The ever-charming Jamie Grace just won her first Dove Award and was suitably overcome with emotion at the announcement of her name.
Wearing an elegant green gown, Grace burst into tears upon walking onstage to collect her award for New Artist of the Year.
“My prom was here four years ago at the Fox and my mom used to bring me to musicals here. This is a dream come true,” she said between tears, before wrapping with a burst of thank yous blended with stream-of-consciousness humor. “I want to make this quick because I don’t want to be ‘that girl.’ My dad wore a bow tie for me. And Reba McEntire’s my favorite – that has nothing to do with anything… Dad, can you take me to Chick-fil-A?”
Meanwhile, Laura Story was on an impressive streak, winning two of her nominated five awards during the pre-telecast of the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song and Album for “Blessings” as well as the fan-voted Songwriter of the Year.
(She factored in a sixth award for her decade-old song, “Indescribable,” recorded for “Bluegrass Meets Worship,” which lost to The Isaacs for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year.)
But, while the first award presented on the televised portion of the Doves – Female Vocalist of the Year – went to Natalie Grant (Canton’s Francesca Battistelli was also nominated in the category), Story soon won Song of the Year for “Blessings,” a category with a whopping 10 nominees.
Story is still up for the coveted Artist of the Year, which Battistelli won last year.
Backstage, the typically self-deprecating Story joked that, “The system got hung up and kept announcing the same name over and over.”
The pregnant singer also announced that she and husband Martin just found out earlier in the day that they’re expecting a girl, due Sept. 12.
Another early winner was Kirk Franklin, whose “Hello Fear” scored Contemporary Gospel Album honors.