BMI Christian Awards 2022: new songs, new names, and a new award
A week ago, on June the 14th, the music world saw a new celebration, as there was the BMI Christian Awards 2022 in Nashville. This is an annual event held by Broadcast Music, Inc. The ceremony honored the 25 most performed songs of the past year and the singers and songwriters behind them. Furthermore, the highlight of this year’s ceremony was a new award category establishment.
Steven Chapman is a BMI Icon at the BMI Christian Awards 2022
In 2022, BMI Christian Awards made a difference to the ceremony by adding a new category called BMI Icon Award. Steven Curtis Chapman was the first musician who received the accolade.
It was our privilege to recognize the unparalleled career of Steven Curtis Chapman and present him with BMI’s highest honor, our Icon Award, which was given for the first time ever at BMI’s Christian Awards. Throughout his incredible career, Steven has delivered countless songs of peace, comfort, and faith to millions of fans worldwide. While his name is synonymous with Christian music, his work has reached far beyond, crossing genres and touching hearts.
It is hardly possible to disagree with the choice. Starting his musical career in the late 1980s, Steven Chapman has become the most awarded artist in Christian music. The musician released 25 albums, received five Grammy awards, and broke a record with 58 Dove Awards.
Praising songwriters of the year at the BMI Christian Awards 2022
The ceremony became memorable for Jason Cox, who received a “Songwriter of the Year” award for the first time. For the past year, Cox contributed to the songs I See Revival, If God Pulled Back the Curtain, and The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch also honored at the BMI Christian Awards 2022.
Ethan Hulse joined Jason Cox and took the “Songwriter of the Year” award for the fourth time in a row. Hulse wrote Jericho, Out of My Hands, and Rise Up (Lazarus) which are among other BMI Christian Awards 2022 honorees as well.
25 top-performance songs, 19 new names, and a song of the year
Each year the BMI Christian Awards praise songwriters and publishers of 25 songs airing non-stop for the past 365 days. In 2022, nineteen musicians received the award for the first time. Among these names, there were Jeremy Camp and Jeff Sojka honored twice. Both of them took one award for the song Out Of My Hands. The second victory came to Camp for the song Keep Me In The Moment and Sojka for Good God Almighty.
Musicians Casey Beathard, Jonatan Smith, and Zach Williams found another reason to celebrate. Their song There Was Jesus with Dolly Parton became the main “Song of The Year” award. Along with Jeremy Camp and Jeff Sojka, Beathard was also a newcomer to the IBM Christian Awards honorees.
Broadcast Music, Inc. has already prepared a list of the BMI Christian Awards 2022 winners on Spotify. From an old and beloved Amen by FOR KING & COUNTRY to the fresh Good God Almighty, we recommend checking out all the songs.
Looking back, a year ago
BMI Christian Awards is an annual ceremony held by Broadcast Music, Inc., a US performance rights organization. BMI works with music artists in fifteen genres, including Gospel and Christian. The last year’s ceremony was remarkable due to Sinach became the first African musician to receive the award. Sinach is a singer from Nigeria who won in the “Song of the Year” category with her piece Way Maker.
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