40th GMA Dove Awards

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40th GMA Dove Awards
Date April 23, 2009
Location Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee
Hosted by Rebecca St. James, Matthew West, and Lisa Kimmey

The 40th Annual 'GMA Dove Awards presentation was held on April 23, 2009 recognizing accomplishments of musicians for the year 2008. The show was held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, and was hosted by Rebecca St. James, Matthew West, and Lisa Kimmey.

Nominations were announced on February 20, 2009 by Lisa Kimmey, Dan Evans and Jackie Evans during a press conference at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center in Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2]

Steven Curtis Chapman won two awards, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, while Tenth Avenue North won New Artist of the Year. Casting Crowns and Brandon Heath each won three awards. Other multiple winners include: Third Day, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Michael W. Smith.


Telecast ceremony

The following performed:

Artist(s) Song(s)
Mary Mary "Get Up"
Kierra Sheard
Francesca Battistelli
Steven Curtis Chapman "Cinderella"
Natalie Grant
Group 1 Crew
"Make It Matter"
Brandon Heath "Give Me Your Eyes"
MercyMe "I Can Only Imagine"

"Finally Home"

Jonathan Nelson
Remedy Drive "Daylight Is Coming"
Chris Sligh "Empty Me"
Tenth Avenue North "By Your Side"
Third Day "Revelation"
Chris Tomlin "I Will Rise"
Kim Hopper
Brian Free & Assurance
Ronnie Milsap
Jason Crabb
Reba Rambo-McGuire
Dony McGuire
Destiny McGuire
Sandi Patty
Larnelle Harris
Tribute to Dottie Rambo:[4]
Blind Boys of Alabama
Mac Powell
"Free at Last"
Edwin Hawkins
Donnie McClurkin
Phil Stacey
Melinda Watts
"Oh Happy Day"


Telecast ceremony

The following presented:[5]



Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Song of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
Producer of the Year


Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year


Rock Recorded Song of the Year
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Rock Album of the Year
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year


Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year
Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year


Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
Inspirational Album of the Year


Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
Southern Gospel Album of the Year
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year

Country & Bluegrass[edit]

Country Recorded Song of the Year
Country Album of the Year
Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year
Bluegrass Album of the Year

Praise & Worship[edit]

Worship Song of the Year
Praise & Worship Album of the Year


Urban Recorded Song of the Year
Urban Album of the Year


Instrumental Album of the Year
Children's Music Album of the Year
  • Absolute Modern Worship for Kids 4 – Various artists
  • All God’s AnimalsTJ McCloud
  • David: Shepherd, Psalmist, Soldier, King! – Bible StorySongs
  • Shout Praises Kids – I Am Free – Jeff Sandstrom, Kurt Goebel, Stephen Leiweke, and Jeremy Redmon
  • Sleepytime Lullabies – Praise Baby
  • Tell The WorldHillsong Kids
Spanish Language Album of the Year
Special Event Album of the Year
Christmas Album of the Year
Choral Collection of the Year
  • Cradle That Rocked The WorldGeron Davis, Christopher Phillips, Jukka Palonen
  • Glorious Day – David Moffitt, Sue C. Smith, Travis Cottrell
  • He Still Leads – Christ Church Choir – Landy Gardner, Joy Gardner, Christopher Phillips
  • I’ll Say YesCarol Cymbala
  • Make a Joyful Noise – Regi Stone
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year


Musical of the Year
  • Child of Wonder
  • East to West
  • God Bless the USA
  • Savior
  • The Risen Christ
Youth/Children's Musical
  • An Island Christmas
  • Angels We Have Heard
  • It’s a Wonder-Full Life
  • Lifesong
  • The Christmas County Spelling Bee


Short Form Music Video of the Year
  • "Daylight" – Remedy Drive
    • Andy & Jon Erwin (video directors)
  • "Fan Mail" – KJ-52
    • Sam Sanchez (video director and producer)
  • "In the Valley of the Dying Sun" – House of Heroes
    • Danny Yourd (video director), Steve Hoover (video producer)
  • "Movin’" – Group 1 Crew
    • Andy & Jon Erwin (video directors), Dan Atchison (video producer)
  • "Slow Fade" – Casting Crowns
    • Andy & Jon Erwin (video directors)
Long Form Music Video of the Year

Artists with multiple nominations and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Nominations Announced for 40th GMA Dove Awards on CBN.com (February 20, 2008)
  3. ^ DOVE AWARDS CELEBRATES 40TH YEARS WITH GOOD NEWS on GospelMusicUpdate (April 24, 2009)
  4. ^ "Dove Award Performers Announced for Live Show April 23rd". CMSpin. April 9, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ DOVE AWARDS CELEBRATES 40TH YEARS WITH GOOD NEWS on GospelMusicUpdate (April 24, 2009)

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