The prestigious Diamond Awards have a history of over 20 years, recognizing the best in Gospel Music from coast to coast. Many of todayâ€™s top artists have received Diamond nominations and awards, from Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver to the Booth Brothers to the Hoppers. We are pleased to salute Christian artists who strive to use their talent to the best of their ability and to Godâ€™s glory.
The Diamond Awards began in 1991, hosted by Allen Smith and the Gospel Voice Magazine. The Awards continue today, hosted by Coastal Media Group and the SGN Scoops digital magazine.
The road to the 2015 Diamond Awards began on January 19, 2015, as the nomination polls opened on the SGN Scoops website. We invite you to watch this site as we continue down this road, introducing the 2014 winners and discussing each category.
Today’s Award: The J.D. Sumner Living Legend Award!
Defintion: A once-in-a-lifetime honor to recognize theÂ living performer for whom the fans feel has made the greatest contribution to SouthernÂ Gospel music over a career spanning 25 years or more.Â Previous winners are not eligible.
The 2014 Diamond Award winner of the J.D. Sumner Award was Mr. Ed Oâ€™Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys (pictured).
The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are open on the SGN Scoops website. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category.
The list of nominees will be posted, and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.
Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visitÂ www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com
2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at Â http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/