Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Tenor

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The Favorite Tenor award is awarded in the yearly Singing News Fan Awards ceremony to the fans' favorite tenor over the previous year.


The award was instituted in the second Singing News Fan Awards ballot cycle, for the 1971 Fan Awards. It was originally entitled "Favorite First Tenor." This was to differentiate it from "Favorite Second Tenor," the second highest part in male quartet harmony. Over time, as usage changed for the second tenor to be referred to as the group's lead singer, the group's first tenor came to be called the "tenor." This change was reflected in the 1991 Fan Awards, when the award was renamed "Favorite Tenor." Though the award has been called the "Favorite First Tenor" in several years since, it has generally been called the Favorite Tenor award since 1991.



  • Southern Gospel Sourcebook 2006 (Boone, NC: Singing News, 2006), pp. 208-217.