Friday, April 24, 2009

Dove Awards!

Finally, I am back ya'll! We had an amazingful time, and I hope I conveyed it through my short posts. Shame, shame, shame on Prism... I am so sorry. It's hard to think there! The heat did something to my brain!!!

So I'm back, and before I start you on a little "trip" with me to the other side of the world, in India, I am going to talk about something that took place yesterday...

No, not William Shakespeare's birthday, even though it was... By the way, happy belated birthday, Will...

Did anyone else know about his birthday???

Sorry, getting off subject... As you can tell from my title of this post, yesterday was the Dove Awards. Don't know what that is?

It's a night to recognize Christian artists and their accomplishments, but I like to think of it as a gathering of God's talented mortal musicians on one night to glorify and honor him...

Here are the results:

Artist of the Year: Steven Curtis Chapman

New Artist of the Year: Tenth Avenue North

Song of the Year: "Give Me Your Eyes" Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram

Male Vocalist of the Year: Brandon Heath

Female Vocalist of the Year: Natalie Grant

Group of the Year: Casting Crowns

Song of the Year: "Give Me Your Eyes" Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram

New Artist of the Year: Tenth Avenue North

Producer of the Year: Bernie Herms

Rock Recorded Song of the Year: "Lost" by Red

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: "Washed By The Water" by NeedToBreathe

Urban Recorded Song of the Year: "Get Up" by MaryMary

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year: "Do Yo Thang" by KJ-52

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: "Give Me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath

Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year: "A New Hallelujah" by Michael W. Smith

Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: "Reason Enough" by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year: "They're Holding Up The Ladder" by Jeff & Sheri Easter

Country Recorded Song of the Year: "I Wish" by Point of Grace

Rap / Hip Hop Album of the Year: Ordinary Dreamers, Group 1 Crew

Rock Album of the Year: Satisfied, DecembeRadio

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: Never Going Back to Okay, The Afters

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: Revelation, Third Day

Inspirational Album of the Year: Great God Who Saves, Laura Story

Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Lovin' Life, Gaither Vocal Band

Bluegrass Album of the Year: We Are Family, Jeff & Sheri Easter

Country Album of the Year: Around the Bend, Randy Travis

Urban Album of the Year: The Fight of My Life, Kirk Franklin

Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: Down in New Orleans, The Blind Boys of Alabama

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year: Change the World, Martha Munizzi

Instrumental Album of the Year: Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Various

Children's Music Album of the Year: Absolute Modern Worship for Kids 4, Various

Spanish Language Album of the Year: Aline Barros, Refrescate!

Special Event Album of the Year: Passion: God of This City, Various

Christmas Album of the Year: Peace on Earth by Casting Crowns

Praise & Worship Album of the Year: Hello Love by Chris Tomlin

Musical of the Year: God Bless the USA by Sue C. Smith, Brentwood/Benson

Youth/Children's Musical of the Year: An Island Christmas by Wayne Haun, Shelby Haun, Joel Lindsey, Lillenas Publishing

Choral Collection of the Year: I'll Say Yes by Carol Cymbala, Brooklyn Tabernacle Music

Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Revelation (Third Day) by Tim Parker, Becka Blackburn, David McLister, R.W. Sims, Essential Records

Short Form Music Video of the Year: Slow Fade, Casting Crowns, Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures

Long Form Music Video of the Year: "Alive & Transported," tobyMac, Eric Welch, Tameron Hedge

Link to source

Of course, I have a few comments on how everything went and all, and in case you missed it, they are replaying the award ceremony on Gospel music channel both today and tomorrow.

First of all, I'd like to congratulate Steven Curtis Chapman on his accomplishment as artist of the year. His latest CD and versions of the CD, This Moment, are precious to me. I love all of the songs on there a lot. Especially "Beautiful Scars". To those who do not know, Mr. Chapman's gorgeous daughter, Maria, was killed in an accident with a car. They were an amazing testimony through all of it. I just about cried when his wife came up with him to accept the Dove award, but I didn't because my sister was watching me. (Not Lil' Sis)

We would've had a conversation like this:

Her: "Dude..."
Me: "What?" *snif* *dabs tissue*
Her: You're...crying...*stares at Prism like she's an alien*
Me: Well, duh! *blows nose*
Her: But you never cry...Only if someone's, like, hurting you!

So yeah...

I just wanna say that the award is definitely NOT a pity award or anything like that. He is an amazing person with an amazing God who sustained him and his family during that time. His family and he have been amazing and are an inspiration to me and I'm sure to many others. His songs and his voice are an amazing gift, and he's sure to stay a favorite artist of mine for a long time. Congratulations again, and may God bless you!

There were a lot of amazing artists that I saw yesterday, including three of my favorites, tobyMac, Mandisa, and Third Day.

Did any of ya'll who saw the Dove awards notice that when Mandisa was singing towards the end, the camera shot a lady talking and she said, "She's lost a lot of weight!"...
I don't know if it's embarrasing to say that or anything, but it's true, and Mandisa looked so good yesterday! She was, is, and will be beautiful inside and out! She recently released a CD entitled "Freedom", and I ♥ the songs on there!!!

Anyone heard of Tenth Avenue North before??? They sang last night, and won the award for new artist of the year. I love their song "By Your Side"! It sounded different yesterday, and I started wondering if they were really nervous or something, but the meaning of the song and its lyrics just touch my heart every time.

The ending was good but I have to admit I liked last years ending better. Mac Powell (Third Day) Came out with the Seven Blind Boys from Alabama and sang some songs, and then a lot of people came out... It wasn't my type of music, but that's cool. Everyone likes different stuff..

One thing that disappointed me a lot was the ladies there. A lot of them wore clothing that showed off their shoulders, dipped low, or were a teensy bit too tight. That was really sad. What about standing out from the rest, being a beacon pointing the lost to Jesus, and only pleasing Him??? I thank God that they were more modest than most award shows, but I feel as if the standard has dipped down. Pun not intended... Please pray for the ladies out there in the music business that they won't compromise.

Have any opinions on anything that happened last night??? Feel free to comment!!!

God Bless and it's Great to Be Back,


Sarah said...

Cool post! I didn't watch the Dove awards.. I never even heard of them!

OMG I LOOOOOOOVE the song "Give Me Your Eyes"!! It ROCKS

I also like the band Tenth Avenue North. I've only heard like three of their songs though..

Can't wait to hear about ur trip!!

SarahO'G said...

YEAH! Tenth Avenue North! YEAH! I had a similar crying thing last weekend. At the retreat at my church (which will be soon posted about), on the last night, a bunch of 8th graders were all crying because it was our last night of the last retreat. One boy (Nathan...) was like "Your crying!" and I was ll "Yeah...." and he was all "I've never seen you cry!". It was funny!

J.R. Parker said...

Ha ha. I'll admit it. When I watched an interview with Steven Curtis Chapman family and then listened to "Cinderella" I cried for the first time in a long time (but no one else was around);)

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