CBN News reports that Christian singers Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobb Leonard hosted the show, which took place at the David Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Popular Christian band MercyMe was one of the evening’s top winners. The band won the award for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for their newest album “Lifer.” The band’s frontman Bart Millard also won the award for Songwriter of the Year.
“I can’t say enough that Christian music saved my life. It means the world to us,” Millard said in his award acceptance speech.
Other artists who received recognition for their work included CeCe Winans who won multiple awards, including Gospel Artist of the Year and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year.
“Jesus is still the answer for every problem,” Winans told the audience in her acceptance speech.
Country music star Reba McEntire, who has been outspoken about her faith, also received an award for her new album.
“It’s not mine. It’s God’s,” McEntire said. “We’ll give him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle, and think of him every time I look at it.”