Tomlin Wins Big At Doves

Chris Tomlin was the most honored artist at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, winning six trophies, including his second consecutive artist of the year award.

Besides the top award Wednesday, Tomlin also won male vocalist for the second year and worship song of the year for "Holy is Lord," and was recognized for his involvement with the special event album of the year, "Passion: Everything Glorious."

Tomlin’s current album, See the Morning,’ won two more awards: pop/contemporary album and praise and worship album.

"I never felt like much of a singer. I just like to lead people in worship to God," Tomlin said.

Tomlin led all nominees with nine. The 34-year-old from Grand Saline, Texas, is the most often sung contemporary Christian artist in the country, according to the Christian Copyright Licensing International.

Aaron Shust was named best new artist, and he won song and songwriter awards for "My Savior, My God."

Natalie Grant won female vocalist for the second consecutive year. Grant, who co-hosted the show with former Backstreet Boy and contemporary Christian artist Brian Littrell and singer Donnie McClurkin.

Casting Crowns won group of the year.

Earlier in the evening, Alan Jackson’s gospel album Precious Memories won country album of the year. Jackson originally recorded the songs as a Christmas gift to his mother.

Ed Cash won producer of the year. Cash has worked with Tomlin, country singer Kathy Mattea and others.

The awards were held at the Grand Ole Opry House. Among the performers were Tomlin, TobyMac, Shust, MercyMe and Take 6.