MercyMe and Zach Williams Take Home Top Awards at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

MercyMe and Zach Williams Take Home Top Awards at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Photo credit: Grant Exline & Jamie Gilliam

Reba McEntire Takes Home her First Dove Award and Closes out the Evening with a Powerful Performance

Tune in to TBN on Sunday, October 22 at 8 p.m. CST to see this year’s awards

The legendary Pat Boone recognized with SoundExchange’s Fair Play Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 17, 2017) – Tonight, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) handed out honors in 39 categories at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards plus special industry recognitions at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobb Leonard hosted the sold-out show and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST. Visit DoveAwards.com for more information.    

MercyMe was named Artist of the Year and Zach Williams took home New Artist of the Year. Gospel music legend Pat Boone received the SoundExchange Fair Play Award. From first-time nominees to legends, the all-star lineup came together for one of Gospel and Christian music’s most memorable nights.

Artist of the Year:

MercyMe, Fair Trade Services

New Artist of the Year:

Zach Williams, Provident Label Group

Song of the Year:

“What A Beautiful Name” (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing

Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year:

Casting Crowns, Provident Label Group

Gospel Artist of the Year:

CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel

Songwriter of the Year (Artist):

Bart Millard

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year:

Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope: Reba McEntire (producer) Reba McEntire, Jay DeMarcus, Doug Sisemore

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year:

The Waiting Room: Trip Lee, (producers) Gabriel Azucena, James Foye III, John McNeil, Joel McNeil, Alex Median, Allen Swoope, Almondo Cresso, Chris Mackey, Joseph Prielozny, Tyshane Thompson

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year:

HARDLOVE – NEEDTOBREATHE, (producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Joe Levine, Dave Tozer, Ed Cash, Ido Zmishlany

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year:

Lifer – MercyMe (producers) Ben Glover, David Garcia

Southern Gospel Album of the Year:

Resurrection – Joseph Habedank, (producer) Wayne Haun

Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year:

Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans, (producers) Alvin Love III, Tommy Sims

Worship Album of the Year:

Never Lose Sight – Chris Tomlin, (producers) Ross Copperman, Jeremy Edwardson, Ed Cash

Producer of the Year:

Bernie Herms

Inspirational Film of the Year:

The Shack – (directors) Stuart Hazeldine (producers) Netter Productions, Summit Entertainment

See full list of winners here

Select quotes from the evening:

“I want to just say that of all the names that get honored tonight, there is a name that is more powerful and more beautiful, and it is the name of Jesus.” – Hillsong Worship

“Something I’ve come to realize in my life in the last few years is that worship is more about seeing than singing. It’s having your eyes open to the grace of God, the mercy of God, the goodness of God and the holiness of God. I always thought that I just helped people sing with my songs, but I realized that they were really trying to help people see the goodness of God.” – Chris Tomlin

“Christian music saved my life and it means the world to us, means the world to me.” – Bart Millard

“I am so happy to be doing what I’m doing for the Kingdom.” – Tamela Mann

Official images were provided by Jamie Gilliam and Grant Exline for Lipscomb University:
48th Annual GMA Dove Awards – Pre Tel, Red Carpet Arrivals, Show

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org

About the Trinity Broadcasting Network:
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the world’s largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 30 global networks. As the world’s most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, visit us at tbn.org.

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More Talent Added to the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

More Talent Added to the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Beth Moore, Dr. Bobby Jones, Brandon Heath, Chonda Pierce, Jaci Velasquez, John Gray, Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Fields, Lauren Daigle, Mandisa, Miel San Marcos, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Montell Jordan, Trace Adkins, Travis Cottrell and Tye Tribbett added as presenters

Operation Christmas Child added as a partner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 13, 2017) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the last round of presenters for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Beth Moore, Dr. Bobby Jones, Brandon Heath, Chonda Pierce, Jaci Velasquez, John Gray, Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Fields, Lauren Daigle, Mandisa, Miel San Marcos, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Montell Jordan, Trace Adkins, Travis Cottrell and Tye Tribbett were added to the all-star lineup.  The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards is set for October 17 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST. Limited tickets are available here

These new additions round out the talent lineup that includes performers Bri (Briana Babineaux), Casting Crowns, CeCe Winans, Danny Gokey, Erica Campbell, Gaither Vocal Band, Hezekiah Walker, Hillsong Worship, Hollyn, Jekalyn Carr, Joseph Habedank, Matt Redman, MercyMe, Micah Tyler, Reba McEntire, Ryan Stevenson, Steven Malcolm, Tauren Wells, Travis Greene and Zach Williams and presenters Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & Country and Matt Maher.

Operation Christmas Child was added to the show as a partner. “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the Gospel Music Association for their 48th Annual Dove Awards,” said Randy Riddle, Senior Director of Operation Christmas Child. “Each Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift provides an opportunity for churches around the world to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a tangible way with children in need. This partnership will bring greater awareness to how God is using Operation Christmas Child to bring children into relationship with Him and to become his disciples, through our disciple-making program, The Greatest Journey. We look forward to celebrating the Dove Awards and celebrating what God is doing through Christian music, yet another way to share the love of Jesus Christ with children and families around the world.”

The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Top nominated artists include Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE. View the full list of nominees here. For more information, visit doveawards.com.

About Operation Christmas Child:
Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, more than 146 million Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes have been distributed to children in more than 160 countries and territories. To learn about year-round volunteer opportunities or to serve with Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org

About the Trinity Broadcasting Network:
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the world’s largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 30 global networks. As the world’s most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, visit us at tbn.org.

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More Talent Added to 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

More Talent Added to 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Casting Crowns, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Hollyn, Jekalyn Carr, Joseph Habedank, Micah Tyler and Tauren Wells added to Performer Lineup

PRAZOR and SoundExchange added as partners

SoundExchange to present Fair Play Award to Gospel music legend Pat Boone

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 9, 2017) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced more talent for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Casting Crowns, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Hollyn, Jekalyn Carr, Joseph Habedank, Micah Tyler and Tauren Wells are set to perform during the awards show. Hollyn and Tauren Wells will host the Pre-Telecast. PRAZOR and SoundExchange were added as partners for the awards show set for October 17 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST. Limited tickets are available here

These new additions round out the talent lineup that includes performers Bri (Briana Babineaux), CeCe Winans, Danny Gokey, Gaither Vocal Band, Hillsong Worship, Matt Redman, MercyMe, Reba McEntire, Ryan Stevenson, Steven Malcolm, Travis Greene and Zach Williams and presenters Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & Country and Matt Maher.

Gospel music legend Pat Boone will be honored with the SoundExchange Fair Play Award. Presented by SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe, this award recognizes the contributions of members of the entertainment community in the fight for public policy to protect all creators.

“We are excited to present the SoundExchange Fair Play Award to Pat Boone, and we are honored to do so during the premiere awards show for the Christian and Gospel genre,” Huppe said. “While we are recognizing Pat’s contributions at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, he has played a key role as a champion for the fair and equal treatment of creators of music spanning all genres over the past six decades.  We thank him for standing up for the rights of all creators.”

The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Top nominated artists include Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE. View the full list of nominees here. For more information, visit DoveAwards.com.

About PRAZOR:
Using state of the art technology and a radio team of seasoned Christian musicologists, PRAZOR offers more than 80 individually curated streaming music channels categorized into “neighborhoods” such as pop, rock, worship, inspirational, urban, and southern gospel. These neighborhoods contain specific genres such as classic alternative, generation Z, bluegrass, reggae, inspirational gospel and more. PRAZOR even offers an “exclusive”  DOVE AWARDS channel in its “Premiere” neighborhood. PRAZOR is “God’s Gift to God’s People” and instead of a subscription or ad-based model, the platform is fueled by listener donations. Users may simply download the app and begin listening!

About SoundExchange:
To date, SoundExchange has paid out nearly $5 billion in royalties to recording artists and rights owners. SoundExchange develops business solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 150,000 recording artists and rights owners and administers direct agreements on behalf of rights owners and licensees. Through SXWorks, a SoundExchange subsidiary that acquired the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA), we broadened our mission by expanding into the collective management of music publishing rights. CMRRA administers the majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada.

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org

About the Trinity Broadcasting Network:
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the world’s largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 30 global networks. As the world’s most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, visit us at tbn.org.

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More Talent Added to 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards; Kari Jobe & Tasha Cobbs Leonard to Host

More Talent Added to 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards; Kari Jobe & Tasha Cobbs Leonard to Host

Bri (Briana Babineaux), Danny Gokey, Gaither Vocal Band, Ryan Stevenson and Travis Greene set to perform

GMA announces partnership with Lifeway’s Christian Standard Bible

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 21, 2017) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that award-winning singer-songwriter Kari Jobe and Gospel powerhouse Tasha Cobbs Leonard will team up to host the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Also joining the all-star lineup are performers Bri (Briana Babineaux), Danny Gokey, Gaither Vocal Band, Ryan Stevenson and Travis Greene. They join previously announced performers CeCe Winans, Hillsong Worship, Matt Redman, MercyMe, Reba McEntire, Steven Malcolm and Zach Williams and presenters Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & Country and Matt Maher.

The awards show will take place on October 17 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST. Purchase tickets here

GMA also announced the addition of Lifeway’s Christian Standard Bible as a partner for this year’s awards show. “We share the belief with Christian musicians everywhere that the word of God has the power to change lives,” Lifeway Christian Resources VP Eric Geiger said. “That’s why the Christian Standard Bible is honored to partner with GMA in taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world! Congratulations to GMA and all the nominees at this year’s Dove Awards! Sound the Remedy!”

The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Top nominated artists include Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE. View the full list of nominees here. Nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members, and winners are voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. For more information, visit DoveAwards.com.

About Lifeway’s Christian Standard Bible:
The Christian Standard Bible aims to draw readers into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God. By translating Scripture into the clearest possible modern English, the CSB allows readers to experience God’s Word at its fullest. Developed by 100 scholars from 17 denominations, the Christian Standard Bible faithfully and accurately captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising readability. The CSB is a trustworthy text for both sermon preparation and serious study, translated straight from the biblical languages by scholars who love God’s Word. For more information, visit www.csbible.com.

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org

About the Trinity Broadcasting Network:
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the world’s largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 30 global networks. As the world’s most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, visit us at tbn.org.

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Nature Nate’s Announced as Presenting Sponsor of the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Nature Nate’s Announced as Presenting Sponsor of the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & COUNTRY and Matt Maher to present at the awards show on October 17 in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 7, 2017) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that Nature Nate’s Honey will be the presenting sponsor of the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Nature Nate’s has launched the Honey Gives Hope campaign and is partnering with the GMA Dove Awards to provide a grant for a family to adopt a child through Show Hope, a movement to care for orphans and restore hope by breaking down barriers between waiting children and loving families.

“At Nature Nate’s, we believe that everyone’s life can be a little sweeter with music and a message of hope,” said Nature Nate’s President and CEO, Nathan Sheets. “Every day, honey gives hope through programs that support music, ministry and better health. Partnering with the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards is a natural way for our honey company to support passionate leaders in Christian music. We’re privileged to be a sponsor.”

Learn more about Nature Nate’s charitable partnerships and Honey Gives Hope campaign at www.naturenates.com/honey-gives-hope.

GMA also announced that Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & Country and Matt Maher will join the awards show as presenters. The all-star performance lineup includes CeCe Winans, Hillsong Worship, Matt Redman, MercyMe, Reba McEntire, Steven Malcolm, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Zach Williams. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 22 at 8 p.m. CST. Purchase tickets here.

The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Top nominated artists include Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE. View the full list of nominees here. Nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. For more information, visit DoveAwards.com.

About Nature Nate’s:
Since 1972, Nature Nate’s has been dedicated to offering honey as nature intended – 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered. Arriving in its most natural form, this honey is closest to its original provision from the hive. Nature Nate’s adheres to strict quality-control standards, sourcing honey from trusted beekeepers and minimally processing it to ensure the honey retains all its natural benefits. Nature Nate’s promises an undivided commitment to providing the highest quality product to you and your family’s dining table – a farmer’s market quality honey, available year-round.

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org

About the Trinity Broadcasting Network:
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the world’s largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 30 global networks. As the world’s most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, visit us at tbn.org.

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