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.