2010 Christian Music Awards

November 23, 2010

Songwriter of the Year Ben Glover and ASCAP's Tim DuBois

ASCAP celebrated the songwriters and publishers of Christian music's most performed songs at its 32nd annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards on Monday, October 25th, at Richland Country Club in Nashville. A total of 36 song honors were given out, interspersed with several very special performances. The 2010 Dove Awards Song of the Year, "By Your Side," was performed by Phillip LaRue, as well as "The Motions" by songwriters Jason Houser and Sam Mizell. Michael Farren of Pocket Full of Rocks also treated the audience to a special performance.

ASCAP Nashville's Vice President and Managing Executive Tim DuBois presented Ben Glover with his first ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award. Glover penned four of the most performed songs of the past year: "Before The Morning" (Josh Wilson), "Let the Waters Rise" (Mikeschair), "Savior, Please" (Josh Wilson) and "The Lost Get Found" (Britt Nicole).

DuBois also presented Jeremy Camp with his first ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year award. Camp has twice been awarded ASCAP Songwriter of the Year – in 2005 and 2006 – and was honored with ASCAP's Song of the Year award for "Take You Back" in 2006. This year, Camp added two more Most Performed awards to his collection for "There Will Be a Day" and "Healing Hand of God." The ASCAP Christian Music Song of the Year honor went to "The Motions," recorded by Matthew West and cowritten by West, Sam Mizell and Jason Houser. The song was published by Word Music, Simpleville Music, Extreme Writers Group, Cedar Sides, Songs For Lulu and Wyzell Music, and had a phenomenal presence at radio, spending 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Christian charts.

ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors were presented to EMI CMG Publishing, who had eight award-winning songs: "Before the Morning," "Forgiven," "Healing Hand of God," "I Will Rise," "Savior, Please," "Sing, Sing, Sing," "The Lost Get Found" and "There Will Be A Day." DuBois presented the award to EMI CMG Publishing's Eddie DeGarmo. During the ceremony, it was announced that the Gospel Music Hall of Fame is inducting DeGarmo & Key for their lasting mark on Christian and gospel music. It was also announced that the late Johnny Cash will be honored with a posthumous induction in 2011.

For a complete list of award winners, click here