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Winners Roundup: Singing News Fan Awards 2013
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The 2013 Singing News Fan Awards ceremony was held Wednesday, October 2, in Dollywood. We'd like to offer our congratulations to all the winners! Here are a few highlights from the event:

The fans showed their love for the Perrys this year: Libbi Perry Stuffle was chosen as Favorite Female Vocalist of the Year and Favorite Alto Singer of the Year, and the Perrys' song "I Got a Hold of God This Morning" was the Favorite Song of the Year. Libbi received a standing ovation when she accepted the award for Favorite Female Vocalist and shared with the fans how this year has been the most difficult of her life, but that nothing is impossible with God. She dedicated her award to her husband Tracy, who has very recently been able to return home after 8 1/2 months in the hospital and rehab following a stroke and multiple complications.

A little later in the program, the Perrys performed "I Got a Hold of God This Morning" and Tracy joined the group through FaceTime, singing bass as Libbi held the phone right up to the microphone.

The Booth Brothers were also big winners, taking home the top spot in the categories of Favorite Artist of the Year, Favorite Trio of the Year and Favorite Album of the Year, as well as individual awards for Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth and Jim Brady. The guys were grateful and showed a humble attitude; as Ronnie accepted his award for Favorite Lead Singer, he shared the advice he gives to young singers: "Seek ye first the kingdom, and He will take care of the rest." When accepting the award for Favorite Trio, Michael and the guys used the opportunity to pay tribute to one of their forerunners, the Couriers Quartet.

Olivia Collingsworth's win for Favorite Young Artist of the Year marked an unprecedented winning streak that is unlikely to be repeated--the Collingsworth Family has now had four consecutive "Young Artist" winners! Phil Collingsworth remarked later in the show that it is a joy to have four children who have fallen in love with this music ... and the fans are certainly glad too! The Collingsworths were also honored to win Favorite Mixed Group of the year and Favorite Musician (Kim).

We are excited for everyone who won this year, and without further ado, here's the complete list of winners!

Favorite Soloist Of The Year:
Ivan Parker

Favorite Female Vocalist of the Year:
Libbi Perry Stuffle

Favorite Male Vocalist of the Year:
Ronnie Booth

Favorite Musician:
Kim Collingsworth

Favorite Band:
The band for the Gaither Vocal Band/Homecoming concerts, led by Kevin Williams

Favorite Trio of the Year:
The Booth Brothers

Favorite Young Artist of the Year:
Olivia Collingsworth

Favorite Non-Performing Songwriter of the Year:
Dianne Wilkinson

Favorite Mixed Group of the Year:
Collingsworth Family

Favorite Traditional Quartet of the Year:
Triumphant Quartet

Favorite Bass Singer of the Year:
Eric Bennett

Favorite Lead Singer of the Year:
Ronnie Booth

Favorite Baritone Singer of the Year:
Jim Brady

Favorite Tenor Singer of the Year:
Michael Booth

Favorite Alto Singer of the Year:
Libbi Perry Stuffle

Favorite Soprano Singer of the Year:
Kim Hopper

Songwriter of the Year:
Rodney Griffin

Favorite Song of the Year:
"I Got A Hold Of God This Morning" by the Perrys

Favorite Album of the Year:
Greatest Hits: Live
  by the Booth Brothers

The James D. Vaughan Impact Award:
Louise Mandrell

Favorite Artist of the Year:
The Booth Brothers

These winners were announced before the show began:

Favorite Small Market DJ of the Year:
John Whisnant (WCIS Morganton, NC)

Favorite Medium Market DJ of the Year:
Lottie Squires (WCKB Dunn, NC)

Favorite Large Market DJ of the Year:
Daniel Britt (WXRI Winston-Salem, NC)

Favorite New Trio:
Red Roots

Favorite New Traditional Quartet:
The Old Paths

Favorite New Mixed Group:
The Taylors

Favorite New Soloist:
Steve Ladd