‘Love Amplified’ is this year’s theme for the 47th annual GMA DOVE Awards show.
The ballots have been cast and the nominees are in for this year. Lauren Daigle leads artist nominations with six, followed by Hillsong UNITED and Chris Tomlin with five. Anthony Brown, Bill Gaither, Danny Gokey, Jonathan McReynolds, Kirk Franklin, Matthew West and Tasha Cobbs tally four nods each. Songwriter Jason Ingram scores seven nods, including Song of the Year. To see the full list of nominees, visit the Dove Awards website.
GMA executive director Jackie Patillo; artists CeCe Winans and Jason Roy (Building 429); and radio personalities, Lady Shaunte Garrett, WENO 760 AM The Gospel Nashville, Wally from WAY-FM and Doug from the Family Friendly Morning Show participated in the nominee press conference held on the campus of David Lipscomb University.
“‘Love. Amplified’ is a phrase which encompasses the collective power and impact of our music. At a time when so much of the world is divided and hostility is in the air, we will turn up the volume of love and the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ,” said GMA Executive Director Jackie Patillio.
TBN Chairman Matt Crouch said that the faith-and-family network is thrilled once again to serve as the exclusive broadcast partner for the GMA Dove Awards.
The nominees in the following categories were revealed at the press conference, handled by Wortman PR.
Artist of the Year:
For King and Country, Word Entertainment
Hillsong United, Hillsong Music Australia/ Sparrow Records
Lauren Daigle, Centricity Music
Lecrae, Reach Records
TobyMac, ForeFront Records
New Artist of the Year:
Hollyn, Gotee Records
Jordan Feliz, Centricity Music
Stars Go Dim, Word Entertainment
Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
We Are Messengers, Word Entertainment
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year:
Everyday Jesus – Anthony Brown & group therAPy, (producers) Dr. Leonard S. Scott, Bryant S. Scott, Anthony Brown, VaShawn Mitchell
We Give You Praise – Chicago Mass Choir, (producers) Percy Gray, Jr., Demetrius Banks, Cornelius Doles, Felica Welch, Dr. Feranda Williamson
WAP New Era – James Hall Worship & Praise, (producers) James Hall, Troy Chambers, Dr. Kevin Bond
Powerful – Japan Mass Choir, (producer) DA Johnson
Level Next– John P. Kee, (producer) John P. Kee
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year:
Uncomfortable – Andy Mineo, (producers) 42 North, Alex Medina, Black Knight, Daniel Steele, Dirty Rice, Elhae, Gabriel Lambirth, Gawvi, Illmind, Jon Bellion
Therapy Session – NF, (producers) Tommee Profitt, David Garcia, The720
Church Clothes 3 – Lecrae, (producers) Black Knight, Epikh Pro, GAWVI, Mykalife, Ryan Righteous, S1
This Time Around – Tedashii, (producers) Gabriel Azucena, Jamaal ‘Elhae’ Jones, Crystal ‘Crystal Nicole’ Johnson-Pompey, John ‘The Kracken’ Williams
Forward – Flame, (producers) SPEC, Courtney Orlando, G. Roc
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year:
Cities – Live In New York City – Anberlin, (producer) Aaron Sprinkle
Sound Of The Saints – Audio Adrenaline, (producers) Seth Mosley, Joshua Silverberg, Nick Baumhardt
Dead Man Walking – John Tibbs, (producer) Ben Shive
The Wonderlands: Sunlight and Shadows – Jon Foreman, (producers) Tyler Strickland, Anton Patzner, Neal Avron, Keith Tutt, Aaron Roche, Dan Brigham, Jeremy Lutito, Jason Morant
Surrender – Kutless, (producer) Aaron Sprinkle
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year:
‘My Story’ – Big Daddy Weave, (writers) Mike Weaver, Jason Ingram
‘Just Be Held’ – Casting Crowns, (writers), Mark Hall, Bernie Herms, Matthew West
‘Good Good Father’ – Chris Tomlin, (writers) Pat Barrett, Tony Brown
‘Tell Your Heart To Beat Again’ – Danny Gokey, (writers) Bernie Herms, Randy Phillips, Matthew West
‘The River’ – Jordan Feliz, (writers) Jordan Feliz, Colby Wedgeworth, Joshua Silverberg
‘Trust In You’ – Lauren Daigle, (writers), Paul Mabury, Michael Farren, Lauren Daigle
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year:
‘Jesus Changed Everything’ – Ernie Haase, Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
‘Jesus Gave Me Water’ – Gaither Vocal Band, (writer) Lucie E. Campbell
‘I Am Blessed’ – Karen Peck and New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Ken West, Michael Farren
‘Keep On’ – Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
‘Jesus, The One’ – The Hoppers, (writer) Paula Stefanovich
Worship Song of the Year:
‘No Longer Slaves’ – (writers) Jonathan David Hesler, Brian Johnson, Joel Case (publisher) Bethel Music Publishing
‘Good Good Father’ – (writers) Pat Barrett, Anthony Brown (publishers) Vamos Publishing, Capitol CMG Parago, Common Hymnal Publishing, Housefires Sounds, Tony Brown Publishing Designee, songs, sixsteps Music
‘Touch the Sky’ – (writers) Joel Houston, Dylan Thomas, Michael Guy Chislett (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing
‘We Believe’ – (writers) Travis Ryan, Richie Fike, Matt Hooper (publishers) Integrity Worship Music, Integrity’s Praise! Music, Life Worship, Travis Ryan Music
‘Even So Come’ – (writers) Jess Cates, Jason Ingram, Chris Tomlin (publisher) S. D. G. Publishing, Sixsteps Songs, Worship Together Music, Open Hands Music, So Essential Tunes, Lily Makes Music.
The actual awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 11, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 pm, CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 16, reaching an estimated 100 million viewers in the U.S., plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 23 through August 30.
For more information, visit the websites: <www.tbn.org>; <www.gospelmusic.org>; <www.doveawards.com>.