Southern Gospel winners at 2011 Dove Awards
The Dove Awards were announced last night in Atlanta. [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.] Southern Gospel-related winners include:
- Song of the Year: “Sometimes I Cry,” Jason Crabb, written by Gerald Crabb
- Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: “Better Day,” Greatly Blessed, Gaither Vocal Band
- Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year: “Mountaintop,” Straight From the Heart of Dixie, Little Roy and Lizzie Long
- Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Greatly Blessed, Gaither Vocal Band
- Bluegrass Album of the Year: Singing From the Heart, Dailey & Vincent
Most notable, of course, is the fact that a Southern Gospel artist’s song won the overall Song of the Year award. Michael English’s “In Christ Alone” won in 1994, and Sandi Patti’s “We Shall Behold Him,” penned by Dottie Rambo, won in 1982; however, though both had Southern Gospel connections, both songs achieved their radio airplay and notoriety on Contemporary Christian music stations and charts. Therefore, last night’s Song of the Year was the first going to a song recorded by an artist primarily known as a Southern Gospel artist since the Couriers’ “Statue of Liberty” won in 1976 (and, h/t Wes, the Blackwood Brothers’ “Learning to Lean” won in 1977).