2012 Dove Awards: Something for everyone

Most peo­ple snub the Dove Awards because they hear “Chris­tian music,” but the indus­try has changed dra­mat­i­cal­ly in the past decade. Major record labels have sub­sidiaries that focus just on Chris­tian music, thus bring­ing in top pro­duc­ers and musi­cians, and ulti­mate­ly rais­ing the bar — and that’s a syn­op­sis from a leg­endary Chris­tian musi­cian. And it’s the only music awards that includes all gen­res of music from tra­di­tion­al Gospel to hip-hop, blue­grass, heavy met­al to alter­na­tive rock.

If you like music, I dare you to watch the Dove Awards on the Gospel Music Chan­nel, which is re-air­ing the event Sat­ur­day, April 28 at 9 p.m. MDT

For­mer Den­ver res­i­dent and hip-hop artist LeCrae per­forms along with Tedashii, anoth­er rap­per. LeCrae, who has become friends with main­stream rap­pers, won a Dove Award for his song “Hal­lelu­jah.”

Rock­er Michael Tait, a for­mer mem­ber of DCTalk –the band that changed the face of Chris­tian music, sings a duet with Group 1 Crew’s Blan­ca Calla­han. There’s even a set by for­mer “Amer­i­can Idol” final­ists, Ruben Stud­dard, Phil Stacey, Man­disa and Dan­ny Gokey. And then there is Natal­ie Grant, who won Female Vocal­ist of the Year for the fifth time.

Blue­grass fans will get a treat when The Isaacs per­form “Walk On” and tra­di­tion­al Gospel fans have Jason Crabb, who won Male Vocal­ist and Artist of the Year Awards this year, and a trib­ute to leg­end Russ Taff.

Below is a taste of The Isaacs, but this video doesn’t com­pare to the band’s Dove appear­ance. And there’s a video from Grant and Crabb.

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