Idolator's Dan Gibson does not particularly care for the Dove Awards. In fact, he calls it "one of the most tedious award shows ever." But that's not all he has to say on the matter. Gibson gives the Doves an earful, starting here:
First of all, on behalf of anyone who has ever listened to Christian music (regardless of whether they agree with me or not), I'd like to apologize to Marvin Sapp. Sure, you released the chart-topping, record-breaking gospel classic "Never Would Have Made It" this year, the sort of song that will be a mainstay of the genre for decades to come. But somehow the Dove awards seem to have missed that fact entirely. Unless I missed it, they didn't have you perform, and they certainly didn't manage to give you an award.
Meanwhile, Steven Curtis Chapman didn't actually put out a new album of material this year (although his 2007 album This Moment was repackaged for the second time in 2008, which counts for something, I guess), but he won the Entertainer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year awards, and was given the largest chunk of the show to perform.
Having not, uh, watched the show myself, all I'm going to say is that it sure seems more than a little weird to give Artist of the Year to an artist who did not release a new album this year. Also, I support "opposite marriage."