Nashville is home to the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University tonight at 7:30pm. The show will be hosted by country singer Amy Grant and gospel singer and producer Kirk Franklin.
The awards show honors artists who have made outstanding achievements in Christian music.
Performances will be expected from: Big Daddy Weave, NEEDTOBREATHE, Capital Kings, Colton Dixon, for King & Country, Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, Passion band featuring Kristian Stanfill and Brian & Jenn Johnson, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Rhett Walker Band, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs and TobyMac. Presenters are: Bone Hampton, Brandon Heath, Candace Cameron Bure, Chonda Pierce, David Mann, Dr. Bobby Jones, Isaac Carree, Jaci Velasquez, Joyce Meyer, Lecrae, Mandisa, Mark Lowry, Montell Jordan and Pastor Rick Warren are tapped as presenters.
This year’s Dove nominations are listed in 44 categories here .
After two years of having the event in Atlanta the show has been brought back home to Music City. This will be a great accomplishment for the city since it is one of Christian music’s biggest celebrations.
Amy Grant reveals, "There's so much energy around gospel music right now and I think it's totally fitting that they are back in Nashville, and it kind of gives us the chance to kind of reload the gun.”
Gospel Music Association Executive Director Jackie Patillo said she couldn't comment on the decision to move to Atlanta, but told The Tennessean, "It's appropriate for us to bring it back home."Nashville is quite a hotbed for Christian and gospel artists, as well as our industry, so everybody's excited about it coming back to Nashville."
As the Doves return to Nashville, the Gospel Music Association is keeping the music's effect on the audience in mind. Patillo said the show's theme this year was "celebrating the impact of this music on the culture."
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