GVB, Isaacs, Crabb, Easters take home Doves [live blog]

The Dove Awards are tonight. While they won’t be aired on TV till Sunday, a number of people are posting tweets and live-blogs around the Internet. Some pertinent awards:

  • Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Gaither Vocal Band, Reunited
  • Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: Jeff & Sheri Easter, “Born to Climb”
  • Bluegrass Album of the Year: Isaacs, Naturally
  • Bluegrass Song of the Year: Little Roy Lewis & Lizzie Long, “When We Fly”
  • Country Song of the Year: Jason Crabb, “Somebody Like Me”
  • Southern Gospel Radio Station of the Year: Joy-FM, out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Way to go, Daniel Britt!
  • Instrumental Album of the Year: Stan Whitmire, Joy Comes in the Morning

Oh, and it seems there is actually ground for the claim that CCM is more exciting than Southern Gospel—at least during awards shows: Two of the Dove Awards handed out have fallen apart during the acceptance speeches. We haven’t seen anything quite that exciting at the Fan Awards . . . but it’s probably just as well!

Toward the end of the show, four Southern Gospel groups did a Southern Gospel medley: “Give the World a Smile” (Blackwood Brothers), “If You Knew Him” (Perrys), “Feelin’ Mighty Fine” (Booth Brothers), “Through The Fire” (Crabb Family). Via Chris Unthank, they sang a verse and chorus each.

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