The 18th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) awards took place Thursday night October 18th, at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony. The big winner of the night, taking home two awards, one for 'Mainstream Inspirational Country Song 'and 'Mainstream Country Artist' was non other than Vince Gill. Some of the other winners included Christian artist Chuck Day taking home the "Entertainer of the Year' honors, Joyful Noise won for 'Faith, Family and Country Movie', The Roys were recognized for 'Inspirational Bluegrass Artist.' Here's a list of the other ICM award winners.

While it's not unusual for mainstream country artists to win at these 'Christian' music award show, it has been very noticable that more and more mainstream country artists are showing up at and winning at faith based awards show. I've often said "country music is somewhere between raising hell and amazing grace" and if that is the case, it's no wonder country greats like Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Charlie Daniels and others take home the coveted trophies.

In the most recent years, Lonestar, Josh Turner, Charlie Daniels, Wynonna Judd, Collin Raye, Ricky Skaggs, Andy Griggs, Lee Greenwood, Diamond Rio, Emerson Drive, Love & Theft, Jeff Bates and Tracy Lawrence are just some of the artists that performed at and won at the ICM's. Here's the line-up of last nights winners:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
Chuck Day

MALE VOCALIST: Chuck Hancock

FEMALE VOCALIST: Laura Dodd

VOCAL DUO: Branded

VOCAL GROUP: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

MAINSTREAM INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY SONG: “Threaten Me With Heaven” Vince Gill

MAINSTREAM COUNTRY ARTIST: Vince Gill

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY SONG: “Jesus Is Enough” Russ Murphy

SONGWRITER: Chuck Hancock

NEW ARTIST: Larissa

VIDEO: “Loves Gotta Go Somewhere” Steve Richard

MUSICIAN: Greg McDougal

COMEDIAN: Johnny Lee Cook

RADIO PERSONALITY: Rich Miller

RADIO STATION/NETWORK: WSM AM 650

INSPIRATIONAL BLUEGRASS ARTIST: The Roys

YOUTH IN MUSIC AWARD: Isaac Cole

MUSIC EVANGELIST OF THE YEAR: Tommy Brandt

FAITH, FAMILY, & COUNTRY MOVIE: Joyful Noise

TELEVISION NETWORK: Gospel Music Channel

Vince Gill sings 'Threaten Me With Heaven' winner at the 18th Annual ICM Awards