It was a remarkable date for gospel music, as The Gospel Music Association Dove Awards returned to Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, and for the first time in the show’s 46-year history, its top prize went to a rapper.
According to Praise world radio, Christian hip-hop star Lecrae was named Artist of the Year, recognizing a breakthrough year that saw his 2014 album “Anomaly” debuting at No. 1 on the album charts — of any genre. Following a 2008 win by rap-pop artist TobyMac, Lecrae is the first pure hip-hop artist to win the award. He had to accept his award from afar, as he had a tour date in California on Tuesday.
Soul-pop artist Lauren Daigle made her first trip to the Doves a memorable one. The Louisiana singer was named New Artist of the Year, and her “How Can It Be” earned two awards (including Song of the Year) for writers Jason Ingram, Jeff Johnson and Paul Mabury.