Wednesday, April 23, 2008

tobyMac, Tomlin and Casting Crowns Big Winners At Doves

The biggest night in universal Christian music is over and the results are in on Wednesday's 39th Annual Dove Awards; which was shown live on the Gospel Music Channel.

tobyMac took home the Artist of the Year award, while Casting Crowns, one of the night's key nominee leaders, collected four trophies out of their six nominations - mostly accredited to group front man and songwriter Mark Hall. tobyMac also racked up awards in the Rock/Contemporary Album and Short-Form Video categories.

Earlier winners on Wednesday were Natalie Grant for female vocalist and Chris Tomlin for male vocalist - their third times winning in their respective categories.

Brandon Heath won new artist of the year - knocking out DeWayne Woods - the big winner at this year's Stellar Awards.

Israel & New Breed won an award for Contemporary Gospel Album for their last album; A Deeper Level.

The Clark Sisters, whom were three-time champions at this year's GRAMMYs, were snubbed out of their three nominations at the Dove Awards. Their live performance of "Blessed And Highly Favored" signaled their presence, but left many surprised as to why they went home empty-handed.

American Idol alumni Chris Sligh, Phil Stacey and Mandisa along with Amy Grant performed on a special tribute to renowned songwriter and CCM legend Michael W. Smith and remained one of the night's biggest highlights.

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