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Source: Deborah Evans Price | senior editor, watchgmctv.com

Gospel music’s top artists returned to the historic Fox Theater last night for the 43rd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Jason Crabb took home top honors, winning Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year. For a full list of winners, click here.

“To be honest I thought, ‘well, we’re probably not going to take anything home this year,’” Crabb told watchgmctv.com. “When they said my name, I couldn’t believe it. I know a lot of people say that, but this is the truth. I wish anybody could hear my heart because I really couldn’t believe it. I’m very, very thankful.”

Chonda Pierce and David Mann served as co-hosts of the televised portion of the event, which will premiere Tuesday at 8 pm et on gmc, with a special encore at 10 pm et. The show kicked off with a performance by Angie Stone, Yolanda Adams, Crystal Lewis and Karen Peck that included Peck belting out “I Go to the Rock” in tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who performed the Dottie Rambo classic on the Doves in 1998.

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Hometown girl and college student Jamie-Grace captured the Dove for New Artist of the Year. She was emotional over her win, marveling at how much her life had changed since she attended her prom at the Fox Theater just four years ago. “It was the Georgia Homeschool Prom. Yes, we do have friends,” she said good-naturedly referring to the homeschool community.

The 19-year-old artist, who struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome, recalls meeting the group ZOEgirl. She was embarrassed by her ticks, but one of the members told her how beautiful she was and that encouragement fueled her desire to pursue her dreams.

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