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The 44th Annual Dove Awards to celebrate and reward the biggest artists in Christian music were held last night and the big winners were TobyMac, Matt Redman, and Jason Crabbe.
The show, hosted by Kirk Franklin and Amy Grant, will be broadcast on the Up network, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.
The big award of the night, Artist of the Year, was won by TobyMac. He also won, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Recorded Music Packaging of the Year, and Short Form Video of the Year. These were for his album, Eye on It.
"It feels weird to be called artist of the year when I know it takes a family and I always want to acknowledge that. I said in one of my songs a long time ago, I'm just a little man trying to fit in God's plan. I still feel like that," TobyMac in a press release.
Matt Redman won several awards for his 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) album. He won Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Praise & Worship Song of the Year, and won a contribution award, Special Event Album of the Year, for his role in Passion: Let the Future Begin.
Jason Crabbe won Southern Gospel Song of the Year for "What the Blood is For," Inspirational Song of the Year for "Satisfied," and Southern Gospel Performance of the Year.
Other big winners include for King & Country (New Artist of the Year), Lecrae for his album Gravity (Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year), Tasha Cobbs for song, "Break Every Chain" (Gospel Performance), and Chris Tomlin for Burning Lights (Praise & Worship Album).
Mandisa won the Uplift Someone award "for her music, message and humanitarian heart, all of which (individually and collectively) have inspired others," said Amy Grant at the show.
Notable performances of the night included: Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Tamela Mann, TobyMac, Colton Dixon, For King & Country, Britt Nicole, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo, among many others.
"What an amazing night of music and honor. Tonight's performances were all a testament to why we are all here. On behalf of membership of the GMA, we are proud to present this year's Dove winners and congratulate each of them and the nominees on their achievements. We would also like to thank the city of Nashville for welcoming us back home and to the wonderful host for the evening, Lipscomb University," said GMA Executive Director Jackie Patillo.
See the full list of winners here.