Pre-Dove Award festivities are in full swing here in Atlanta. Right now, the action is at the red carpet, where a long three-deep cadre of photographers and interviewers is making lots of noise. The Fox Theatre has a deep covered entrance courtyard that traps all the clamor, making this a particularly cacophonous carpet.

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The pre-show ceremony recently concluded here in the Egyptian Ballroom, so the bulk of the shiny bird statues have been disseminated. Winners include TobyMac, Lecrae, Natalie Grant, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, and Laura Story. But I bet you could have guessed that! What’s more interesting is the categories awarded in the pre-show. Two of the aforementioned wins were for Christmas albums, Crowder’s for “Christmas Album of the Year” (a fine choice) and Toby’s for “Recorded Music Packaging” for his own holiday offering, “Christmas in Diverse City”. Also, thumbs up to the winner for the year’s Special Event, “The Story”. The project was stellar, so I’m always a fan when it gets its due attention.

For now, at least, the backstage press room is relatively calm, as most folks are outside shouting on the red carpet. Inside the Fox, the stage is set (complete with a car at center-stage, since Kia is a title sponsor), and the anticipation is growing.

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