Hosted by Kirk Franklin and Amy Grant, winners of the Dove Awards were named in Nashville for the first time in two years. Airing on October 21 on UP TV, The show came back home to Allen Arena after a short stay in Atlanta.
Franklin assured Doves founder Bill Gaither, who was seated in front: “Tonight, there will be no twerking.”
But that does not mean the performances were not tweet-worthy.
Tasha Cobb, a 5-time nominee, performed her "Break Every Chain" and won 3 Doves that night, including one for Best Urban Gospel performance.
Cobb gave God all the credit for her success: "My desire is for everyone under the sound of my voice to experience God in the manner in which I experience him. So, when you talk about 'performance of the year,' it never fails that every time I step out desiring more of him, He never ceases to perform."
Tamela Mann earned 2 Doves, including one for Best Traditional Gospel song, "Take Me to the King," which was another standout performance on the show.
DC transplant, rapper Trip Lee (he's originally from Dallas) also blazed the stage, giving the hip hop lovers in the audience something to bob their heads to.
Winners in the top categories follow:
Dove Awards Top Category Winners
Artist of the Year: TobyMac
Song of the Year: “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman, (writers) Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin
Songwriter of the Year: Matt Redman
Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman
Southern Gospel Performance of the Year: “What The Blood Is For,” Jason Crabb
Gospel Performance of the Year: “Break Every Chain,” Tasha Cobbs
New Artist of the Year: for King & Country
For a full list of winners go to www.gma.org.
Producer of the Year: Ed Cash