Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 45th Dove Awards Recapped: Album of The Year

The Dove Awards were recently announced, and the time has come for me to give the whole thing a thumbs up or a thumbs down. I know, a thumbs down is always more fun. Things are a bit more problematic this time around. There are a lot of #PlatVnyl5 albums in the mix, and it's tough to comment when those awards are in progress. If you ask me they did it on purpose.

We begin with the Album of The Year Awards. The Platinum Vinyl Awards is the only one of the two to still have a General Field Album of The Year. The Dove's are Song Only in that regard. Of course with the genres the Dove's also have a bunch of junk like southern gospel and country which will not cross this desk, but I digress.

45th Dove Awards Recap

Album of The Year vs. Platinum Vinyl Awards

Praise and Worship Album of The Year corresponds with our Modern Worship Album of The Year. The nominees were Home by Kim Walker-Smith and Skyler Smith; Kingdom Come by Bryan and Katie Torwalt; Majestic by Kari Jobe; Passion: Take It All; and We are Young and Free by Hillsong Young and Free.  Of the 5 nominees only Kim Walker-Smith was in the #PlatVnyl4 pool, and did not make the finals. The other four releases, including winner Kari Jobe, are in the pool for #PlatVnyl5. I can not comment except to say that Jobe's album got a Perfect 5 Rating during the eligibility year.

Special Event Album of the Year goes against Compilation of the Year. They gave the award to The Cathedrals, enough said.

Children's Music Album of The Year has four of the five albums in the current eligibility year. Well really three, but I have to check out a veggie tales release that I haven't heard of.

Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of The Year goes against our Gospel/R&B Album of The Year. Three of the five albums in the final are in the current award year. The winner Tye Tribbet and Greater Than, was an album in the original #PlatVnyl4 pool but did not make the cut to the finals. Help by Erica Campbell; Love Never Fails by Micah Stampley and Power and Authority by Sherri Jones-Moffett are all in the current pool.

Here's where things get a little difficult. Inspirational Album of the Year would seem to correspond with our Adult Contemporary/Inspirational Album of the Year except for those pesky /Contemporary awards this group has. This time it seems to match up with three of the five in this years original eligibility year. One I couldn't find anywhere so it gets tossed. Michael W. Smith won for Hymns. It did not make the pool for contention. I Dream of You by JJ Heller is in the Children's Music Pool and The Folk Pool, exclusive to the PVA's.

Pop/Contemporary Album of The Year most likely corresponds to Pop Album of the Year, at least it does this year around. The Winner of the category was Mandisa with Overcomer. It was a #PlatVnyl4 album but did not make the finals for its category. The other four albums are #PlatVnyl5. Ellie Holcomb and As Sure As The Sun and Thrive by Casting Crowns did not make the pool. The two that did were If We're Honest by Francesca Battistelli and We Are Young and Free by Hillsong Young and Free. 

Rock/Contemporary Album of The Year can be anything from Pop to Rock and they already have a Rock Category. (There Are NO Metal Awards). This year the category approximates Alternative Album of The Year. 3 of the 5 came from #PlatVnyl4. Everfound's self titled release did not make the pool and I am Mountain by Gungor and Inland by Jars of Clay did but did not make the final 7.  The Two #PlatVnyl5 contenders in this grouping are Switchfoot and Fading West in Alternative and Needtobreathe's Rivers In The Wasteland, which is in the rock pool.

Rock Album of The Year had three of the five nominees in the #PlatVnyl4 pool: Fear Inside Our Bones by The Almost which did not make the finals, and Rise by Skillet and the self titled album by We Are Human, both of which made the final 7 but neither of which won. That honor went to John Elefante this year. Skillet won the category in the doves. The #PlatVnyl5 contenders here are Scott Stapp's Proof of Life and Red's Release The Panic: Recalibrated Edition.

The final genre Album Award to compare was Rap Album of the Year, which corresponds to our Rap/Hip Hop Album of The Year. It was an all #PlatVnyl5 category which makes things real difficult. 100 by KB; Minorville by Derek Minor; Neverland by Andy Mineo; and Royal Flush by Flame all are in the initial pool. Only Invader by Rapture Ruckus did not make it in.

That does it for the album wrap. Song and General Field are yet to come. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.