Mixed Group - Collingsworth Family
Soloist - Ivan Parker
Horizon Group - Wilburn and Wilburn
Horizon Individual - Jordan Wilburn
Tenor - Michael Booth
Alto - Libbi Perry Stuffle
Lead - Ronnie Booth
Baritone - Jim Brady
Soprano - Kim Hopper
Bass - Eric Bennett
Band - Kingdom Heirs Band
Musician - Jeff Stice
Trio - Booth Brothers
Young Artist - Phillip Collingsworth
Male Singer - Ronnie Booth
Female Singer - Kim Hopper
Quartet - Triumphant
Songwriter - Rodney Griffin
Album of the Year - Songs From the Heart by Triumphant Quartet
Song of the Year - "She Still Remembers Jesus' Name" by Booth Brothers
Favorite Artist - Booth Brothers
Earlier in the day, Mike Holcomb won the Norcross Templeton Award, and Ralph Dean was named Promoter of the Year. And the awards were handed out for Favorite DJ:
- John Whisnant (small market)
- Lottie Squires (medium market)
- Gregg Hutchins (large market)
Mixed Group was the only big difference from last year, but it wasn't that big of a surprise considering how the NQC Music Awards went a few weeks ago. Also, this was the third year in a row that a Collingsworth has won Young Artist, so not a big surprise.
I didn't really expect Jordan Wilburn to take home Horizon Individual. I thought it would be either Jeff Hawes (Karen Peck and New River) or Bryan Walker (The Perrys) since they are with more popular groups.
One of the most touching moments came from Jeff Stice's speech for Favorite Musician. He really was surprised this year, and it shows you that even after winning the same awards for several years it still means just as much.
I'm not really sure why all the awards weren't presented at the main ceremony this year. I know it tends to run long, but I'd rather see them all given out at one ceremony. The award winners at the early ceremony don't get as much recognition with a different ceremony.
I know there are some mixed reactions about the Fan Awards being so predictable year after year. I'll be honest I'm one of those people who really doesn't like the predictability of the awards. And after complaining about it so much last year, I decided this year not to vote for anyone who won the year before. It's not that I don't enjoy the groups or individuals who repeatedly win or want to see them recognized, that's not it at all. They are very deserving of the awards. But I decided that I had no right to complain about the predictability of the awards if I didn't vote differently myself.
I realize that it shows the loyalty of fans and the staying power of artists for the same groups winning year after year. And after hearing many of the speeches today, you see how much it means to the artists and how they don't take it for granted.
What do you think? Do you like the predictability? Would you rather see different people win each year?