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BMI 2024 Christian Awards

The 2024 BMI Christian Awards were held last night in Nashville, celebrating its top Christian songwriters and music publishers. The Christian Song, Songwriter, and Publisher of the Year were recognized, in addition to 21 first-time winners for their contributions to the top 25 most-performed Christian songs of the past year. The invitation-only event took place at BMI’s Music Row office and was hosted by BMI’s AVP of Creative, Nashville, Leslie Roberts.

The top 25 most-performed Christian songs highlighted during the evening included “Fear Is Not My Future,” “God Is in The Story,” “Heart of God,” “Hymn of Heaven,” “Love Me Like I Am,” “Rest On Us,” “Who I Am” and more. Among the first-time winners were Bryan Fowler, Enrique Holmes, Jesse Cline, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Jacob Mills, Levi Mills, Hannah Shackelford, Anthony Skinner, and P!nk.

“Gratitude,” written by BMI songwriters Dante Bowe and Ben Hastings (APRA), was named the 2024 Song of the Year. Featured on Brandon Lake’s album, House of Miracles, the No. One hit received critical acclaim for its raw honesty and was nominated for Song of the Year and Worship Recorded Song of the Year at the 2023 GMA Dove Awards.

Phil Wickham was honored with the coveted Songwriter of the Year award. Wickham contributed to four of this year’s award-winning songs, including “Holy Forever,” “Hymn of Heaven,” “Then Christ Came,” and “This Is Our God.” The multi-GRAMMY-nominated worship artist has garnered billions of streams, and his latest album, I Believe, has earned two No. One singles on Christian radio.

Essential Music Publishing was awarded Publisher of the Year, responsible for 12 of the top 25 most-performed songs, including “Cornerstone,” “God Is in This Story,” “Heart of God,” “Holy Forever,” “I Thank God,” “I’m So Blessed,” “Perfectly Loved,” “Same God,” “Thank God I Do,” “Then Christ Came,” “This Is Our God,” and “Who I Am.”

The 2024 BMI Christian Awards featured special moments, including a stripped-down version of “Strong” by Anne Wilson, accompanied by BMI’s 2023 Songwriter of the Year, Jeff Pardo. Prolific newcomer Charly Beathard made her BMI performance debut with “Hallelujah Anyway,” while multi-Grammy-nominated artist Phil Wickham performed an acoustic rendition of his song “Hymn of Heaven.”

Pictured Daywind Records Director of Artist & Label Relations/A&R Dusty Wells (on right) and Daywind artist Joseph Habedank honored for the song “Liar Liar” as one of the most performed songs of the year on terrestrial radio, satellite radio, and digital streaming services at BMI Christian Awards.

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