Dove Awards 2009

Purposes of Dove Awards are to honor the outstanding achievements to Christian Music. Christian Music refers to that music which expresses communal or personal thinking of Christian life. That’s the reason which makes it popular in Christian Community. Christian music varies from culture to culture.

These awards were founded by Gospel Music Association in year 1969. These awards featured the performances by new and popular artists or group within Gospel and Christian Music Scene. There are different variety of music which covers under Dove Awards like Rap, Hip Hop, Country, Worship, Praise, Metal, Gospel, Rock and Pop. Earlier these awards were known by the name of ‘GMA Music Awards’ which now changes to ‘Dove Awards’. Last Dove awards (40th) were aired in Gospel Music channel on April 23 2009. Until 1978, these awards took place in September of every year but when there is no Award Ceremony in year 1979, the awards were scheduled in April 1980, and from there every year these awards takes place in April. Though in year 1999 Dove Awards held in late March.

Categories of Dove Awards are

  • Artist of the year
  • Group of the year
  • New Artist of the year
  • Producer of the year
  • Song of the year
  • Worship Song of the year
  • Male Vocalist of the year
  • Female Vocalist of the year
  • Songwriter of the year
  • Rock Recorded Song of the year
  • Rap/ Hip Hop Recorded Song of the year
  • Rock Album of the year
  • Rap/Hip Hop Album of the year
  • Country Album of the year
  • Bluegrass Album of the year
  • Urban Album of the year
  • Pop/Contemporary Album of the year
  • Rock/Contemporary Album of the year
  • Country Recorded Song of the year
  • Bluegrass Recorded Song of the year
  • Urban Recorded Song of the year
  • Christmas Album of the year
  • Inspirational Album of the year
  • Southern Gospel Album of the year
  • Traditional Gospel Album of the year
  • Children’s Music Album of the year
  • Instrumental Album of the year
  • Choral Collection of the year
  • Spanish Language Album of the year
  • Praise and Worship album of the year
  • Special Event Album of the year
  • Musical of the year
  • Contemporary Gospel Album of the year
  • Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the year
  • Inspirational Recorded Song of the year
  • Short Form Music Video of the year
  • Long Form Music Video of the year
  • Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the year
  • Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the year
  • Rock/ Contemporary Recorded Song of the year
  • Pop/ Contemporary Recorded Song of the year
  • Recorded Music Packaging of the year and Youth/ Children’s Musical of the year

Dove Awards are always popular for their controversial issues, first in year 1971 when Blackwood Brothers a famous group was accused of conducting a campaign to enlist new members of GMA in order to encourage members to vote a particular way. In year 1994, Michael English (winner of Male Vocalist of the year) admitted that he had affair with a member of Former Group Winner First call, and he returned his award back to GMA. Year 2004 was categorized as the black year for the Dove Awards as the recorded tape was aired after 8 months of presentation due to the issues between GMA and United Paramount Network when GMA contracted to feature the awards in Regal Multiplexes instead of their aired presentation.

Though these awards are not very famous in International Music World, but it is categorized as one of the most famous and popular award in Christian Community as the all the participants and members are from Christian Community.

List of Dove Awards 2009 Winners

Male Vocalist of the Year

Brandon Heath

Female Vocalist of the Year

Natalie Grant

Group of the Year

Casting Crowns

Artist of the Year

Steven Curtis Chapman

New Artist of the Year

Tenth Avenue North

Songwriter of the Year


Steven Curtis Chapman

Producer of the Year

Bernie Herms

Song of the Year

"Give Me Your Eyes" - Brandon Heath

Worship Song of the Year

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Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year

"Do Yo Thang" - The Yearbook - KJ-52

Rock Song of the Year

"Lost" - End Of Silence - Red

Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year

"Washed By The Water" - The Heat - NEEDTOBREATHE

Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year

"Give Me Your Eyes" - What If We - Brandon Heath

Inspirational Song of the Year

"A New Hallelujah" - A New Hallelujah - Michael W. Smith

Southern Gospel Song of the Year

"Reason Enough" - Dream on - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Bluegrass Song of the Year

"They’re Holding Up The Ladder" - We Are Family - Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers

Country Song of the Year

"I Wish" - How You Live Deluxe Edition - Point of Grace

Urban Song of the Year

"Get Up" - The Sound - Mary Mary

Traditional Gospel Song of the Year


"Free At Last" - Down In New Orleans - The Blind Boys of Alabama

Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year

"How Great Is Our God" - How Great Is Our God - LaRue Howard

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year

Ordinary Dreamers - Group 1 Crew 

Rock Album of the Year

Satisfied - DecembeRadio 

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year

Never Going Back To OK - The Afters 

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year

Revelation - Third Day 

Inspirational Album of the Year

Great God Who Saves - Laura Story 

Southern Gospel Album of the Year

Lovin’ Life - Gaither Vocal Band 

Bluegrass Album of the Year

We Are Family - Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers 

Country Album of the Year

Around the Bend - Randy Travis 

Urban Album of the Year

The Fight of My Life - Kirk Franklin

Traditional Gospel Album of the Year

Down In New Orleans - The Blind Boys of Alabama

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year

Change the World - Martha Munizzi

Instrumental Album of the Year

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Various

Children's Music Album of the Year

Absolute Modern Worship for Kids 4 - Various 

Spanish Language Album of the Year

Rescatame - Seventh Day Slumber

Special Event Album of the Year

Passion: God of This City - Various

Christmas Album of the Year

Peace on Earth - Casting Crowns

Praise & Worship Album of the Year

A New Hallelujah - Michael W. Smith