Dove Awards Announces Partnership with

NASHVILLE, TN (October 11. 2013) – 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards is excited to announce a new partnership with Top Christian Hip Hop Website,  Rapzilla’s participation and sponsorship speaks to the continuing unity and diversity that the GMA seeks to promote among genres.

Founded in 2003 by Phillip Rood, Rapzilla is consistently the strongest voice for Christian Hip Hop in the genre. By providing quality coverage, the online destination has acted as a strategic catalyst for the growth of this budding movement. The site provides exclusive interviews, articles and features for such past Dove nominees as Lecrae, Tedashii, Trip Lee, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Flame, Andy Mineo and others.

Since adding the Rap categories to its balloting in 1991, the Dove Awards has systematically expanded its accolades to include a greater quantity of Christian Rap artists. Furthermore, the awards show has featured unique live performances with some of the top singers in Contemporary Christian Music.

This year, the performance line up will include artists Trip Lee, KB, and Andy Mineo, as well as an appearance by Lecrae.

The addition of urban music sponsors only adds further contours to the broad vision of the Dove Awards and promises to create even more open doors for diverse Christian music voices.


About Rapzilla: 

With over 150,000 unique visitors per month, is the most visited Urban Christian Culture destination online, existing to inform the urban community immediately about Christian news, music, videos, live interviews & broadcasts first! The site is home to the most  comprehensive artist and content database in Urban Christian Culture, all supported by an explosive social media presence keeping readers captive and active.

The show will be broadcast on Monday, October 21st at 8:00 p.m. EDT exclusively on UP, America’s favorite channel for uplifting entertainment.  Tickets are also available now at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at


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 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 or contact the GMA directly at615.277.1376.
About UP:
UP, ( based in Atlanta, is America’s favorite network for uplifting family entertainment. The network presents original and acquired movies, series, stage plays and music specials along with gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. The UP brand is reflected in “Uplift Someone,” the network’s successful pro-social initiative.  UP can be seen in more than 65 million homes on major cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Charter Communications, as well as DIRECTV on channel 338, DISH Network on channel 188, and Verizon FiOS on channel 224.   Follow UP on Facebook & Twitter & @UPtv.

Dove Awards Social Media Platforms:

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Twitter –  Hashtag – #DoveAwards
Visit to apply for press and publicity credentials to the show, as well as awards history, photos, press releases and logos.  Credentials must be requested by Tuesday, October 8, 2013.


Jules Wortman
Wortman Works Media & Marketing
Kim Dettwiller Burton