GMA Dove Award for Vocalist of the Year

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Steven Curtis Chapman won seven Male Vocalist of Years awards between 1990 and 2001.

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards are presented annually by the Gospel Music Association for outstanding achievements in the Christian music industry. The awards for Male and Female Vocalist of the Year Award has been awarded every year that the GMA has given the awards since 1969.[1] Eighteen different men and seventeen different women have won the award in forty-three years. James Blackwood won seven of the first eight (1969–1970, 1972–1975, 1977) Male Vocalist of the Year awards and is tied for the most with Steven Curtis Chapman (1990–1991, 1995, 1997–1998, 2000–2001). Sandi Patty has the most Vocalist of Year awards overall with eleven (1982–1992).[2] Other multiple award winners include Natalie Grant (five), Sue Chenault Dodge (three), Michael English (three), Larnelle Harris (three), Russ Taff (three), Chris Tomlin (three), Twila Paris (three), Francesca Battistelli (two), Jeremy Camp (two), Cynthia Clawson (two), Steve Green (two), Brandon Heath (two), Dallas Holm (two), Nicole C. Mullen (two), Nichole Nordeman (two), Evie (two), Jaci Velasquez (two), and Cece Winans (two). Chapman's seventh and most recent Vocalist of the Year award in 2001 came eleven years after his first in 1990—the longest span between awards. In the awards forty-three year history, only in 1969, 1976, 1996, 1999, 2002, and 2006, did both the male and female award winners win for the first time in the same year. The most recent winners were Jason Crabb and Grant; it was Crabb's first win.

GMA officials rescinded the Dove Awards of 1971 due to solicitation of votes by the James Blackwood family. James Blackwood and Sue Chenault would have won the male and female vocalist of the year awards, respectively. If the awards had not been removed, Blackwood would have had the most male vocalist of the year awards with eight.[3] The only other year in which there were no awards was in 1979 when they were moved from October to April.[4]

Winners[edit]

Michael English was Male Vocalist of the Year in 1992, 1993, and 1994.
Jaci Velásquez sings at the White House in 2002. She was Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
Jeremy Camp performing in 2008. Camp was the Male Vocalist of the Year in 2004 and 2005.
Natalie Grant at the 16th Annual MovieGuide Faith and Values Awards Gala. Grant won four consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Awards between 2006 and 2009.
Year Male Vocalist
of the Year
Female Vocalist
of the Year
Ref
1969 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood Goodman, VestalVestal Goodman [2][5]
1970 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood Downing, AnnAnn Downing [5][6]
1971 No awards No awards [a]
1972 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood Chenault, SueSue Chenault [7]
1973 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood Chenault, SueSue Chenault [8]
1974 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood Chenault Dodge, SueSue Chenault Dodge [8][9]
1975 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood Johnson, JeanneJeanne Johnson [10]
1976 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood McGuire, JoyJoy McGuire [11]
1977 Blackwood, JamesJames Blackwood Tornquist, EvieEvie Tornquist [12]
1978 Holm, DallasDallas Holm Tornquist, EvieEvie Tornquist [13]
1979 No awards No awards [b]
1980 Holm, DallasDallas Holm Clawson, CynthiaCynthia Clawson [14]
1981 Taff, RussRuss Taff Clawson, CynthiaCynthia Clawson [15]
1982 Taff, RussRuss Taff Patty, SandiSandi Patty [16]
1983 Harris, LarnelleLarnelle Harris Patty, SandiSandi Patty [17]
1984 Taff, RussRuss Taff Patty, SandiSandi Patty [18]
1985 Green, SteveSteve Green Patty, SandiSandi Patty [19]
1986 Harris, LarnelleLarnelle Harris Patty, SandiSandi Patty [20]
1987 Green, SteveSteve Green Patty, SandiSandi Patty [21]
1988 Harris, LarnelleLarnelle Harris Patty, SandiSandi Patty [22]
1989 Watson, WayneWayne Watson Patty, SandiSandi Patty [23]
1990 Chapman, Steven CurtisSteven Curtis Chapman Patty, SandiSandi Patty [24]
1991 Chapman, Steven CurtisSteven Curtis Chapman Patty, SandiSandi Patty [25]
1992 English, MichaelMichael English Patty, SandiSandi Patty [26]
1993 English, MichaelMichael English Paris, TwilaTwila Paris [27]
1994 English, MichaelMichael English Paris, TwilaTwila Paris [28]
1995 Chapman, Steven CurtisSteven Curtis Chapman Paris, TwilaTwila Paris [29]
1996 Chapman, GaryGary Chapman Winans, CeceCece Winans [30]
1997 Chapman, Steven CurtisSteven Curtis Chapman Winans, CeceCece Winans [31]
1998 Chapman, Steven CurtisSteven Curtis Chapman Lewis, CrystalCrystal Lewis [32]
1999 Rice, ChrisChris Rice Velasquez, JaciJaci Velasquez [33]
2000 Chapman, Steven CurtisSteven Curtis Chapman Velasquez, JaciJaci Velasquez [34]
2001 Chapman, Steven CurtisSteven Curtis Chapman Nordeman, NicholeNichole Nordeman [35]
2002 Powell, MacMac Powell Mullen, Nicole C.Nicole C. Mullen [36]
2003 Smith, Michael W.Michael W. Smith Nordeman, NicholeNichole Nordeman [37]
2004 Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp Orrico, StacieStacie Orrico [38]
2005 Camp, JeremyJeremy Camp Mullen, Nicole C.Nicole C. Mullen [39]
2006 Tomlin, ChrisChris Tomlin Grant, NatalieNatalie Grant [40]
2007 Tomlin, ChrisChris Tomlin Grant, NatalieNatalie Grant [41]
2008 Tomlin, ChrisChris Tomlin Grant, NatalieNatalie Grant [42]
2009 Heath, BrandonBrandon Heath Grant, NatalieNatalie Grant [43]
2010 Heath, BrandonBrandon Heath Battistelli, FrancescaFrancesca Battistelli [44]
2011 August, ChrisChris August Battistelli, FrancescaFrancesca Battistelli [45]
2012 Crabb, JasonJason Crabb Grant, NatalieNatalie Grant [46]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Awards were invalidated due to voting irregularities. James Blackwood and Sue Chenault were the original winners.[3]
  2. ^ No awards were given in 1979 because the award ceremony was moved from October to April.[4]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ "Michael English Big Winner at Dove Awards". Times-Union (Warsaw, Indiana). Associated Press. April 28, 1994. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
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  35. ^ Starnes, Todd (April 27, 2001). "Christian rock band Third Day big winner at 32nd Dove Awards". Baptist Press. Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  36. ^ Starnes, Todd; Winn, Michael (April 26, 2002). "MercyMe, Third Day, Smitty at 2002 Dove Awards forefront". Baptist Press. Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
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  38. ^ Curry, Erin (April 29, 2004). "MercyMe, Jeremy Camp big winners at 2004 GMA Awards". Baptist Press. Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  39. ^ Curry, Erin (April 14, 2005). "Casting Crowns among most rewarded at GMA Music Awards". Baptist Press. Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
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  41. ^ Shrout, Kelly Davis (April 26, 2007). "Tomlin wins 6 Dove Awards". Baptist Press. Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
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  45. ^ Retailing, Christian (April 22, 2011). "Francesca Battistelli, Chris August Earn Top Dove Honors". Charisma. Charisma Media. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  46. ^ Evans Price, Deborah (April 20, 2012). "That's a Wrap! Atlanta Hosts 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, a Night of Incredible Diversity". GMC TV. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 

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