NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For Casting Crowns, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.
Shortly after having its five-year winning streak as group of the year snapped at the 41st annual Dove Awards on Wednesday, the top-selling Christian supergroup won the night's biggest award, the fan-voted artist of the year.
"To me it's extra special because the fans were voting," Casting Crowns leader Mark Hall said.
"It really wasn't anywhere on our radar."
Perhaps in a show of how diverse Christian and gospel music has become, no act won more than three awards.
NEEDTOBREATHE was the night's top winner, earning Doves for group of the year, rock/contemporary album of the year for "The Outsiders" and rock/contemporary song of the year for "Lay 'Em Down."
The Possum Kingdom, S.C., rock quartet, led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, snapped Casting Crowns' run in the group category, catching the audience by surprise.
A host of acts took two awards, including Brandon Heath, who won male vocalist of the year for the second consecutive time.
Francesca Battistelli snapped Natalie Grant's four-year run as female vocalist of the year.