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 Her name was drawn from all those who filled out the survey.

Thank You To Everyone Who Voted In The Survey!

Best Group or BandSkillet

2. Third Day 3. Switchfoot 4. MercyMe 5. Relient K 6. Newsboys 7. Jars of Clay 8. Avalon 9 (tie). Audio Adrenaline 9 (tie). Plus One 11 (tie). Pillar 11 (tie). Point of Grace

Best Male ArtistMichael W. Smith

2. Jeremy Camp 3. Steven Curtis Chapman 4. Toby Mac 5. Bebo Norman 6. John Cooper (Skillet) 7. Mark Schultz 8. KJ-52 9. Chris Rice 10 (tie). Chris Tomlin 10 (tie). Derek Webb 12. Todd Agnew

Best Female ArtistRebecca 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

Best New Artist
Jonah 33

2. Anberlin
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

Nominees for Best New Artist had to release their deubt CD between 10/1/2002 and 11/2/2003.

Album of the YearSwitchfootThe 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

Nominees for Album of the Year had to be releases between 10/1/2002 and 11/2/2003. (* Pillar’s Fireproof orginally released before 10/1/02, but it was remixed and re-released in 2003 on a new label, making it eligible.)

Song of the YearSkillet

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”

Nominees for Song of the Year had to be releases between 10/1/2002 and 11/2/2003.

How did the results compare with the editors’ picks? Read our list of The Best Christian Albums of 2003 to find out.

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