This yr’s GMA Dove Awards ceremony, which aired Friday night time (Oct. 21) on TBN and was held on the campus of Nashville’s Lipscomb College, showcased the facility of pairing an incredible tune with the fitting message and the fitting vocalist.
CeCe Winans took residence two trophies, together with the night’s high honor, artist of the yr, capping a robust yr that noticed Winans’ inspirational “Consider for It” spend 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Scorching Gospel Songs chart and attain No. 7 on Christian Airplay. In the course of the GMA Dove Awards, “Consider for It” was named tune of the yr.
In accepting the tune of the yr honor, Winans stated, “It’s superb once we come collectively, love one another and stand for righteousness what God will do…I’m believing for God to maneuver on this trade like He has by no means moved earlier than.”
Newcomer Anne Wilson additionally took residence her first two GMA Dove Awards wins, for brand spanking new artist of the yr, in addition to pop/up to date recorded tune of the yr, for her breakthrough hit “My Jesus.” Throughout her efficiency of the tune, Wilson properly and succinctly used the time to share the story that impressed the tune — the lack of her brother Jacob in 2017, as photographs of her late brother stuffed the display screen behind her.
“I by no means imagined I’d be right here tonight, standing on this stage and attending to be amongst amongst all of you unimaginable artists,” Wilson stated in accepting her new artist of the yr award, earlier than thanking her label workforce at Capitol CMG, administration workforce at Storyhouse Collective and her collaborators on the album. She additionally thanked her late brother Jacob. “You encourage me and that’s why I do what I do, is to honor Jacob. Most of all I wish to thank Jesus for his grace, his mercy and his forgiveness…I’m so grateful for all of the artists on this class as properly. You’re altering lives and I’m so grateful.”
The night started because the Gospel Music Affiliation’s chief Jackie Patillo and Lipscomb College president Candice McQueen welcomed the viewers to rejoice the most effective music that got here from the faith-based neighborhood over the previous yr, beneath the theme “Sound of Heaven.” From there, the night honored artists in a variety of kinds, together with gospel, folks, nation, bluegrass, soul, rap, pop and Spanish-language.
The ceremony opened with Crowder performing the swampy rock tune “Good God Almighty” and later earned rock/up to date recorded tune of the yr for “Greater Energy” that includes Hulvey. Jekalyn Carr provided a soulful, commanding rendition of “My Portion,” and the tune later picked up the GMA Dove Award for conventional gospel recorded tune of the yr. DOE carried out a mash-up of “Once I Pray” and “What I’m Ready For,” and received up to date gospel album of the yr (Readability). Gateway Worship Español provided a stirring bilingual efficiency that blended worship, Latin and rap, and received Spanish language recorded tune of the yr for “Danzando,” which featured Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D’Clario, Travy Joe and Josh Morales.
Phil Wickham picked up songwriter of the yr (artist), whereas his album Hymn of Heaven was named worship album of the yr and the title monitor was named worship recorded tune of the yr. He additionally carried out his four-week No. 1 Billboard Christian Airplay hit “Home of the Lord.” His acceptance speech was stuffed with gratitude as he famous he has been main worship in varied church providers since he was in his early teenagers.
The matters of loss and rejuvenation have been touched on all through the night, as TobyMac thanked the viewers for his or her assist and prayers following the lack of his eldest son, Truett, in 2019.
“I assumed I’d by no means write one other tune, a lot much less a tune that’s uptempo,” TobyMac famous, earlier than performing the joyous tune “The Goodness” with Blessing Offor. Earlier this yr, the tune grew to become a three-week No. 1 on the Christian Airplay chart.
Final yr, the inaugural GMA Management Award was given to GMA chief Patillo, and this yr, the glory was awarded to CAA’s John Huie, who has labored with Amy Grant, DC Discuss, Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman and extra.
Later within the night, Smith launched his longtime pal and fellow CCM luminary Steven Curtis Chapman, who launched his efficiency with a medley of his earlier hits, together with “The Nice Journey” and “Divin’ In,” earlier than performing “Don’t Lose Coronary heart” from his new album Nonetheless.
“Thirty-five years glided by in a rush,” Chapman quipped.
Jason Ingram (who has labored with Elevation Worship, Maverick Metropolis Music, Winans, Lauren Daigle and others) was named songwriter of the yr (non-artist), whereas producer of the yr went to Jeff Pardo (who has labored on tasks for Wilson, Crowder, Newsboys and extra). Household trio The Sound received their first GMA Dove Award, for bluegrass/nation/roots album (God Is Actual). Rap/Hip Hop recorded tune of the yr went to “King Jesus” from KB and nobigdyl, whereas pop/up to date album of the yr went to for King & Nation’s What Are We Ready For? (the brother duo additionally received within the quick kind music video of the yr/idea class for “Relate,” in addition to lengthy kind video of the yr.
Maverick Metropolis Music received two honors in the course of the night, together with gospel worship recorded tune of the yr (“Breathe”) in addition to gospel worship album of the yr with Tribl, for Tribl Nights Atlanta.
Because the night started to attract to an in depth, Winans took the stage after being named because the recipient of the night’s greatest honor, artist of the yr. In lieu of a standard acceptance speech, she gracefully sang a refrain of “To God Be The Glory,” because the viewers joined in, making a uniting, impromptu a cappella choir.
For a full record of the night’s winners go to doveawards.com.