The Oak Ridge Boys and Diamond Rio managed to win major awards at the Dove Awards which were televised Sunday evening. The awards event for Christian and Gospel music was actually held on Wednesday, however the event was televised on April 25.
The Oak Ridge Boys have mulled retirement over the last few years, however they have loaned their talents to fund-raising efforts for Christian charities such as Pastor Larry Jones' Feed The Children Organization, and have even recorded special albums just to raise funds for this organization. The Oak Ridge Boys actually started out as gospel music artists back in 1945, and have been a revolving door of performers until vocal group by the late 70's took on a decidedly more commercial sound and had crossover hits on both the country and pop charts with big chart hit such as "Elvira". For The Oak Ridge Boys, things have now gone full circle. From gospel to mainstream country, back to gospel and a Dove Award.
Diamond Rio has had decent country music success and awards before, however a Dove Award is a first for this major country music group.