NASHVILLE, Tenn. â€“ (May 9, 2010) â€“ Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, is proud to announce the final nominees for the 2011 Diamond Awards program. The Top 5 nominees were chosen from the second round voting and Top 10 ballot. The winners will be chosen from this list of Top 5 nominees.
The online ballot is designed for fans to vote for their favorite artists and individuals for each award. Fans and industry supporters are encouraged to visit the SGN Scoops Digital website to place their votes. The Diamond Awards home on the web is located at http://sgnscoops.com.
Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group said, â€œThe fans did a great job this year picking the Top 5 nominees! We are so excited about this yearâ€™s awards program, and we canâ€™t wait to see how the voting goes for this yearâ€™s winners!â€
The 2011 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Revival. The show will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Branson, Missouri at the Tri-Lakes Center. The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Hosts and performers for the 2010 Diamond Awards will be announced at a later date.
For more information on the Diamond Awards â€“ visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at http://www.sgnscoops.com .
The final nominees in select categories are listed below:
LIVING LEGEND AWARD: Claude Hopper, Ed Oâ€™Neal, Gerald Crabb, Gloria Gaither, Ronnie Hinson
FAVORITE SONG: â€œDid I Mentionâ€ (The Perrys), â€œFather Who Caresâ€ (Voices of Glory), â€œMercy Saw Meâ€ (Driven Quartet), â€œPlease Forgive Meâ€ (Gaither Vocal Band), â€œWounded Handsâ€ (Gordon Mote)
FAVORITE ALBUM: Almost Morning (The Perrys), Declaration (Booth Brothers), Driven Quartet (Driven Quartet), Greatly Blessed (Gaither Vocal Band), Jason Crabb (Jason Crabb)
SUNRISE AWARD: Beyond the Ashes, The Harper Family, Heavens Highway, Southern Grace, Voices of Glory
FAVORITE MIXED GROUP: Heavens Highway, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck & New River
FAVORITE QUARTET: Brian Free & Assurance, Driven Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Triumphant Quartet
FAVORITE TRIO: 2nd Generation, Beyond the Ashes, Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, Voices of Glory
FAVORITE DUO: Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Dailey & Vincent, Hearts of Faith, Heart to Heart, Reggie & Lady Love Smith
FAVORITE CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP: Driven Quartet, Heart to Heart, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs
FAVORITE BLUEGRASS ARTIST: Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs
For a full list of nominees, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com
About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded. The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners in each year. The awards show is based during the Branson Gospel Music Revival every July.