Wayne Haun
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year: The Sound, God Is Real (Producer) Barry Weeks
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year: DOE, Clarity (Producers) Chuck Butler, Bryan Fowler, Israel Houghton, Darryl "LiLMaN" Howell, Dewitt Jones, Doe Jones, Judah Jones, Matt Maher, Jonathan McReynolds, Jerry M Tate
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: Ricky Dillard, Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live) (Producers) Will Bogle, Ricky Dillard, Quadrius Salters, Michael Taylor
Gospel Worship Album of the Year: Tribl, Maverick City Music, Tribl Nights Atlanta (Producers) Tony Brown, Jonathan Jay
Spanish Language Album of the Year: Marcos Witt, Viviré (Producers) Carlos Fernando López, Marcos Witt
Worship Album of the Year: Phil Wickham, Hymn Of Heaven (Producers) Adrian Disch, Jason Ingram, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Taylor Johnson, Kyle Lee, Jonathan Smith
Children's Album of the Year: Keith & Kristyn Getty, ft. The Getty Girls, Getty Kids Hymnal - Hymns from Home (Producers) Fionan de Barra, Keith & Kristyn Getty
Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year: Chris Tomlin, Emmanuel: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live), (Producer) Ed Cash
Musical/Choral Collection of the Year: Give Me Jesus (Arranger) Phil Nitz
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Ellie Holcomb, Canyon (Art Director) Jon Dicus, (Photographer) Ashtin Page
Short Form Music Video of the Year (Concept): for KING & COUNTRY, "RELATE" (Director) Ben Smallbone, (Producer) Andrea Royer
Short Form Music Video of the Year (Performance): Tauren Wells, ft. Aaron Cole, "Fake It" (Director) Mister Noah, (Producer) Raj Kapoor
Long Form Video of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY, What Are We Waiting For? | The Worldwide Special (Director) Ben Smallbone, (Producer) Andrea Royer
Inspirational Film/ Series of the Year: The Chosen (Director) Dallas Jenkins, (Producers) Chad Gundersen, Chris Juen