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McGraw Hit Song of the Year at ICMAs


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Tim McGraw's hit "Live Like You Were Dying" was named Song of the Year during the 11th Annual Inspirational County Music Awards Show. Written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, "Live Like You Were Dying" spent several weeks at No. 1 and won numerous awards.

McGraw lost his father, former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Tug McGraw, to cancer last year and has said the song holds special meaning for him. The lyrics tell of a man in his early 40s who learns he does not have long to live and is asked how he handled the news. McGraw sings, "Someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying."

The Inspirational Country Awards Show returned for its seventh year to the Ryman Auditorium, the mother church of country music, and this year was an historic one for the event. Co-hosts of the show were Linda Davis and the "700 Club's" Lisa Ryan.

In other awards, Dennis Agajanian was chosen Entertainer of the Year. Randy Gunn and Melanie Walker won Top Male and Female Vocalist honors, respectively. Vocal Group honors went to the Fox Brothers. Craig Morgan was named Mainstream Country Artist of the Year and Chunky Nelms Top New Artist.

Marty Raybon won the Pioneer Award and Clint Miller the Living Legend Award. Natalie Grant performed with Wynonna Judd, and several others sang during the show, including Diamond Rio, Andy Griggs, Jamie O'Neal, Josh Turner and Jeff Bates.

A star-studded list of performers included: Natalie Grant with Wynonna , Diamond Rio , Andy Griggs, Jamie O'Neal, Josh Turner, Linda Davis, Melanie Walker, GunnPoint Band, Jeff Bates, Clifton Jansky , Del Way, Twice Robin, Michael Manuel, All Star, Randy Gunn.

In addition to the list of performers, some notable presenters were: Porter Wagner, John Berry, Bryan White, Blue County, Marty Raybon, and Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society.

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2005 Inspirational Country Music Award Winners

Wynonna and Natalie Grant

Entertainer of the Year
Dennis Agajanian

Song of the Year
Live Like You Were Dying
Tim McGraw

Living Legend Award
Clint Miller

Pioneer Award
Marty Raybon

Songwriter of the Year
Clifton Jansky

Male Vocalist of the Year
Randy Gunn

Female Vocalist of the Year
Melanie Walker

Mainstream Country Artist of the Year
Craig Morgan

Video of the Year
That's What I Love About Sunday
Craig Morgan

New Artist of the Year
Chunky Nelms

Vocal Duo of the Year

Musician of the Year
Rory Hoffman

Vocal Group of the Year
Fox Brothers

Faith, Family, & Country Movie of the Year
"Passion Of Christ"

Comedy Act of the Year
Dennis Swanburg

Trio of the Year
Last Light Band

Radio Personality of the Year
Rich Miller

Radio Station of the Year
Dothan, AL

Youth In Music Award
Corey Brooks

Music Evangelist of the Year
Lawrence Bishop

Television Network
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