Group of the Year Dove goes to Point of Grace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Point of Grace, the contemporary Christian female group of four graduates from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, received the Dove award for Group of the Year March 24 from the Gospel Music Association.

Jaci Velasquez was named female vocalist of the year, while Michael W. Smith, for the first time in his 16-year recording career, was named artist of the year, along with producer of the year and receiving four other honors, during the 30th annual Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

Among other categories’ winners

-- Song of the year: "My Deliverer," written by Mitch McVicker and the late Rich Mullins, who was killed in an auto accident in September 1997.

-- Male vocalist of the year: Chris Rice.

-- Songwriter of the year: Rich Mullins.

-- New artist of the year: Jennifer Knapp.

-- Pop/contemporary album of the year: “Live the Life,” Michael W. Smith.

-- Contemporary gospel album of the year: “Nu Nation Project,” written and produced by Kirk Franklin.

-- Short form music video: "Entertaining Angels," Newsboys.

-- Long form music video: “My Utmost For His Highest -- The Concert,” Cindy Morgan, Avalon, Twila Paris, Bryan Duncan, Sandi Patty, Steven Curtis Chapman; Nancy Knox; Clark Santee. For Chapman, winner of 37 previous Doves, this was his only winner in ’99.

-- Musical of the year: “Mary Did You Know?” by David Guthrie and Bruce Greer.

-- Youth/children's musical: “2Extreme!” by Steven V. Taylor.

-- Spanish-language album (tie): “Libertad De Mas,” Sandi Patty, Isaac Hernandez, Greg Nelson, and “Oro,” Crystal Lewis; Brian Ray, Dan Posthuma.

-- Children's music album: “Veggie Tunes 2,” Big Idea Productions.

-- Praise and worship album: “Focus on the Family presents Renewing The Heart Live Hymns and Songs of Worship.”

-- Inspirational recorded song of the year: "Adonai,” pop quartet Avalon, last year’s best new artist winner.

-- Southern gospel recorded song of the year: "I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary,” Gaither Vocal Band, Bill Gaither, Michael Sykes, Guy Penrod.

-- Southern gospel album: “Still The Greatest Story Ever Told,” Gaither Vocal Band.

-- Country recorded song of the year: "Count Your Blessings," The Martins.

-- Country album of the year: “A Work In Progress,” Jeff and Sheri Easter; Michael Sykes.

-- Traditional gospel album of the year: “Christmas With Shirley Caesar,” Shirley Caesar.

-- Modern rock/alternative album and recorded song of the year: “Fourth From the Last” and "The Devil Is Bad," respectively, The W's.

-- Urban recorded song of the year: "Revolution," Nu Nation Project, Kirk Franklin.

Compiled by Art Toalston.

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