Associated Press - April 22, 2010 1:15 AM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Top-selling Christian rock act Casting Crowns has won artist of the year at the 41st annual Dove Awards.
The band had its 5-year run as group of the year snapped earlier Wednesday evening by NEEDTOBREATHE, but came away with the Doves' biggest award thanks to their popularity with fans, who voted in the category.
Fans also voted for new artist of the year winner Sidewalk Prophets.
Casting Crowns' "Until The Whole World Hears" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, the highest Nielsen SoundScan entry for any Christian music album.
Producer and songwriter Jason Ingram was the night's big winner with four awards including being part of the songwriting team that won song of the year for the "By Your Side."
The ceremony will air Sunday on GMC.
The Dove Awards: http://www.doveawards.com