The show has started! Rousing welcomes from the heads of the GMA and GMC, prayer, and moments later, the stage has its full Gospel on. Four brilliant vocalists backed by a soulful choir.

And now, our hosts take the stage: Chonda Pierce, who provided such hilarious filler during the commercial breaks last year, and David Mann. Good energy so far. And they’ve made a good point: this is the only awards show that encompasses every genre of music. (Well, not a lot of polka here. Or hair metal. But you get the idea.)

On to the first award: Female vocalist of the year.

And the winner is…

Natalie Grant