Nichole Nordeman, Michael W. Smith garner Dove Awards as top artists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Nichole Nordeman won top honors at the 34th Annual Dove Awards, taking home trophies for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

"In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets -- some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing," Nordeman said, quoting from The Message paraphrase of 2 Timothy 2:20-21, as she accepted the female vocalist of the year award.

Nordeman, who captured the same award in 2001, said many performers are much finer china or crystal, but she considers it a privilege to serve beside all of them.

Nordeman's "Holy" was named Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. Her "Woven & Spun" was named Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, and Nordeman joined other artists in receiving the award for Special Event Album of the Year for "City on a Hill -- Sing Alleluia." In all, Nordeman had eight nominations in six categories and took home six awards.

Also honored for his contributions to the Gospel Music Association was Michael W. Smith. Smith was named Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year. He has won at least one Dove in every year since 1989, and after also claiming Doves for Praise & Worship Album and Long Form Music Video, his total number of Doves rose to 40.

Third Day took home honors for Group of the Year for the third straight year after finishing one of the most successful touring years of any artist in 2002.

The group was the only artist in any genre to have two tours on Pollstar's year-end "Top 100 Tours" list, with both the "Come Together" tour and the "Come Together and Worship" tour with Michael W. Smith making the list. Pollstar is a mainstream concert-tracking service.

Also nominated for Group of the Year were Audio Adrenaline, MercyMe, Selah and Sixpence None the Richer.

Third Day also won Rock Recorded Song of the Year for "40 Days" from their "Come Together" album and joined other artists in honors for Special Event Album of the Year for "City on a Hill -- Sing Alleluia." Last year Third Day joined the Imperials, First Call, 4HIM and Jars of Clay as the only recipients of consecutive Group of the Year Dove Awards.

In February, Third Day received a Grammy for Rock Gospel Album of the Year for Come Together. Their latest release, a worship album called "Offerings II: All I Have to Give," debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

Following is a complete list of Dove Award winners.

-- Song of the Year: Holy; Nichole Nordeman, Mark Hammond; Ariose Music, Mark Hammond Music (ASCAP)

-- Songwriter of the Year: Nichole Nordeman

-- Male Vocalist: Michael W. Smith

-- Female Vocalist: Nichole Nordeman

-- Group: Third Day

-- Artist: Michael W. Smith

-- New Artist: Paul Colman Trio

-- Producer: Brown Bannister

-- Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Recorded Song: All Around the World; The Fault Is History; Souljahz; Joshua Washington, Je'kob Washington & Rachael Washington, Chris Rodriquez; Warner Brothers

-- Modern Rock/Alternative Recorded Song: Breathe Your Name; Divine Discontent; Sixpence None the Richer; Matt Slocum; Reprise

-- Hard Music Recorded Song: Boom; Satellite; P.O.D.; P.O.D. (Traa, Sonny, Marcos, Wuv) Paul Sandoval, Marco Curiel, Mark Traa, Noah Bernardo; Atlantic

-- Rock Recorded Song: 40 Days; Come Together; Third Day; Mac Powell, Brad Avery, David Carr, Mark Lee, Tai Anderson; Essential

-- Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song: Holy; Woven & Spun; Nichole Nordeman; Nichole Nordeman, Mark Hammond; Sparrow

-- Inspirational Recorded Song: Here I Am To Worship; Here I Am To Worship; Tim Hughes; Tim Hughes; Worship Together

-- Southern Gospel Recorded Song: Don't You Wanna Go?; A Crabb Collection; The Crabb Family; Gerald Crabb; Family Music Group

-- Bluegrass Recorded Song: Walkin' and Talkin'; 50th Anniversary; The Lewis Family; Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; Thoroughbred

-- Country Recorded Song: The River's Gonna Keep On Rolling; Legacy ... Hymns & Faith; Amy Grant; Vince Gill; Word

-- Urban Recorded Song: Meditate; This Is Your Life; Out of Eden; Lisa Kimmey, Michael Clemons, Nate Clemons, Eric Roberson; Gotee

-- Traditional Gospel Recorded Song: Holding On; Amazing Love; Mississippi Mass Choir; Dorothy Love-Coates; Malaco

-- Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song: In the Morning; Incredible; Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell, Tina Atkins-Campbell, Erica Atkins-Campbell, J. Campbell; Integrity

-- Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Album: The Art of Translation; GRITS; Teron Carter, Stacey Jones, Ric Robbins, Otto Price, Kenne Bell; Gotee

-- Modern Rock/Alternative Album: The Eleventh Hour; Jars of Clay; Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark; Essential

-- Hard Music Album: Fireproof; Pillar; Travis Wyrick; Flicker

-- Rock Album: Lift; Audio Adrenaline; Mark Stuart, Will McGinnis, Ben Cissell, Tyler Burkam; ForeFront

-- Pop/Contemporary Album: Woven & Spun; Nichole Nordeman; Charlie Peacock, Mark Hammond; Sparrow

-- Inspirational Album: Legacy ... Hymns & Faith; Amy Grant; Brown Bannister, Vince Gill; Word

-- Southern Gospel Album: A Crabb Collection; The Crabb Family; Mike Bowling; Family Music Group

-- Bluegrass Album: 50th Anniversary Celebration; Lewis Family; Wayne Haun, Buddy Spicher; Thoroughbred

-- Country Album: Rise and Shine; Randy Travis; Kyle Lehning; Word

-- Urban Album: (TIE) Fault Is History; Souljahz; Tonex; Warner Brothers and This Is Your Life; Out of Eden; Lisa Kimmey, Donnie Scantz, Jaimie Portee, Nate Clemmons; Gotee

-- Traditional Gospel Album: Higher Ground; Blind Boys of Alabama; John Chelew; Real World/EMI Gospel

-- Contemporary Gospel Album: The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin; Sanchez Harley, Kirk Franklin; Gospocentric

-- Instrumental Album: Hymnsongs; Phil Keaggy; Phil Keaggy, Ric Kardinski; Word

-- Praise & Worship Album: Worship Again; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith; Reunion

-- Children's Music Album: Jonah, A Veggie Tales Movie Original

Soundtrack; Kurt Heinecke, Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, David Mullin, Steve Taylor, Monroe Jones; Big Idea

-- Spanish Language Album: Navidad; Jaci Velasquez; Chris Harris for Fun Attic Prod., Alejandro Jean; Word

-- Special Event Album: City On A Hill -- Sing Alleluia; Caedmon's Call, FFH, Jars of Clay, Jennifer Knapp, Phil Keaggy, Nichole Nordeman, Bebo Norman, Fernando Ortega, The Choir, Third Day; Steve Hindalong, Marc Byrd; Essential

-- Musical: The Christmas Shoes; Donna VanLiere, Eddie Carswell, J. Daniel Smith; Brentwood Music Publications

-- Youth/Children's Musical: Meet Me at the Manger; Celeste Clydesdale; Clydesdale & Clydesdale Music

-- Choral Collection: More Songs for Praise & Worship 2; Ken Barker, Keith Christopher; Word Music

-- Recorded Music Packaging: Welcome to The Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus; Rock 'n' Roll Worship; Sam Noerr; Matthew Lloyd; Karen Mason-Blair; Vertical

-- Short Form Music Video: Irene; tobyMac; Alex Moon; Rick Kim; ForeFront

-- Long Form Music Video: Worship; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith; Michael Sacci, Ken Conrad; Carl Diebold; Reunion.

The Dove Awards will air at 8 p.m. April 19 on the PAX network.


(BP) photos posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo titles: TIME FOR CELEBRATION, NICHOLE'S NIGHT, STILL THE ONE, ANOTHER ACCOLADE and WORKING WITH THE GREATEST.

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