In other areas of the Disney company, people hope for “a big night at the Oscars.” At Walt Disney World, the wish is for “a big night at the Doves.”
The Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association, honor the best music, performances and performers in Christian music. Inasmuch as Disney World hosts Night of Joy, one of the country’s best-known contemporary Christian music events, there’s a hope each spring that the artists coming to Night of Joy do well at the Doves.
Well, Night of Joy 2010 artists had a HUGE night at the Doves! Nine of the 15 artists who’ll be performing at the Magic Kingdom Sept. 10-11 figured in 10 Dove Awards –- including four of the biggest honors:
- Casting Crowns won Artist of the Year
- Francesca Battistelli won Female Vocalist of the Year
- Sidewalk Prophets won New Artist of the Year
- 10th Avenue North’s “By Your Side” won Song of the Year
Other Night of Joy 2010 artists who figured in Dove Awards are Group 1 Crew, Smokie Norful, Red, David Crowder*Band and Third Day’s Mac Powell.
Tickets for Night of Joy go on sale May 1. There’s more information about the event at www.nightofjoy.com.