John Berry, Linda Davis to Host Christian Country Music Awards

John Berry and Linda Davis will host the Christian Country Music Association’s annual award show Nov. 2 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Categories and final nominees for the awards are:

Entertainer of the Year:
CrossCountry, Fox Brothers, Double Portion, Kim Ford and LaVerne Tripp.

Male Vocalist:
John Steed, LaVerne Tripp, Mike Manuel, Pete Whitebird and Snuffy Smith.

Female Vocalist:
Candice Myers, Gayla Earlene, Kim Ford, Lisa Daggs and Stephanie Reeves.

Vocal Duo:
Double Portion, Jeff & Sheri Easter, LaVerne & Edith Tripp, Morgan & Morgan and Samson.

Vocal Group:
CrossCountry, Fox Brothers, Highway 7, the Babcocks and Uncommon Man.

Song:
“800 Pound Jesus,” Sawyer Brown; “A Bible and a Bus Ticket Home,” LaVerne Tripp; “He Broke the Law,” the Fox Brothers; “Roses for Mama,” the Toneys; “Salvation,” John Berry; and “Stop and Think,” Kim Ford.

Mainstream Country Artist:
Brad Paisley, Collin Raye, Jeff Carson, LeAnn Rimes and Sawyer Brown.

Video:
“800 Pound Jesus,” Sawyer Brown; “Angel Band,” Vestal Goodman and George Jones; “Chain of Love,” Clay Walker; “He Didn’t Have to Be,” Brad Paisley; and “I Need You,” LeAnn Rimes.

New Artist:
Amber Morgan, Pascha, Rick Tanksley Band, Stephanie Reeves and Wendy Manley.

Pioneer:
Bruce Haynes, Freddie Hart, Jack Greene, Joe Babcock and Susie Luchsinger.

Musician:
Bruce Ray, Dan Traxler, Dennis Agajanian, Gene Crain and Terry McMillan.

Awards will also be given for “Living Legend” and for radio station and radio personality of the year.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.