(Oxford, Alabama) Southern Gospel Weekend was the site for the 2020 Diamond Awards presentation on Friday, March 19th, 2021. The emcees for the evening were Dave Taylor, KWFC, Springfield, Missouri and Josh Franks, Savannah, Tennessee. Southern Gospel friends and fans gathered to watch their favorite artists accept prestigious Diamond Awards.
The evening began with Pastor Josh Franks bringing the gospel message following featured artists, Josh and Ashley Franks singing “I Am Blessed”, written by Dr. Jerry Goff.
“It was an incredible honor to share the stage with some of God’s most talented servants. People will have a hard time believing this, but I enjoyed the role of announcing the award winners more than any time I’ve ever been the one announced”, stated emcee, Dave Taylor.
It was definitely worth the wait, adds Rob Patz, owner of SGN Scoops Magazine and Coastal Events.
The 2020 Diamond Award Winners Are……..
J.D. Sumner Living Legend Award- Jan Buckner Goff
Sunrise Award- Mitchell Whisnant
Sunrise Duet- The Detty Sisters
Sunrise Trio- Hope’s Journey
Sunrise Quartet- Carolina
Sunrise Song of the Year- “Redeemed” – River’s Edge
Bluegrass Gospel Male Artist- Matthew Wilson
Bluegrass Gospel Female Artist- Debra Wilson
Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year- Eagle’s Wings
Bluegrass Song of the Year- “Who But God” Eagle’s Wings
Female Vocalist of the Year- Karen Peck Gooch
Male Vocalist of the Year- Michael Combs
Duet of the Year- Josh and Ashley Franks
Mixed Group of the Year- The Williamsons
Trio of the Year- Hyssongs
Quartet of the Year- Triumphant
Christian Country Group of the Year- MARK209
Christian Country Song of the Year- “I’m Not Who I Used To Be”- Tonja Rose
Paul Heil (Broadcasting) Award- Dave Taylor, KWFC
Radio Station of the Year- WJBZ (Dan Bell)
Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year- Richard Hyssong
Gospel Music Today Video of the Year- “I’m Not Who I Used To Be”- Tonja Rose
Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year- Gerald Crabb
Song of the Year- “Choose Life” – Hyssongs