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Fan Voting Begins Today for GMC Video Awards '09

Viewers to Select Best Gospel/Christian Music Videos in Rock, Pop, Country, Soul, Hip Hop, Contemporary and New Praise & Worship Categories;

Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Billy Ray Cyrus, Israel Houghton, Jeremy Camp, Mary Mary, tobyMac, Smokie Norful, Skillet and Bishop Paul S. Morton Among Artists Up for Nomination

Contact: Jim Weiss, Gospel Music Channel, 770-692-4579, jim@gospelmusicchannel.com  
ATLANTA, Sept. 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will once again honor the most popular music videos of the year across all genres of Gospel/Christian music in its annual Gospel Music Channel Video Awards (GMCVAs).

The first phase/ nominee selection for the 2009 GMCVAs begins today and continues through Thursday, October 8. Viewers can go to GMC's web site www.gospelmusicchannel.com/gmcva and select their top six videos per category from a list of eligible videos. The six videos which receive the most votes in each category will then become the 2009 GMCVA nominees. Nominated videos will be seen on GMC's new weekday morning series Joyful Noise Café (M-F, 8am-12noon ET) and other GMC video programming blocks (Soulful Voices, Rock Block, Hype & Glory, One Voice Worship) beginning Monday, October 19.

GMCVA phase two voting, where viewers choose the winning videos in each of seven genre categories, will begin Monday, October 19 and will continue through Friday, November 13.

Among the GMCVA artist videos eligible for nomination are: Jars of Clay, Francesca Battistelli, Jeremy Camp, The Fray, Mandisa, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tracy Lawrence, Lecrae, Grits (featuring Pigeon John), Trin-i-tee 5:7, The Afters, Mary Mary, tobyMac, Group 1 Crew, David Crowder Band, Bishop Paul Morton, John Tesh, Skillet, Damita, Ann Nesby, Smokie Norful and Marvin Winans, Jr.

The Gospel Music Channel Video Awards give GMC viewers the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite videos in seven categories: Rock, Pop, Country, Soul, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Praise & Worship (a new category in 2009). The winning videos in each of the seven categories become eligible to win "GMC Video of the Year," which will be selected by a GMC Blue Ribbon Committee. The 2009 GMCVA winners will be announced in a one-hour television special to premiere on GMC on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

Gospel Music Channel (www.gospelmusicchannel.com) is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 45 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.