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by Wendy Lee Nentwig

April 21, 2011

Dove Awards Wrap-Up: The Big Winners, And The Big Moments

by Wendy Lee Nentwig  |  April 21, 2011

Spoiler alert! The Dove Awards won't be televised until Sunday night, April 24, but the cute little dove-shaped statues were handed out in Atlanta on Wednesday. If you're like us, you think waiting is for suckers, so tune in to Rhapsody right now as we reveal the big winners and the show's top moments.

The 42nd-Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards were held at the historic Fox Theater, with Francesca Battestelli, Chris August and Jason Crabb racking up the big wins.

Battestelli grabbed the biggest one, Artist of the Year, for the first time, along with Female Vocalist of the Year for the second year in a row. She also earned Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Beautiful, Beautiful."

"What is wrong with you people?" the shocked singer asked, laughing, as she accepted the Artist of the Year trophy. "This is ridiculous. I don't know what to say."

August scored on three of his four nominations, grabbing Male Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Pop Contemporary Album of the Year for his debut, No Far Away.

The other major-category awards:

Group of the Year - NEEDTOBREATHE

Rock Album of the Year - Horseshoes & Handgrenades by Disciple

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year - Tonight by TobyMac

Inspirational Album of the Year - a tie between Downtown Church by Patty Griffin and Edge of the Divine by Sandi Patty

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year - Love God, Love People by Israel Houghton

Performance highlights:

The 42nd Annual Gospel Music Awards will air on GMC on Easter Sunday, April 24, 7 p.m. EST.

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