The Fox is filling fast and we’re between shows. The main show, the part you’ll see on TV this Sunday on GMC, starts in about ten minutes. The pre-show, during which all the awards that you won’t see on TV are distributed, just ended in momentous fashion. Curiously, the final award was Spanish Language Album of the Year. Jason Crabb made a big to-do of not being able to read the categories, so a nice young lady was brought up from the audience. She struggled to see the teleprompter, and seemed a bit uncomfortable, but she was a good sport. The award was given to Hillsong, (also a bit odd, with the Spanish Language award being accepted in an Australian accent), but as the ceremony closed, a young man hopped on stage, dropped to one knee, and proposed to our astonished impromptu presenter.

Surprise!

Dropping to one knee…

She said yes!

That’s how to end a show! (I must say the pre-show for the Doves was worlds better than the pre-show for the Grammys earlier this year. Acoustics in the Egyptian Ballroom were outstanding, and the top-notch performances took full advantage.)

The biggest winner of the night so far in my (sound) opinion has been Group 1 Crew, winners for Rap/Hip Hop song and album of the year. I thought Lecrae might sweep those two. Other awards have been spread out, with a few slight surprises. NeedToBreathe won over Third Day and TobyMac, but Toby got a win for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year. Chris August won his first Dove for Pop/Contemporary Album, and Francesca Battistelli had a big win for her song “Beautiful, Beautiful”, besting MercyMe (“All of Creation”), Toby Mac (“Get Back Up”), Sanctus Real (“Lead Me”), and Chris August (“Starry Night”). Makes me wonder if she might become the night’s big winner.

Awards were also given to Third Day, Casting Crowns, and Passion. Louie Giglio’s acceptance speech was spot on in mastering a refreshing combination of gratitude, humility, and focus on Christ.

Just minutes until the big show, when things get really interesting!