NQC 2007: Thursday: Singing News Fan Awards
The Fan Awards started out with the Sevier Heights choir singing “I’ve Got a Song to Sing,” with guest appearances by Karen Peck, Mark Bishop, and Lauren Talley.
A list of awards is here, so there is no need to re-type it. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] Artists performed their top 10 songs as usual; Legacy Five, the Mark Trammell Trio, and the Inspirations got the strongest audience reactions.
A few highlights:
Nick Trammell definitely had the applause / laugh line of the night. He said: “I’d like to thank Tracy and Libbi for giving the opportunity that my own father wouldn’t give me.” The Perrys hired him as a baritone; Mark Trammell has hired non-family members for his own group, the Mark Trammell Trio.
Beyond any doubt, the big moment of the show was when Roger Bennett’s name was called as Favorite Musician of the Year. Debbie Bennett’s remarks sounded as though she’d put some thought into them, but that is as likely because of the general expectation–at least by the time NQC rolled around–that Roger would win as anything else.
Also, my informal polling of random attendees after the show confirmed that the big surprise of the night was the Booth Brothers’ win as group of the year. Not too many people saw that one coming; in hindsight, it is more understandable, given that some people simply prefer the trio format to the quartet format, and they only had one group to pick this year. The Booths are still enjoying the success from “He Saw it All,” but to maintain their position as the reigning group of the year will have to produce more songs of like caliber.