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April 21, 2011

Battistelli the Big Winner at GMA Awards

She won Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and top pop-contemporary song


Twenty-five-year-old Francesca Battistelli was the big winner at the 42nd annual GMA Dove Awards on Thursday night in Atlanta -- the first time the event has been held outside of Nashville.

Battistelli was named Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, and also won for her pop-contemporary recorded song for "Beautiful, Beautiful." Chris August won New Artist of the Year, Best Male Vocalist and pop-contemporary album for "No Far Away."

The event, hosted by TV host and comedienne Sherri Shepherd, will be televised on GMC, on Sunday, April 24, at 7 p.m. PT.

A GMA press release rounded up the rest of the highlights. See the complete list of winners here.