BMI recognized Christian music’s songwriters and music publishers behind the most performed songs from the past year during their annual Christian Music Awards.

Kirk Franklin won for Christian Song of the Year for the mega hit song, “I Smile,” which was published by Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing LLC and Bridge Building Music.

There was an unusual five-way tie for Christian Songwriter of the Year between tobyMac, Mark HallMatt MaherKyla Rowland and  Chris Stevens.

Full List of 2012 BMI Christian Awards Winners (From BMI’s website)

Songwriters of the Year MARK HALL “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” “If We’ve Ever Needed You”

MATT MAHER “Hold Us Together” “I Lift My Hands”

TOBYMAC “Hold Me” “Hold On”

KYLA ROWLAND “Did I Mention” “This Old Sinner Testifies”

CHRIS STEVENS “Hold Me” “Stronger” Song of the Year “I SMILE” Kirk Franklin Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing LLC Bridge Building Music Kirk Franklin

Publisher of the Year EMI CMG PUBLISHING “Better Than A Hallelujah” “He Wants It All” “Hold Us Together” “I Lift My Hands”

Award-winning Songs

BETTER THAN A HALLELUJAH Sarah Hart Chapin Hartford Chapin Hartford Music Michael Puryear Music River Oaks Music Company Publishing Amy Grant

BORN AGAIN Wesley Campbell Michael Tait Don’t Chase Music Tait Music Te Puke Publishing Newsboys

DID I MENTION Kyla Rowland Christian Taylor Music The Perrys

GLORIOUS DAY (LIVING HE LOVED ME) Mark Hall My Refuge Music Sony/ATV Tree Casting Crowns

HE WANTS IT ALL Dominique Jones Four Jones Publishing Meaux Mercy Publishing forever JONES

HOLD ME Toby McKeehan Chris Stevens Achtober Songs Regisfunk Music Jamie-Grace featuring tobyMac

HOLD ON Jesse Frasure Toby McKeehan Achtober Songs Rio Bravo Music, Inc. tobyMac

HOLD US TOGETHER Matt Maher Steve Wilson Meaux Mercy Publishing Skyline Apartments Music Publishing Worship Together Music Matt Maher

I BELIEVE Ay’Ron Lewis Black Smoke Publishing Straightchurch Publishing James Fortune and FIYA feat. Zacardi Cortez & Shawn McLemore

I CHOOSE TO WORSHIP Jonathan Brown Wess Morgan Wess Morgan Music Wess Morgan

I LIFT MY HANDS Matt Maher Chris Tomlin Valley of Songs Music Worship Together Music Chris Tomlin

I SMILE Kirk Franklin Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing LLC Bridge Building Music Kirk Franklin

IF WE’VE EVER NEEDED YOU Mark Hall Bernie Herms My Refuge Music Sony/ATV Tree Casting Crowns

I’VE NEVER KNOWN A DAY Van Mitchell, Jr. True Testament Music The Inspirations

LIFT ME UP Jordan Mohilowski Miracle In My Hand Music Publishing The Afters

LISTEN TO THE SOUND Jason Roy Havery Publishing Sony/ATV Tree Building 429

MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD Jon Abel Barry Weeks 45 Degrees Music Bridge Building Music The Museum

RAIN ON US Daniel Moore, II Daniel Moore, Sr. Dem Two Music S4DT Publishing Earnest Pugh

SOMEBODY DIED FOR ME Kyle Matthews Christy Sutherland Catalytic Songs Mattmoosic Triumphant Quartet

STARRY NIGHT Ed Cash Alletrop Music Chris August

STRONGER Chris Stevens Regisfunk Music Mandisa

THIS OLD SINNER TESTIFIES Kyla Rowland Christian Taylor Music Lonesome Bend Publishing The Perrys

YOU LOVE ME ANYWAY Dave Frey Ben McDonald Dayspring Music Sidewalk Prophets

YOU WERE FAITHFUL YESTERDAY Rodney Griffin Songs of Greater Vision Greater Vision

YOUR GREAT NAME Michael Neale Integrity’s Praise! Music Natalie Grant

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