The Christian band Casting Crowns was named artist of the year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards Wednesday. It was a first-time win in that category for the group that is known for its members’ roles in youth ministries at Atlanta-area churhes.
Female Vocalist of the Year: Francesca Battistelli
Male Vocalist of the Year: Brandon Heath
Group of the Year: NEEDTOBREATHE
New Artist of the Year: Sidewalk Prophets
Songwriter of the Year: Jennie Lee Riddle
Song of the Year: “By Your Side,” performed by Tenth Avenue North
Producer of the Year: Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp