The award ceremony was held last night at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, and the winners were determined by fans via their online voting. West bested out fellow Christian musicians and labelmates TobyMac and Chris Tomin.
He attended the AMA awards
with his wife Emily. This was West's first AMA nomination and subsequent first win.
"What an honor to receive the AMA award this year," West exclaimed in a press statement. "The fact that this is a fan voted award makes it even more meaningful, and I'm grateful for all of the people who have made my songs part of their lives."
The acclaimed Christian singer-songwriter just wrapped his "Into The Light
" tour this fall and he will appear on "The Story Tour" throughout this December. Moreover, West is also set to join TobyMac's "Hits Deep Tour" in the spring of 2014.
To learn more about singer-songwriter Matthew West, check out his official website