Top row L to R: Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin. Bottom row L to R: Crowder, Kirk Franklin, NEEDTOBREATHE.
LAUREN DAIGLE AND ZACH WILLIAMS LEADING ARTIST NOMINATIONS WITH FIVE EACH
CHRIS TOMLIN, CROWDER, KIRK FRANKLIN AND NEEDTOBREATHE HONORED WITH FOUR NODS EACH
Awards to be held live Tuesday, October 17 at Lipscomb University and will air on TBN on Sunday, October 22 at 8 p.m. CT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 9, 2017) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the nominees for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Lipscomb 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 22, reaching over 100 million viewers in the U.S., plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 21 through August 28.
Zach Williams and Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations with five, followed by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE with four nods each. Top nominated writer/producer Wayne Haun scored six nods, and Bernie Herms and David Garcia have five nods each. View the full list of nominees here: http://doveawards.com/awards/2017-nominees.
“I’m thrilled to celebrate another year of Dove Awards nominations!” GMA President Jackie Patillo stated. “Our artists and creatives sacrifice year-round to share their sound with the world. Our theme this year is Sound the Remedy; we believe the message of Gospel and Christian music offers God’s remedy to the world.”
The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. 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 or to purchase tickets to the show, visit www.doveawards.com.
The nominees in the following categories were revealed on Facebook Live today:
Artist of the Year
Chris Tomlin, sixsteprecords/Sparrow Records for KING & COUNTRY, Word Entertainment Hillsong United, Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow Records MercyMe, Fair Trade Services TobyMac, ForeFront Records
Song Of The Year
“Chain Breaker” – (writers) Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, Zach Williams “Come Alive (Dry Bones)” – (writers) Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren “Even If” – (writers) Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis, David Garcia, Tim Timmons “Eye Of The Storm” – (writers) Bryan Fowler, Ryan Stevenson “Feel Invincible” – (writers) John Cooper, Seth Mosley “Great Are You Lord” – (writers) David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan “King Of The World” – (writers) Sam Mizell, Becca Mizell, Natalie Grant “O Come To The Altar” – (writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye “The Lion & The Lamb” – (writers) Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring “Thy Will” – (writers) Bernie Herms, Emily Lynn Weisband, Hillary Scott “What a Beautiful Name” – (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood
Worship Song of the Year
“Ever Be” – (writers) Bobby Strand, Chris Greely, Gabriel Wilson, Kalley Heiligenthal “Fierce” – (writers) Chris Quilala, Joshua Silverberg, Mia Fieldes “O Come To The Altar” – (writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye “The Lion & The Lamb” – (writers) Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring “What a Beautiful Name” – (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood
Contemporary Gospel/Urban Worship Album of the Year
Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans Worship Journal Live – Fred Hammond One Way – Tamela Mann Secret Place – Vashawn Mitchell Demonstrate – William Murphy
New Artist of the Year
Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot Records Micah Tyler, Fair Trade Services Social Club Misfits, Capitol CMG Label Group Steven Malcolm, Word Entertainment Zach Williams,Provident Label Group
Gospel Artist of The Year
CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel Kirk Franklin, Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Inspiration Tamela Mann, TillyMann Music Group Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year
“Don’t Give Up On Me” – Bradley Walker “Little White Church House” – Doug Anderson “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace” – The Nelons “Back to God” – Reba McEntire “Rocks” – The Isaacs
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
The Very Next Thing – Casting Crowns Rise – Danny Gokey The River – Jordan Feliz Lifer – MercyMe Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
Inspirational Film Of The Year
“Ben Hur” – (producers) LightWorkers Media, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sean Daniel Company “The Case For Christ” – (producers) Triple Horse Studios, Pure Flix Entertainment “I’m Not Ashamed” – (producers) Visible Pictures, Big Film Factory, Pure Flix Entertainment “Priceless” – (producer) Roadside Attractions “The Shack” – (producers) Netter Productions, Summit Entertainment
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.