NASHVILLE, Tenn. â€“ (July 1, 2011) â€“ The 2011 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards were handed out last night in Branson, Missouri as a part of the 3rd Annual Branson Gospel Music Revival (formerly Convention).Â Eighteen awards were handed out at the awards presentation and several artists won multiple awards including the Gaither Vocal Band, Driven Quartet, Jason Crabb, and Jeff & Sheri Easter.
Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group (owners of SGN Scoops Digital and the Diamond Awards) said, â€œWe are so excited that we have another Diamond Awards in the history books. We had a blast this year, and we know that everyone involved loved being a part of the show as well!â€
This yearâ€™s event featured a myriad of performers and special guests throughout the program. The evening featured performances from industry favorites like Driven Quartet, Beyond the Ashes, Rod Burton, 2nd Generation, Ascension Quartet, Ann Downing, The Williamsons, Jay Stones Singers, and more.
This yearâ€™s Diamond Awards were hosted by award-wining songwriter Christy Sutherland and 2011 Absolutely Gospel Breakthrough Artist of the Year Beyond the Ashes.
Other artists and industry professionals made appearances such as Absolutely Gospelâ€™s Deon Unthank, Bev McCann, Hearts of Faith, Lou Hildreth, Sunday Editionâ€™s Chris Unthank, SGN Scoops Digitalâ€™s Kelly Burton, and more.
For more information on The SGN Scoops Diamond Awards â€“ visit www.sgnscoops.com .
2011 SGN SCOOPS DIAMOND AWARD WINNERS:
J.D. SUMNER LIVING LEGEND AWARD:Â Gloria Gaither
QUARTET OF THE YEAR:Â Gaither Vocal Band
MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR: Jeff & Sheri Easter
TRIO OF THE YEAR:Â Booth Brothers
DUET OF THE YEAR:Â Aaron & Amanda Crabb
FEMALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR:Â Janet Paschal
MALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Crabb
SUNRISE AWARD:Â Voices of Glory
SONG OF THE YEAR:Â â€œPlease Forgive Meâ€ â€“ Gaither Vocal Band (written by Gerald Crabb)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:Â Driven Quartet â€“ Driven Quartet
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR:Â Gordon Mote
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:Â Squire Parsons
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP OF THE YEAR: Driven Quartet
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Sheri Easter
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Guy Penrod
BLUEGRASS GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Ricky Skaggs
VIDEO/DVD OF THE YEAR:Â â€œSomebody Like Meâ€ â€“ Jason Crabb
FAVORITE ARTIST WEBSITE:Â DrivenQt.com â€“ Driven Quartet
FAVORITE INDUSTRY WEBSITE:Â SolidGospel.com
LOU HILDRETH AWARD:Â Rob Patz & Kelly Burton
FAVORITE BROADCAST PERSONALITY: Karen Berka, BrasonRadioLive.com
PUBLISHERâ€™S AWARD â€“ KWFC-FM, Springfield, Missouri