NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (May 3, 2010) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, is proud to announce the final nominees for the 2010 Diamond Awards program. The Top 5 nominees were chosen from the second round voting and Top 10 ballot. The winners will be chosen from this list of Top 5 nominees.
The online ballot is designed for fans to vote for their favorite artists and individuals for each award. Fans and industry supporters are encouraged to visit the SGN Scoops Digital website to place their votes. The Diamond Awards home on the web is located at http://sgnscoops.com.
Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group said, “We feel like the fans did an incredible job this year of choosing their favorites. We know that this year’s show is going to be bigger and better than ever.”
The 2010 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Convention. The show will take place on Thursday, July 1, 2010 in Branson, Missouri at the Branson Convention Center. The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.
It was announced earlier that HIS Choice Music is the main sponsor for this year’s Diamond Awards program. HIS Choice Music is the most updated, innovative way to find great Christian music and schedule Christian concerts all from one location. With the launching of the all new HIS Choice Music Compilation CD, fans have the opportunity to hear well established Christian artists along with new, up and coming artists. The company is a full service label that represents such acts as CrossWay, Young Harmony, One Voice, and more.
Hosts and performers for the 2010 Diamond Awards will be announced at a later date.
For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at http://www.sgnscoops.com .
The final nominees in select categories are listed below:
LIVING LEGEND AWARD: Ann Downing, Claude Hopper, Karen Peck Gooch, Lulu Roman, Peg McKamey Bean
SONG OF THE YEAR: “Hold On” – Dove Brothers (written by McCray Dove), “If You Knew Him” – The Perrys ((written by Rodney Griffin and Joseph Habedank), “Mercy Leads Us Home” – Sisters (written by Kenna Turner West), “Somebody Died For Me” – Triumphant Quartet (written by Christy Sutherland), “What Children Believe” – Gold City (written by James Isaac Elliott, Brent Lamb, and Jerry Salley)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Almost Morning (Perrys), Foot Steps of Life (Firm Foundation), Graveyard Revival (Dr. J.D. Brown), It’s All About Him (Praise Incorporated), Journey Through the Sky (HisSong)
SUNRISE AWARD: 2nd Generation, Firm Foundation Quartet, Gigi & Randy Burgess, Ladd Family, Praise Incorporated
MIXED GROUP: Hoppers, Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, McKameys, Perrys
QUARTET: Brian Free & Assurance, Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, Jericho, Triumphant Quartet
TRIO: Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Karen Peck & New River, New Day, Talley Trio
DUET: Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Dustin & Kaila, Gigi & Randy Burgess, Hearts of Faith, Wendy Word + forgiven
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP: Diamond Rio, Dove Brothers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Oak Ridge Boys, Wilsons
BLUEGRASS ARTIST: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Primitive Quartet, Watkins Family
For a full list of nominees, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com
About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded. The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners in each year. The awards show is based during the Branson Gospel Music Convention every July.