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“My prom was here four years ago at the Fox Theatre, and my mom brought me here,” said Grace, a Grammy nominee. “This is a dream come true.”

Kirk Franklin ended a five-year drought, claiming contemporary gospel album of the year for his album, “Hello Fear.” Franklin has had strong year so far as well, Franklin, recently collecting two Grammys and two NAACP Image Awards, hasn’t won a Dove Award since 2007.

Rapper Lecrae won three awards including rap/Hip Hop recorded album and song of the year. NEEDTOBREATHE won group of the year award for the second consecutive time.

Presenters included Montell Jordan, actress-singer Tamela Mann and wrestler A.J. Styles.

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