Gospel and Christian Music’s Biggest Night Shines the Light
With Groundbreaking Performances and an Array of Winners
Live From Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University Campus
Tauren Wells Garners 4 First Time Doves Including
Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year,
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
Cory Asbury and Songwriter Colby Wedgeworth Take Home Three Each
at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards
Tune in to TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network)
Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET
Tauren Wells took home four awards at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville on October 16. 2018. Photo: Jamie Gilliam
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 16, 2018) — THE 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out tonight in the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards will be televised on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET. The big winner was first-time nominee, newcomer Tauren Wells, who took home four awards, including Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and New Artist of The Year. Superstar Zach Williams took home Artist of the Year. The night was fiiled with many remarkable performances, including first time collaborations including Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly, Jason Crabb and Rascal Flatts, as well as Natalie Grant and Koryn Hawthorne. See the full list of winners here.
Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin performing at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville on October 16, 2018. Photo: Jamie Gilliam
Partial list of winners:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Zach Williams
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Tauren Wells
SONG OF THE YEAR: “Reckless Love” – writers Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson, (publishers) Bethel Music Publishing, Richmond Park Publishing, Watershed Music Publishing
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (ARTIST): Matthew West
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Gaither Vocal Band
GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
INSPIRATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR: I CAN ONLY IMAGINE (directors) The Erwin Brothers, (producers) Kevin Downes and Cindy Bond
Lauren Daigle performing at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville on October 16, 2018. Photo: Jamie Gilliam
Select quotes from the 49th Annal GMA Doves Awards:
“I was literally in the back with my pants undone changing… then I heard my name and ran. ‘What award is this? ..New Artist of the Year?’ I am so thankful for this privilege. Thank You!” – Tauren Wells on accepting New Artist of the Year
“What a privilege this is. Isn’t it just like the Lord to take our failures and our overall jacked-up mess and turn it into something beautiful. He takes our disappointments and turns them into a dance floor. He allows us to be kids again.” – Cory Asbury, co-writer of Song of the Year “Reckless Love”
“When you’re a little kid in Alabama singin’ gospel songs….you never think someday you’ll win an award for doing what you love.” Bradley Walker – winner for Bluegrass/Country Roots Album
“I was at the first Dove Awards as a child. I remember being in those bleachers wishing I could be Stryper. You know you are old when a kid says you like the man from the UP movie.” Mark Lowry
“The performances were second to none and offered glory and revenant love to our father and his kingdom, ” says GMA President and Executive Director Jackie Patillo.
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.
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BETHEL MUSIC AND PHILLIPS, CRAIG & DEAN ADDED TO STAR-STUDDED PERFORMER LINEUP
CHRIS TOMLIN, JORDAN FELIZ, TASHA COBBS AND WILLIE MOORE JR. TO PRESENT
SoundExchange to sponsor and present Digital Radio Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 21, 2016) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces more performers and presenters for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Bethel Music and Phillips, Craig & Dean will perform, and Chris Tomlin, Jordan Feliz, Tasha Cobbs and Willie Moore Jr. will present. Royce Lovett, Seth and Nirva, The Bowling Family, Todd Dulaney and the writers of Chris Tomlin’s “Good, Good Father,” Anthony Brown and Pat Barrett, are set to perform at the pre-telecast. The awards show, hosted by for KING & COUNTRY and Tye Tribbett, will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Lipscomb’s University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 16. Tickets are almost sold out, and a limited number are still available at the Allen Arena box office or online here.
These new appearances join already announced performers TobyMac, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Steven Curtis Chapman, Hollyn, Hillsong UNITED, Natalie Grant and Tamela Mann and presenters Kari Jobe, Kirk Franklin, Priscilla Shirer and Ryan Stevenson.
One artist will be honored with the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award. Presented by SoundExchange’s President and CEO, Michael Huppe, the award recognizes an artist that receives over one billion digital radio spins since the inception of SoundExchange 13 years ago. Only three artists have ever received this honor: Pitbull, Justin Timberlake and Garth Brooks.
“We are honored to be part of the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards, where we will present our prestigious SoundExchange Digital Radio Award to one of gospel music’s enduring artists,” SoundExchange President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Huppe said. “The SoundExchange Digital Radio Award recognizes artists who amass more than one billion plays on the 2,800 digital radio services we work with to ensure artists receive their royalties. We look forward to being part of the Dove Awards once again and supporting this uplifting event to honor artists and rights owners who create gospel and Christian music.”
The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Nominees are determined by over 1,600 professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500.
Top nominated artists include Lauren Daigle, Hillsong UNITED, Chris Tomlin. Kirk Franklin and Bill Gaither. View the full list of nominees HERE.For more information, visit doveawards.com.
About SoundExchange: SoundExchange is the nonprofit organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $4 billion in royalties. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange
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. Twitter
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