‘Waymaker’, a song by Osinachi Joseph, a Nigerian gospel songstress better known as Sinach, has been named the ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2020 Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards.

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GMA, which celebrates outstanding achievements in the Christian music industry, recently released the list of artistes who won in different categories of the 51st edition of its annual award event.

Among them is Sinach who toppled 12 other entries from global gospel singers to win the ‘Song of the Year’ prize.

“Congratulations to @sinach! Our Dove Awards Song of the Year is ‘Way Maker’! We love you! Thank you for making the long journey to be a part of this night!,” the GMA wrote on Twitter.

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In reply, Sinach said: “Thank you @GMADoveAwards for the award and an incredible production! Jesus is Lord.”

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Among other prominent singers who also won is Kanye West, a US rapper, who topped the ‘Award for Rap/Hip-hop Recorded Song of the Year’ category with ‘Follow God’, a song from his ninth studio album titled ‘Jesus Is King’.

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See the full list of winners below:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • for KING & COUNTRY – WINNER
  • Hillsong Worship
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Zach Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Chris Renzema
  • Cochren & Co.
  • Elle Limebear
  • Switch
  • We The Kingdom – WINNER

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

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  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Hillsong UNITED
  • Tauren Wells – WINNER
  • TobyMac
  • Zach Williams

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Jekalyn Carr
  • Jonathan McReynolds
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard – WINNER
  • Travis Greene

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Gaither Vocal Band
  • Jason Crabb
  • Joseph Habedank – WINNER
  • Karen Peck & New River

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – ARTIST:

  • Chris Brown
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Matthew West
  • Zach Williams – WINNER

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – NON-ARTIST:

  • Ed Cash
  • Ethan Hulse
  • Jason Ingram – WINNER
  • Jonathan Smith
  • Paul Mabury

SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Almost Home” (songwriters) Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Mike Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran
  • “Burn The Ships” (songwriters) Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Matt Hales, Seth Mosley
  • “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus) (songwriters) Desmond Davis, Donald Lawrence, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge
  • “Dead Man Walking” (songwriters) Emily Weisband, Jeremy Camp, Jordan Sapp
  • “Holy Water” (songwriters) Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Marin Cash, Scott Cash
  • “King of Kings” (songwriters) Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, Scott Ligertwood
  • “Love Theory” (songwriter) Kirk Franklin
  • “Nobody” (songwriters) Bernie Herms, Mark Hall, Matthew West
  • “Rescue” (songwriters) Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury
  • “Rescue Story” (songwriter) Andrew Ripp, Ethan Hulse, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams
  • “See A Victory” (songwriters) Ben Fielding, Chris Brown, Jason Ingram, Steven Furtick
  • “The God Who Stays” (songwriters) AJ Pruis, Jonathan Smith, Matthew West
  • “Way Maker” (songwriters) Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu – WINNER

POP/CONTEMPORARY SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “NOBODY” – Casting Crowns (feat. Matthew West) – (songwriters) Bernie Herms, Matthew West, Mark Hall
  • “Burn The Ships” – for KING & COUNTRY– (songwriters) Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Seth Mosley, Matt Hales
  • “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp – (songwriters) Jeremy Camp, Emily Weisband, Jordan Sapp
  • “Rescue” – Lauren Daigle – (songwriters) Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle, Paul Mabury – WINNER
  • “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom – (songwriters) Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash, Scott Cash

SOUTHERN GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “This Is The Place” – Gaither Vocal Band – (songwriters) – Gloria Gaither, Williams J. Gaither, Gordan Mote
  • “The God I Serve” – Karen Peck & New River – (songwriters) Rebecca Bowman, Sonya Yeary, Karen Peck Gooch, Jimmy Yeary
  • “What Kind Of Man” – Legacy Five – (songwriters) Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Sue Smith
  • “The Power Of An Empty Tomb” – The Erwins – (songwriter) Joel Lindsey – WINNER
  • “Can I Get A Witness” – The Sound – (songwriters) Kenna Turner West, Brent Baxter, Jason Cox

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Blessings on Blessings” – Anthony Brown & group therAPy
  • “Won’t Be Moved” – Gene Moore
  • “People” – Jonathan McReynolds  – WINNER
  • “B!g” – Pastor Mike Jr.
  • “Truly Amazing God” – Travis Greene

GOSPEL WORSHIP SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Miracle Worker” – JJ Hairston
  • “Something Has To Break” (Live) – Kierra Sheard featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard – WINNER
  • “Promises” – Maverick City Music
  • “Proverbs 3” – Todd Dulaney
  • “Only You Can Satisfy” (Live) – William McDowell and Chris Lawson

WORSHIP SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “King of Kings” (Live at Qudos Band Arena, Sydney, AU/2019) – Hillsong Worship
  • “Goodness of God” – Jenn Johnson
  • “The Blessing” (Live) – Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship – WINNER
  • “Way Maker” – Leeland
  • “Great Things” – Phil Wickham

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “More Than Bones” – Demon Hunter
  • “Juggernaut” – John Mark McMillan\
  • “My Arms” – Ledger
  • “Royal Blood” – Richlin
  • “Legendary” – Skillet – WINNER

INSPIRATIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Now Is Forever” – Gaither Vocal Band
  • “I Give Up” – Laura Story
  • “His Mercy Is More” – Matt Boswell & Matt Papa
  • “Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” – Selah – WINNER
  • “He Touched Me/There’s Something About That Name/Because He Lives” – Steven Curtis Chapman

RAP/HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Keepin it movin am & guy demo.mp3” – Andy Mineo, Guvna B
  • “Follow God” – Kanye West – WINNER
  • “Armies” – KB
  • “Set Me Free” – Lecrae
  • “Enough” – Social Club Misfits featuring Austin French

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR:

  • “Truly Amazing God” – John P. Kee
  • “It Keeps Happening” – Kierra Sheard
  • “I’m All In” – Maranda Curtis – WINNER
  • “All In His Plan” – PJ Morton featuring Mary Mary & Le’Andria Johnson
  • “Victory” – The Clark Sisters

RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • Not By Chance – Aaron Cole
  • Work in Progress – Andy Mineo
  • HEATHEN – GAWVI
  • Jesus Is King – Kanye West
  • MOOD // DOOM – Social Club Misfits – WINNER

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • Out of Body – Apollo LTD
  • War – Demon Hunter
  • Love Letter – Disciple
  • Declaration – Red
  • Victorious – Skillet – WINNER

POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • THE STORY’S NOT OVER – Jeremy Camp
  • Citizen of Heaven – Tauren Wells – WINNER
  • Reason – Unspoken
  • Live At The Wheelhouse – We The Kingdom
  • Rescue Story – Zach Williams

INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • Don’t Wanna Miss This – Cana’s Voice
  • Faultlines Vol. II – kalley
  • I Give Up – Laura Story
  • His Mercy Is More – Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Keith & Kristyn Getty
  • Firm Foundation – Selah – WINNER

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • 2econd Wind: Ready – Anthony Brown & group theAPy
  • TIME – Deitrick Haddon
  • People – Jonathan McReynolds
  • KIERRA – Kierra Sheard
  • LONG LIVE LOVE – Kirk Franklin – WINNER

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • A Different Song – Donnie McClurkin
  • I Made It Out – John P. Kee
  • Bless Somebody Else – Kurt Carr
  • Jesus Is Born – Sunday Service Choir
  • The Return – The Clark Sisters – WINNER

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • The Longer I Serve Him – Bill & Gloria Gaither
  • That Day Is Coming Live – Collingsworth Family
  • Pure Love – Legacy Five – WINNER
  • 20/20 – The Crabb Family
  • The Crown – The McKameys

WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • Peace – Bethel Music
  • At Midnight – Elevation Worship
  • People (Deluxe) – Hillsong UNITED
  • Awake – Hillsong Worship – WINNER
  • Alive & Breathing – Matt Maher

GOSPEL WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • Miracle Worker – JJ Hairston
  • Maverick City, Vol. III, Part 1 – Maverick City Music
  • Broken Record – Travis Greene – WINNER
  • Elements – VaShawn Mitchell
  • The Cry – William McDowell

CHRISTMAS ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • Behold The Lamb Of God (20th Anniversary) – Andrew Peterson
  • A True Family Christmas – Collingsworth Family
  • The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Collection – Danny Gokey
  • Christmas – Phil Wickham – WINNER
  • What Christmas Really Means – The Erwins

SHORT FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

  • Citizen Of Heaven” – Tauren Wells
  • “God Only Knows” – for KING & COUNTRY featuring Dolly Parton – WINNER
  • “Reason” – Unspoken
  • “Trilogy” – Silent Planet
  • “Wanted” – Danny Gokey

LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

  • “A Great Adventure” – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • “Awake (Live)” – Hillsong Worship – WINNER
  • “Building A Christmas To Remember” – The Singing Contractors
  • “People” – Jonathan McReynolds
  • “Roar (Live)” – Passion

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR:

  • Behold The Lamb Of God (20th Anniversary) – Andrew Peterson
  • CHOOSE TO WORSHIP – Rend Collective
  • Forever Amen – Steffany Gretzinger
  • Let There Be Wonder – Matt Redman
  • Perspectives – David Dunn
  • Rescue Story – Zach Williams – WINNER

INSPIRATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR:

  • A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
  • Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
  • I Still Believe – WINNER
  • Overcomer
  • The Clark Sisters: First Ladies Of Gospel

 



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