Casting Crowns named artist of of year at 41st Dove Awards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Relative newcomers picked up top honors at the 41st annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards April 21 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

"On behalf of the membership of the Gospel Music Association, we are fortunate to have such immense creative talent sharing the Gospel through music," Ed Leonard, chairman of the GMA board, said.

Casting Crowns, an established group of youth leaders from Atlanta, won their first Artist of the Year award after multiple nominations and four consecutive wins as Group of the Year.

The group continues to be one of the nation's top-selling artists across all genres, with its recent album "Until the Whole World Hears" debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, GMA noted.

Another highlight of the evening was when Michael W. Smith assembled nearly 30 artists on stage to sing "Come Together Now," a song he wrote as a tribute to Haiti relief. The song was introduced by Franklin Graham.

Also, former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performed, as did legends BeBe and CeCe Winans, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, MercyMe, tobyMac and others.

The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville described gospel music as "a segment of the music landscape clearly in transition." Brandon Heath, who won his second consecutive male vocalist award, identified what he called "a changing of the guard," alluding to new artists taking on more prominent roles.

"We have this unique opportunity to lead in unconventional ways," Heath said.

NEEDTOBREATHE won the most awards. The crossover group received honors for Group of the Year, rock/contemporary song for "Lay 'Em Down" and rock/contemporary album for "The Ousiders."

Newcomer Francesca Battistelli won her first female vocalist award, and Sidewalk Prophets won New Artist of the Year after nearly 100,000 fans voted via text or Web for that category, along with Artist of the Year.

Jennie Lee Riddell won the Songwriter of the Year honor. She wrote "Revelation Song," which was recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean as well as Kari Jobe and won worship song of the year.

Song of the Year was "By Your Side" by Mike Donehey, Phillip LaRue and Jason Ingram and performed by Tenth Avenue North. Producer of the Year went to Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp.

The Dove Awards' opening ceremonies featured the presentation of 37 of the evening's 43 awards at the Opry complex's Acuff Theater before the show moved to the Opry House for the televised portion.

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2010 Dove Award winners
The 41st annual Dove Awards were announced April 21 at the Grand Ole Opry. Casting Crowns was named Artist of the Year and Sidewalk Prophets received the New Artist of he Year award.


ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Casting Crowns

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Sidewalk Prophets

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jennie Lee Riddle

SONG OF THE YEAR (song title; writer; publisher - award goes to the writer and publisher)
"By Your Side"; Tenth Avenue North; Mike Donehey, Phillip Larue, Jason Ingram; Sony ATV/Timber Publishing, West Main Music, Formerly Music, (SESAC), (admin by Song/ATV Music Publishing), Peertunes, Ltd., GrangeHill Music, Windsor Way Music, (SESAC), (admin by Peertunes, Ltd.), Songs of Razor and Tie, Maxx Music Publishing, (ASCAP), (admin. By Songs of Razor and Tie)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Brandon Heath

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Francesca Battistelli

GROUP OF THE YEAR
NEEDTOBREATHE

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp


Dove Awards in Recorded Song Categories are given to the Artist and Songwriter, if other than the artist.
Song: album; artist; writer; label

RAP/HIP HOP RECORDED SONG
""Movin"; Ordinary Dreamers; Group 1 Crew; Group 1 Crew, Jeremy James, Byron Chambers, Christopher Stevens; Fervent Records

ROCK RECORDED SONG
"Mess Of Me"; Hello Hurricane; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman, Tim Foreman; Credential Recordings

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG
"Lay 'Em Down"; The Outsiders; NEEDTOBREATHE; Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart; Atlantic Records

POP/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG
"City On Our Knees"; Tonight; tobyMac; Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore, Cary Barlowe; Forefront Records

INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG
"The Only Hope"; Bebo Norman; Bebo Norman; Bebo Norman, Jason Ingram; BEC Recordings

SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG
"Born To Climb"; Expecting Good Things; Jeff & Sheri Easter; Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; She Loves Music

BLUEGRASS RECORDED SONG
"When We Fly"; Breaking Like Dawn; Little Roy Lewis & Lizzy Long; Joel Lindsay, Wayne Haun, Ty Herndon

COUNTRY RECORDED SONG
"Somebody Like Me"; Jason Crabb; Jason Crabb; Neil Thrasher, Michael Boggs; Spring Hill Music Group

URBAN RECORDED SONG (tie)
"Close To You"; Still; BeBe & CeCe Winans; BeBe Winans; B & C Records, Malaco and "Just Wanna Say"; The Power of One; Israel Houghton; Aaron Lindsey, Israel Houghton, Tommy Sims; Integrity

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL RECORDED SONG
"Justified"; Smokie Norful Live; Smokie Norful; Smokie Norful; EMI Gospel, TreMyles Music

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL RECORDED SONG
"The Power of One"; The Power of One; Israel Houghton; Israel Houghton, Ricardo Sanchez; Intergrity Music

WORSHIP SONG (award given to writer and publisher)
"Revelation Song"; Jennie Lee Riddle, Gateway Create Publishing, Integrity's Praise Music


Dove Awards in Album Categories are given to the Artist and Producer, if other than the artist.
Album; artist; producer; label

RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM (album; artist; producer; label)      
Five Two Television; KJ-52; KJ-52; BEC Recordings

ROCK ALBUM      
Innocence and Instinct; Red; Rob Graves; Essential

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
The Outsiders; NEEDTOBREATHE; Rick Beato, NEEDTOBREATHE, Jim Scott, John Alagia; Atlantic Records

POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM      
The Long Fall Back To Earth; Jars of Clay, Ron Aniello, Essential Records, Gray Matters


INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM      
Fearless; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Bernie Herms; INO Records

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM
Gaither Vocal Band Reunited; Gaither Vocal Band; Bill Gaither, David Phelps; Gaither Music Group

BLUEGRASS ALBUM      
The Isaacs…Naturally; The Isaacs; Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs; Gaither Music Group

COUNTRY ALBUM      
The Reason; Diamond Rio; Michael D. Clute, Jimmy Olander; Word Records

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM      
Shout! Live; Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue; Mike Farris, Joe McMahan; INO Records

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM
Love Unstoppable; Fred Hammond; Fred Hammond; Verity

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM      
Joy Comes In The Morning; Stan Whitmire; Stan Whitmire; Spring Hill Music Group

CHILDREN'S MUSIC ALBUM
Veggie Tales: Here I Am To Worship; Featuring Natalie Grant & Aaron Shust; Steven V. Taylor; Big Idea

SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM      
Le Canto; Kari Jobe; Ed Cash; Integrity Music Latin

SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM
Glory Revealed II: The Word of God In Worship; Mac Powell, Shane Everett, Jonathan Shelton, Brian Littrell, Trevor Morgan, Mark Hall, Jason Crabb, Bear Rinehart, Matt Maher, Amy Grant, Ed Cash, Geoff Moore, Natalie Grant, Laura Story, Brandon Heath, Mike Donehey, Aaron Shust, Shawn Lewis, Sara Evans, Bethany Dicks Olds, Shane & Shane, Bethany Dillon, Kari Jobe; Mac Powell, David Nasser; Reunion

CHRISTMAS ALBUM      
Christ Has Come; Big Daddy Weave; Jeremy Redmond; Fervent Records

PRAISE & WORSHIP ALBUM
Church Music; David Crowder*Band; David Crowder*Band; Sparrow Records/sixsteps Records

Dove Awards in Musical Categories are given to the creator
title; creator; publisher

MUSICAL
A Baby Changes Everything; Deborah Craig-Claar, David T. Clydesdale; Word Music

YOUTH/CHILDREN'S MUSICAL      
Christmas Hang-ups; Dennis and Nan Allen; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing

CHORAL COLLECTION      
Travis Cottrell-Jesus Saves Live; Travis Cottrell; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING (product; art director; graphic artist; illustrator/photographer; label)
Long Fall Back To Earth (Limited Edition); Jars of Clay; Tim Parker, Jars of Clay; Tim Parker; Kharyn Hill; Gray Matters, Essential

SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO (title; artist; director; producer; production company; label)
"Free To Be Me"; Francesca Battistelli; Andy & John Erwin; Dan Atchison; Alabama Production Group; Fervent Records

LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO (title; artist; director; producer; production company; label)
A Gospel Journey; Oak Ridge Boys; Doug Stuckey; Bill Gaither, Barry Jennings, Bill Carter; Gaither Television Productions; Gaither Music Group

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