For King + Country and writer/producer Jeff Pardo lead the night with three wins apiece
The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were presented Tuesday night, October 18 in Nashville to a sold-out audience. The show aired tonight (Friday October 21), exclusively on TBN and was simulcast on SiriusXM The Message. Co-hosts Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin led the music star night with performances from across the community including gospel, Latin, hip hop and southern gospel.
Iconic artist CeCe Winans made history at this year’s Dove Awards as the first black solo artist to win Entertainer of the Year. During the acceptance of her award, instead of an acceptance speech, she sang a few lines of the anthem “To God Be The Glory”, moving many onlookers to tears. She and the “Believe For It” co-writers also received the Song of the Year award. Throughout her incredible career, CeCe has won 25 Dove Awards, including the first-ever New Artist of the Year award in 1988 with her brother BeBe Winans.
For King + Country and writer/producer Jeff Pardo led the night with three awards each with Pardo winning Producer of the Year and For King + Country winning Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Anne Wilson took home two awards, including New Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “My Jesus.”
The theme for this year’s show was Sound of Heaven, highlighting how all the different styles of Christian and gospel music come together under one banner of hope.
“The music created by the artists gathered tonight covers a lot of ground in terms of style,” says Tomlin, “but collectively they represent the sound of heaven.”
“We are bringing it all together to unite into one for the kingdom of God,” Campbell adds. “One mind, one voice, giving glory to God. It is the sound of heaven.
The evening was filled with unique performances, moments of respectful worship and joyful celebrations. In a touching and personal moment, TobyMac paused before his performance of “The Goodness” with Blessing Offor to address the crowd.
“Thank you for the kindness you showed me and my family as we walked through the deepest valley losing my firstborn son. Thank you for your thoughts and thank you for your prayers,” TobyMac shares. “We felt surrounded by love. And that’s how the body of Christ should feel, so thank you. There were times when I never thought I would write another song, let alone a fast tempo song or a song that sounded like joy. But God is good. He may not always give us what we want, or take away the pain, but He is here with us. He does not leave. He stays.”
The evening also included a unique southern gospel tribute with an all-female band featuring performers Karen Peck, Kim Hopper, The Nelons and High Road, as well as a performance by Gateway Worship Español featuring Christine D’Clario, Josh Morales, Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos and Travy Joe. Steven Curtis Chapman kicked off his performance with an exuberant look back at his 35-year career singing a medley of “The Great Adventure”, “Lord Of The Dance” and “Dive”.
Artist of the Year: CeCe Winans
New Artist of the Year: Anne Wilson
Songwriter of the Year – Non-Artist: Jason Ingram
Songwriter of the Year – Artist: Phil Wickham
Song of the Year: “Believe it”
Producer of the Year: Jeff Pardo
Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year: “King Jesus” – KB, nobigdyl.
Cult album of the year: Anthem of Heaven – Phil Wickham
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year “God is good” – Francesca Battistelli
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: “My Feet Are on the Rock” – Gaither Vocal Group
Recorded Bluegrass/Country/Roots Song of the Year: “In The Sweet By and By” – Dolly Parton, ft. Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker
Traditional song of the year recorded in the Gospel: “My Portion” – Jekalyn Carr
Spanish Recorded Song of the Year: “Danzando” – Gateway Worship Español, ft. Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D’Clario, Travy Joe, Josh Morales
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year: God is Real – The Sound
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: “Higher Power” – CROWDER, ft. Hulvey
Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year: “Breathe” – Maverick City Music, ft. DOE, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: “My Jesus” – Anne Wilson
Recorded Song of the Year in Contemporary Gospel: “I Gotta Believe” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Cult Recorded Song of the Year: “Anthem of Heaven” – Phil Wickham
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: No church for a while – Lecrae, 1K Phew
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: Into the Mystery – NEEDTOBREATHE
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: What are we waiting for – for KING & COUNTRY
Inspirational Album of the Year: Be Still and Know – Jordan Smith
Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Keeping On – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year: Clarity – DOE
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: Breakthrough: Exodus (Live) – Ricky Dillard
Gospel Worship Album of the Year: Tribl Nights Atlanta – Tribl, Maverick City Music
Spanish Language Album of the Year: Viviré – Marcos Witt
Youth Album of the Year: Getty Kids Hymnal – House Hymns – Keith & Kristyn Getty, ft. The Getty Girls
Christmas Album/Special Event of the Year: Emmanuel: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) – Chris Tomlin
Musical/Choir Collection of the Year: give me jesus
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Canyon – Ellie Holcomb
Short Music Video of the Year (Concept): “RELATE” – for KING & COUNTRY
Short Music Video of the Year (Performance): “Fake It” – Tauren Wells, ft. Aaron Cole
Long Form Video of the Year: What are we waiting for? | The Global Special – for KING & COUNTRY
Inspirational Movie/Series of the Year: The chosen