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ATLANTA (AP) - Christian singer Jason Crabb might not have won all of the awards he was nominated under, but he certainly came away with the two most prominent categories for a male artist.
Crabb went home with artist and male vocalist of the year awards Thursday night. The 43rd Dove Awards show for Christian and gospel music will air on April 24 for GMC, formerly the Gospel Music Channel. The awards show was held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta for the second straight year.
“It just blows my mind,” said Crabb, who entered the awards with eight nominations. “It hasn’t sunk in just yet. I’m proud to be in the family of God, and proud to be his kid. I can’t believe it. I want to challenge other people and other kids this: Go after your dreams, pursue them. God is behind you.”
Crabb said after winning the awards, the pressure is on to produce more quality songs.
“I have to get my `A’ game on now,” he said with laughter. “It makes me want to strive to do better, to live as good as I can and be an example. I’m just going to do the best that I possibly can.”
After winning her first Grammy in February, Laura Story continued her stellar year with five awards. The singer’s Grammy-winning song, “Blessings,” won her song of the year at the Doves.
A pregnant Story said overcoming the tough times motivated her to write many of her songs including, “Blessings.”
“I would rather have written a story about winning the lottery, than write about that,” Story said. There are hard times in our lives, but that’s when we see God show up.”
R&B soul singer Angie Stone along with gospel singers Yolanda Adams, Crystal Lewis and Karen Peck opened up the show with a choir dressed of red, singing a spirited rendition of Dottie Rambo’s song “I Go To the Rock.” The foursome’s performance was a tribute to Whitney Houston, who died Feb. 11. Houston also sang the song in the 1996 movie, “The Preacher’s Wife.”
Stone, who learned about the tribute a day ago, said it was an emotional experience.
After the singers’ touching performance, some humor shortly followed when co-hosts actor David Mann of Tyler Perry’s sitcom “Meet the Browns” and Christian comedian Chonda Pierce took the stage. Pierce asked if Mann could introduce her at some point, and the actor sarcastically said, “I’ll see what I can do,” while looking away as audience members broke into laughter.
Jamie Grace won new artist of the year. The 20-year-singer, who has battled with Tourette’s syndrome for nearly half of her life, shed tears while accepting her award and thanked her family along with TobyMac, who signed Grace to his label, Gotee Records, after he discovered her through YouTube.
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