It's been a few years since I attended the Dove Awards in Nashville. So great to be there this year!
This year's awards was held at Lipscomb University's arena. The staging was big. The lighting was great. And everyone was dressed up for a classy night out.
For the first time in 30 years, the Gospel Music Association did not award to Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist and Group of the Year. I'm not sure why. But who wins the awards isn't important to me - I really enjoy hearing the heart of the artist through their acceptance speech. Often you get a glimpse into what makes them tick.
So awesome to see the Newsboys, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith all perform at the same event! What I want to know is how the stage crew can move a full band set onto the stage for one song, nail the music mix, drag it off and change the set in just a few minutes. Amazing!
TobyMac opened the show with his 10-member Diverse City band. An exhilarating three minutes to launch the show! At 48, he's still got it! Lecrae won for Hip Hop/Rap Song of the Year "Tell The World" - click for his acceptance speech.
Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin were the show hosts. She took off her high heels so she could be on the same level as Kirk, who is really short, but even without the shoes she towered over him. Amy mentioned several times that she couldn't clearly read the teleprompter - which of course made the entire audience turn around to follow along!
The highlight for me was probably the comedienne - Chonda Pierce. The rehearsed material was good but she was brilliant at the ad libs. "I don't want a government that shuts down; I want a government that SHUTS UP!" lol - man that was funny!
Click here for the winning artists.