Battistelli gospel music artist of the year

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 20 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Singer and actress Tamela Mann holds her award after winning Traditional Gospel Album at the 42nd annual Dove Awards, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Atlanta.

David Goldman, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Christian singer Francesca Battistelli won artist of the year at the 42nd annual Dove Awards held in Atlanta for the first time.

Battistelli also went home with two other awards. She won for best female vocalist and pop-contemporary recorded song. The awards show for gospel and Christian music left Nashville, Tenn., for the first time in its history.

The show seemed to fit in its new location.

Fans also voted for new artist of the year winner Chris August, who won best male vocalist.

Singer Jason Crabb and all-female trio Point of Grace joined Battistelli to claim three Doves apiece.

The awards show will air Easter Sunday, on GMC — formerly known as the Gospel Music Channel.

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