42nd GMA Dove Award Winners Announced
April 21, 2011 at 4:38 AM (PT)
The 42ND ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS were handed out last night (4/20) in ATLANTA at the FOX THEATRE. Multi-award winners included CHRIS AUGUST, FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI, JASON CRABB and POINT OF GRACE with three DOVE AWARDS each, making them the top winners of the night.
BATTISTELLI took home Female Vocalist of the Year for the second year in a row and was named Artist of the Year for the first time. BATTISTELLI is the first female to win Artist of the Year since AMY GRANT in 1992. She also won Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Beautiful, Beautiful."
“What an amazing night of music and honor. Tonight’s performances were all a testament to why we are all here. On behalf of membership of the GMA, we are proud to present this year’s DOVE winners and congratulate each of them and the nominees on their achievements. We would also like to thank the city of ATLANTA and the ACVB for all their efforts in making this year’s DOVE AWARDS an unprecedented success," said incoming GMA Chairman of the Board MITCHELL SOLAREK.
Winning in the overall categories were:
Artist of the Year: FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI
Group of the Year: NEEDTOBREATHE
Female Vocalist of the Year: FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI
Male Vocalist of the Year: CHRIS AUGUST
New Artist of the Year: CHRIS AUGUST
Songwriter of the Year: GERALD CRABB
Song of the Year: "Sometimes I Cry" by GERALD CRABB, published by CHRISTIAN TAYLOR MUSIC (BMI) and performed by JASON CRABB
Producer of the Year: IAN ESKELIN
The DOVE AWARDS will be televised nationwide on the GOSPEL MUSIC CHANNEL (GMC) this SUNDAY, APRIL 24th at 7p (ET).
A complete list of winners is at www.gospelmusic.org.