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The readers have spoken! Or, perhaps more accurately, the street teams have spoken!
In our first annual Readers' Choice Christian Music Awards survey, we received 1,088 responses—including a sizeable number from Skillet fans, affectionately known as "Panheads." As a result, Skillet was a runaway winner as Band of the Year, garnering more than three times the votes of Third Day, which finished a distant second.
Skillet's "Savior" was voted Song of the Year, another reflection of the Panheads' ardor. In the Album of the Year category, Skillet fans also heavily voted for the band's last two CDs, Alien Youth and Collide, but alas, neither was eligible. (Alien Youth is more than two years old, while Collide doesn't release until November 18, 2003, too late for our November 2 cutoff.)
Rebecca St. James and Michael W. Smith took the top spots as Best Female Artist and Best Male Artist. No big surprise there. But there was a surprise for the Best Male runner-up, as Jeremy Camp easily topped Steven Curtis Chapman for second place. (We presume Camp's street team got busy too!)
Finally, in the New Artist Category, Seattle rock band Jonah33 took the top spot, with Anberlin finishing a close second.
Meanwhile, congratulations to Danita Bailey of Richmond, Virginia, who won 15 free CDs of her choice, courtesy of Christianbook.com. Her name was drawn from all those who filled out the survey.
Thank You To Everyone Who Voted In The Survey!
Best Group or Band Skillet
2. Third Day
5. Relient K
7. Jars of Clay
9 (tie). Audio Adrenaline
9 (tie). Plus One
11 (tie). Pillar
11 (tie). Point of Grace
Best Male Artist Michael W. Smith
2. Jeremy Camp
3. Steven Curtis Chapman
4. Toby Mac
5. Bebo Norman
6. John Cooper (Skillet)
7. Mark Schultz
9. Chris Rice
10 (tie). Chris Tomlin
10 (tie). Derek Webb
12. Todd Agnew
Best Female Artist Rebecca St. James
2. Stacie Orrico
3. Nichole Nordeman
4. Jennifer Knapp
5. Jaci Velasquez
6. Amy Grant
7. Rachael Lampa
8. Nicole C. Mullen
9. Joy Williams
10. Sandi Patty
11. Ginny Owens
12 (tie). Natalie Grant
12 (tie). CeCe Winans
3. Casting Crowns
4. Sanctus Real
5. Todd Agnew
6. Across the Sky
7. Warren Barfield
8. FM Static
9. Kristy Starling
10 (tie). Seven Places
10 (tie). Derek Webb
12. Big Dismal
Album of the Year Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
2. Relient K, Two Lefts Don't Make a Right…but Three Do
3 (tie). Stacie Orrico, Stacie Orrico
3 (tie). Sandi Patty, Take Hold of Christ
5 (tie). MercyMe, Spoken For
5 (tie). Third Day, Offerings II: All I Have to Give
7 (tie). Newsboys, Adoration: The Worship Album
7 (tie). Pillar, Fireproof*
7 (tie). Derek Webb, She Must and Shall Go Free
10. Thousand Foot Krutch, Phenomenon
11. David Crowder Band, Illuminate
12. Paul Colman Trio, One
Song of the Year Skillet "Savior"
2. Switchfoot, "Meant to Live"
3. MercyMe, "I Can Only Imagine"
4. MercyMe, "Word of God Speak"
5. Jeremy Camp, "I Still Believe"
6. Sandi Patty, "Alleluia"
7 (tie). Newsboys, "He Reigns"
7 (tie). Stacie Orrico, "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life"
9. Paul Colman Trio, "Solution"
10 (tie). Kutless, "Run"
10 (tie). Nichole Nordeman, "Holy"
12 (tie). Casting Crowns, "If We Are the Body"
12 (tie). MercyMe, "Spoken For"
How did the results compare with the editors' picks? Read our list of The Best Christian Albums of 2003 to find out.