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Nigeria’s Sinach, (real name Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu), has won an award in the Song Of the Year category for Way Maker, a song she wrote about five years ago. The song, which was a massive success has been covered by several prominent Christian music artistes like Mandisa, Bethel Music, Micheal Smith.

Also, best selling African American rapper and businessman, Kanye West won rap/hip hop recorded song of the year for Follow God.

The 51st annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards played Friday evening in a format fit for 2020. The show embraced pre-taped performances and artist interview segments in a Trinity Broadcast Network slot typically reserved for replaying a live awards program in front of an arena-sized audience at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Dove Awards stretched across two nights this year: A pre-television awards segment that aired Thursday on the program’s Facebook page, and a Friday night mainstage broadcast featuring marquee honors and performances.

Here is a list of winners:

  • Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
  • Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: Tauren Wells
  • Gospel Worship Album of the Year: Travis Greene – “Broken Record”
  • Inspirational Film of the Year: “I Still Believe”
  • Worship Recorded Song of the Year: Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship – “The Blessing (Live)”
  • Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds – “People”
  • Spanish Language Album of the Year: Elevation Worship – “Aleluya (En La Tierra)”
  • New Artist of the Year: We The Kingdom
  • Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Social Club Misfits – “MOOD // DOOM”
  • Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year: Kanye West – “Follow God”
  • Song of the Year: “Way Maker”
  • Gospel Artist of the Year: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Southern Gospel Artist of the Year: Joseph Habedank
  • Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year: Jimmy Fortune – “God & Country”
  • Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year: Karen Peck & New River – “Ain’t No Grave”
  • Children’s Album of the Year: Ellie Holcomb – “Sing: Remembering Songs”
  • Choral Collection of the Year: Top Anthem Collection
  • Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year: Phil Wickham – “Christmas”
  • Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year: Kirk Franklin – “LONG LIVE LOVE”
  • Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year: Kierra Sheard featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard – “Something Has To Break (Live)”
  • Inspirational Album of the Year: Selah – “Firm Foundation”
  • Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year: Selah – “Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me”
  • Instrumental Album of the Year: Chris Rice – “Untitled Hymn: A Collection of Hymns (Instrumental)”
  • Long Form Video of the Year: Hillsong Worship – “Awake (Live)”
  • Musical of the Year: “Messiah Overcame – An Easter Musical”
  • Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: Tauren Wells – “Citizen of Hope”
  • Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Lauren Diagle – “Rescue”
  • Producer of the Year: Ed Cash and Steven V. Taylor (team)
  • Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Rescue Story (Zach Williams) – Tim Parker (art director and graphic artist) and Eric Brown (photographer)
  • Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: Skillet – “Victorious”
  • Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Skillet – “Legendary”
  • Short Form Video of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY featuring Dolly Parton – “God Only Knows”
  • Songwriter of the Year (artist): Zach Williams
  • Songwriter of the Year (non-artist): Jason Ingram
  • Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Legacy Five – “Pure Love”
  • Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: The Erwins – “The Power of an Empty Tomb”
  • Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year: Christine D’Clario – “Loco Amor”
  • Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: The Clark Sisters – “The Return”
  • Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Miranda Curtis – “I’m All In”
  • Worship Album of the Year: Hillsong Worship – “Awake”
  • Youth/Children’s Musical of the Year: “Good News Ahead…The Signs of Christmas!
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