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22nd Annual Gospel Music Excellence Award Winners

The GMWA honored excellence in Gospel music at its National Convention, with the The 22nd Annual Gospel Music Excellence Awards, held at the opening day in Tampa Bay on Saturday August 9, 2003 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Official results are listed below.

 The awards are spread out over three categories: traditional, contemporary, and urban contemporary. The artists are placed in nomination by their respective record companies and then voted on by the Gospel Music Excellence Awards Academy, which includes on-air announcers, record company executives, media, Gospel retailers, GMWA chapter representatives, and GMWA Board Members. The top vote getters in each category become finalists, with the artist receiving the most votes designated the winner. The votes are tallied and certified by Hall Accounting Services, Indianapolis.

Multiple winners include Angela Spivey, Smokie Norful, Mary Mary, Karen Clark-Sheard and Donnie McClurkin.

Winners are highlighted in yellow text below.


Song of the Year - Traditional (artist, song, label)

  • Rance Allen Group; "Do Your Will "; Tyscot
  • Angela Spivey & The Voices; "I'm Determined"; Aleho
  • New Life / John P. Kee; "I Won't Let Go"; Verity
  • Norman Hutchins; "Nobody But You"; JDI

    Song of the Year - Contemporary (songwriter, song, label)

  • Smokie Norful; "I Need You Now"; EMI Gospel
  • Lonnie Hunter & The Voices of St. Mark; "Let's Dance"; Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel
  • Vickie Winans; "Shake Yourself Loose"; Verity
  • Byron Cage; "The Presence of the Lord"; Gospocentric

    Song of the Year - Urban Contemp. (songwriter, song, label)

  • Darwin Hobbs; "Beautiful To Me"; EMI Gospel
  • Karen Clark Sheard; "Be Sure"; Elektra
  • Trin-i-tee 5:7; "Holla"; Gospocentric
  • Mary Mary; "In The Morning"; Columbia

    Male Vocalist of the Year - Traditional

  • Doug Williams; When Mercy Found Me; Blackberry
  • Fred Hammond; Speak Those Things; Verity
  • Norman Hutchins; Nobody But You; JDI
  • Luther Barnes; Come Fly With Me; AIR

    Male Vocalist of the Year - Contemporary

  • Byron Cage; Byron Cage; Gospocentric
  • Donnie McClurkin; Again; Verity
  • Israel Houghton; Real; Integrity Gospel
  • Rodney Posey; A New Song of Worship; Crystal Rose

    Male Vocalist of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Darwin Hobbs; Broken; EMI Gospel
  • Deitrick Haddon; Lost and Found; Verity
  • Papa San; God & i; Gospocentric
  • Chris Lewis; Life; Light

    Female Vocalist of the Year - Traditional

  • Dorinda Clark-Cole; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Gospocentric
  • Dorothy Norwood; Live at Home; Malaco
  • Dottie Peoples; Churchin' With Dottie; AIR
  • Angela Spivey; Determined; Aleho

    Female Vocalist of the Year - Contemporary

  • Dorinda Clark-Cole; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Gospocentric
  • Lori'El; My Everything; Born Again
  • Maurette Brown-Clark; By His Grace; AIR
  • Vickie Winans; Bringing It All Together; Verity

    Female Vocalist of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Karen Clark Sheard; 2nd Chance; Elektra
  • Michelle Williams; Heart To Yours; Music World Gospel / Columbia

    Rap Artist of the Year

  • Papa San; God & i; Gospocentric
  • Righteous Riders; Internal Affairs; Tyscot

    Group of the Year - Traditional

  • The Rance Allen Group; All The Way; Tyscot
  • Evelyn Turrentine Agee/The Warriors; It's Already Done; AIR

    Group of the Year - Contemporary

  • Freda Battle & The Temple Worshippers; Serious Praise; Axiom
  • James Grear & Co.; What Will Your Life Say; Born Again
  • Rodney Posey & Praise; A New Song of Worship; Crystal Rose
  • Trin-i-tee 5:7; The Kiss; Gospocentric

    Group of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Mary Mary; Incredible; Columbia
  • Ramiyah; Spirit Rising; Music World Gospel / Columbia
  • Righteous Riders; Internal Affairs; Tyscot

    Quartet of the Year

  • Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson/Spiritual Voices ; Send a Revival; World Wide Gospel
  • Eternal Light; New Thang; Aleho
  • Evelyn Turrentine-Agee & The Warriors; It's Already Done; AIR
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama; Higher Ground; EMI Gospel

    New Artist of the Year - Traditional

  • Dorinda Clark-Cole; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Gospocentric
  • Eternal Light; New Thang; Aleho
  • Full Gospel Baptist Women's Choir; Daughters of the Promise; Tehillah

    New Artist of the Year - Contemporary

  • William Rimson & LPC; Present Help; Aleho
  • Smokie Norful; I Need You Now; EMI Gospel
  • Chris Lewis; Life; Light
  • Chris Jones & Word of Praise; Like a Rock; Tyscot

    Choir of the Year - Traditional

  • Georgia Mass Choir; I Owe You The Praise; Savoy
  • GMWA Women of Worship; When Praises Go Up; Aleho
  • John P. Kee & New Life Community Choir; Blessed By Association; Verity
  • Chicago Mass Choir; Live in Nashville; New Haven

    Choir of the Year - Contemporary

  • Bishop T D Jakes/Potters House Mass Choir; A Wing & A Prayer; EMI Gospel
  • Hezekiah Walker & L.F.C. ; Family Affair 2: Live At Radio City; Verity
  • Lonnie Hunter & The Voices of St. Mark; Next Level; Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel
  • William Rimson & LPC; Present Help; Aleho

    Producer of the Year - Traditional (producer, album title, label)

  • Donnie McClurkin / Kevin Bond; Again; Verity
  • Sanchez Harley; Determined; Aleho
  • Percy Gray Jr.; Keep On Making a Way; Verity
  • Milton Biggham; I Owe You The Praise; Savoy

    Producer of the Year - Contemporary (producer, album title, label)

  • Arbrio Dixon/Smokie Norful I Need You Now; EMI Gospel
  • Fred Hammond; Speak Those Things: Pages Of Life-Chap. 3; Verity
  • Lonnie Hunter / Daniel Weatherspoon; Next Level; Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel
  • PAJAM / Alex Ward; Dorinda Clark-Cole; GospoCentric

    Producer of the Year - Urban Contemporary (producer, album title, label)

  • Tommy Sims; Broken; EMI Gospel
  • Kirk Franklin / Papa San; God & i; GospoCentric
  • Vickie Winans/Marvin Winans Jr.; Bringing It All Together; Verity
  • Warryn Campbell; Incredible; Columbia

    Video Concert or Concept of the Year

  • Angela Spivey & The Voices; Determined; Aleho / G-NE
  • Mary Mary;In The Morning; Columbia / Integrity Gospel
  • Georgia Mass Choir; I Owe You The Praise; Savoy
  • Vickie Winans; Shake Yourself Loose; Verity

    Album of the Year - Traditional

  • Rance Allen Group; All The Way; Tyscot
  • Determined; Angela Spivey & The Voices; Aleho
  • Georgia Mass Choir; I Owe You The Praise ; Savoy
  • Rev. Clay Evans; Still In The Mix; Blackberry

    Album of the Year - Contemporary

  • Vickie Winans; Bringing It All Together; Verity
  • Byron Cage; Byron Cage; GospoCentric
  • Smokie Norful;I Need You Now; EMI Gospel
  • Lonnie Hunter & The Voices of St. Mark; Next Level; Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel

    Album of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Karen Clark Sheard; 2nd Chance; Elektra
  • Various; God's Leading Ladies; EMI Gospel
  • Deitrick Haddon; Lost and Found; Verity
  • Trin-i-tee 5:7; The Kiss; Gospocentric

    Artist of the Year

  • Angela Spivey; Determined; Aleho
  • Doug Williams;
  • When Mercy Found Me; Blackberry
  • Georgia Mass Choir; I Owe You The Praise; Savoy
  • Smokie Norful; I Need You Now; EMI Gospel



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