Steven Curtis Chapman, the most prolific winner in the history of the Gospel Music Association (GMA), took home the Artist of the Year award last night at the 40th annual Dove Awards. Throughout his successful career, Chapman has won over fifty Doves. He was also awarded the Songwriter of the Year award this year.
The Artist of the Year trophy comes less than a year after Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, lost one of their daughters, Maria, in a freak accident at home. The Chapmans have admirably and courageously shared their experiences with the world and have been true representatives of Jesus during a very difficult time of their life. It is nice to see the Contemporary Christian Music industry honor acknowledge their influence in this way.
On another note, it was good to see Tenth Avenue North take home the New Artist of the Year award. The guys in the band are from nearby us here in central Florida and I've had the opportunity to talk with them on several occasions when they've led worship at ministry events that I've been a part of. They are genuine in their faith and talented musicians. It's good to see them get exposure on a national level.