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Dudley, Bended Knee advance to top five for national music awards

BEMIDJI – A local musician and his band are nominated in the top five for national music awards.

Kent Dudley and his band Bended Knee have advanced into the top five in four categories for Christian Voice Magazine’s 2012 Country Gospel Music Fan Awards, known as the CGM Awards.

The public is invited to vote for the eventual award-winners in each category at Voting will be held through March 31.

Dudley of Solway is nominated as Favorite Male Vocalist of the Year, Favorite Songwriter of the Year and Favorite Musician of the Year; Bended Knee is nominated as Favorite Band of the Year.

Winners of the CGM Fan Awards will be announced at the CGM Fan Awards program April 27 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

This ballot marks the final found in voting for the CGM Awards. Nominations were first accepted during November. A January ballot announced the top 10, from which online voters selected their favorite top-five musicians.