Much like the recent GRAMMY Awards belonged to one woman (Norah Jones), so did last night's 34th Annual Dove Awards where introspective singer/songwriter and expectant mother Nichole Nordeman walked away with seven Dove Awards ("Female Vocalist of the Year", "Songwriter of the Year", etc.). 

Other standouts included Michael W. Smith who finally won a Dove Award for "Male Vocalist" as he claimed his 40th statuette in his 20 years of being in Christian music.  "Here's just another thing I can't take with me, and I have to lay at the foot of the cross," said the winner backstage as he commented on his victory. 

Newcomer sibling trio Souljahz walked away with two Dove Awards - one for "Rap/Hip Hop Dance Recorded Song" for "All Around the World" and another in a tie for "Urban Album of the Year" for "Fault Is History" (Out of Eden's "This Is Your Life" also won).

Gospel greats Amy Grant, Pat Boone, and The Blind Boys of Alabama were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and a special all-artist performance of Michael W. Smith's "Friends" featured Smith on keys with guest vocals by Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Anointed, Tait, Point of Grace, CeCe Winans, Avalon and Mac Powell.

Following is a complete list of winners from this year's 34th Annual Dove Awards...



Song of the Year
"Holy"
Nichole Nordeman, Mark Hammond; Ariose Music, Mark Hammond Music (ASCAP)


Songwriter of the Year
Nichole Nordeman


Male Vocalist of the Year
Michael W. Smith


Female Vocalist of the Year
Nichole Nordeman


Group of the Year
Third Day


Artist of the Year
Michael W. Smith


New Artist of the Year
Paul Colman Trio


Producer of the Year
Brown Bannister


Rap/Hip Hop/Dance Recorded Song
"All Around the World"
"Fault Is History"; Souljahz; Joshua Washington, Je'kob Washington, Rachael Washington, Chris Rodriguez; Warner Brothers


Modern Rock/Alternative Recorded Song
"Breathe Your Name"
"Divine Discontent"; Sixpence None the Richer; Matt Slocum; Reprise


Hard Music Recorded Song
"Boom"; "Satellite"; P.O.D.' P.O.D.; Atlantic "Electric"; Out of my Mind; GS Megaphone; Ben Shreve; Spindust


Rock Recorded Song
"40 Days"
Third Day
"Come Together"; Third Day; Mac Powell, Brad Avery, David Carr, Mark Lee, Tai Anderson; Essential


Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song
"Holy"
"Woven & Spun"; Nichole Nordeman; Nichole Nordeman, Mark Hammond; Sparrow


Inspirational Recorded Song
"Here I Am to Worship"
Tim Hughes; Tim Hughes; Worship Together


Southern Gospel Recorded Song
"Don't You Wanna Go?"
"A Crabb Collection"; The Crabb Family; Gerald Crabb; Family


Bluegrass Recorded Song
"Walkin' and Talkin'"
"50th Anniversary"; The Lewis Family; Wayne Haun; Joel Lindsey; Thoroughbred


Country Recorded Song
"The River's Gonna Keep on Rolling"
"Legacy...Hymns & Faith"; Amy Grant; Vince Gill; Word


Urban Recorded Song
"Meditate"
"This Is Your Life"; Out of Eden; Lisa Kimmey, Michael Clemons, Nate Clemons, Eric Roberson; Gotee