Randy Travis, Dennis Agajanian, Dottie Rambo and perennial favorites the Fox Brothers led the list of winners at the ninth annual Christian Country Music Association Awards last night (Nov. 6) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Travis’ hit “Three Wooden Crosses” was named song of the year, and the country veteran was honored with the award for mainstream artist of the year.
Last year’s entertainer of the year, Agajanian, repeated his win in that category, he also took home his second consecutive musician of the year honor. Legendary singer/songwriter Rambo won the songwriter of the year honor and was the recipient of the Pioneer Award. Chester Smith won the Living Legend Award.
The Fox Brothers were named vocal group of the year for the eighth time, and the group’s Roy Fox picked up the trophy for comedy act of the year.
Del Way, who won best new artist and songwriter of the year accolades last year, was named male vocalist during this year’s show. Paula Snow netted the female vocalist title.
Glenn Kearney was named new artist of the year. The trio of the year honor went to the Jeff Treece Band and Twice Robin won the vocal duo of the year category. DreamWorks artist Darryl Worley won video of the year for his patriotic anthem “Have You Forgotten?”
WTVY Dothan, Ala., was named radio station of the year, and the station’s Fred Bacher won in the radio personality category. The youth in music award went to Amber Morgan, and the music evangelist of the year honor was given to CrossCountry.
Hosted by “Nashville Star” winner Buddy Jewell and “The 700 Club” co-host Lisa Ryan, the show aired live on Great American Country and several other outlets.
The awards, which were voted on by the CCMA membership, closed the annual Christian Country Music convention. Held Nov. 2-6 in Nashville, the event featured seminars and showcases geared toward artists who write and perform Christian country/positive country music.