The Gospel Music Association (GMA) hosted the inaugural GMA Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, April 29th in Nashville, Tenn. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. The evening was packed with special tributes and praise for each of the honorees. It was also a memorable time of reunion for many.
The event celebrated those that were inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as individuals and organizations that are impacting the culture through gospel music, internationally, both past and present.
During the ceremony, GMA Hall of Fame inductee Brown Bannister said he was proud of CCM music and expressed how much people that are touched by the music will remember it eternally.
"One encouragement to Christian artists is to tell the truth and be real.” Bannister said.
The first-ever Honors recipients included Dr. Bobby Jones, Don Moen and Michael Guido as well as the non-profit organizations Show Hope and World Vision.
Among the evening’s highlights, David Mullins, (Rich Mullins younger brother,) accepted the CCM legend’s induction to the GMA Hall of Fame on his brother’s behalf. The evening concluded with the induction of the Gaither Vocal Band.
Performances from Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Ellie Bannister Holcomb, David Crowder and Take 6 were part of the evening’s celebration. Smith sang Rich Mullins song “Awesome God.” Grant, Gill and Bannister Holcomb performed a moving rendition of "El Shaddai.” Crowder paid tribute by singing the Gaither penned, “Because He Lives.”
“I love the art of music, but more importantly, I love the message we are able to share,” expressed Inductee Bill Gaither.
“This evening has exceeded all expectations. The power of music was on display tonight. Our industry is full of individuals that share way more than music, they share themselves, their hearts and souls and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it all,” said John Huie, co-chair, GMA Honors.
Huie said the goal of the event was to expand the GMA induction ceremony to include many talented artists and organizations that are making a substantial contribution through Christian music.
This is the first year for GMA Honors. Reportedly, the event received strong industry support.
“What a night! The GMA Foundation is charged with observing our gospel music history and its trailblazers,” noted Jackie Patillo. Executive Director, GMA.
The event was streamed, worldwide. It is also scheduled to air on JUCE TV later this year. For more about the evening, visit www.GMAhalloffame.org.
GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Dove Week, The GMA Hall of Fame Induction and Honors Ceremony and IMMERSE. To learn more about the Gospel Music Association, go to www.GospelMusic.org.