Hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards were recently hosted in Nashville at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena on Tuesday, October 15. The show is set to air exclusively on UP television (www.UPtv.com) on Monday, October 21 at 8 p.m. EDT.
A few of the highlights from the night of Christian and Gospel music included an evening of performances and special tributes as awards were handed out in 42 categories.
The 44th Annual GMA Dove Award Telecast Winners included: Artist of the Year – TobyMac (ForeFront Records); New Artist of the Year – for King & Country (Fervent); Song of the Year – “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” Matt Redman (artist), Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin (writers) ThankYou Music (publisher); Pop Contemporary Album – Eye On It, TobyMac, (producers) David Garcia, Toby Mckeehan, Christopher Stevens, Jamie Moore, Telemitry; Rap/Hip Hop Album – Gravity, Lecrae, (producers) Heat Academy, Joseph Prielozmy, J.R., The Watchmen, Dru Castro, Uford Ebong, Tyshane, Thainnacircle, DJ Kahalil, Zach Crowell, Dirty Rice, DJ Official and Rudy Currance; Southern Gospel Performance – “What The Blood is For” Jason Crabb, Gaither Music Group (producer) Wayne Haun; Gospel Performance – “Break Every Chain”, Tasha Cobbs (producer) VaShawn Mitchell and Praise & Worship Album – Burning Lights, Chris Tomlin (producers) Jason Ingram, Ed Cash and Dan Muckala.
Matt Redman led the awards with six, followed by TobyMac and Jason Crabb, who were honored with four awards each. Tasha Cobb and producer Wayne Haun nabbed three awards each. Chris Tomlin, Tamela Mann and LeCrea each received two GMA Dove Awards.
“It feels weird to be called 'Artist of the Year' when I know it takes a family and I always want to acknowledge that. I said in one of my songs a long time ago, I'm just a little man trying to fit in God's plan. I still feel like that,” said TobyMac.
Other highlights from the evening included moving tributes to Billy Graham by Michael W. Smith and the Newsboys. Additionally, vocalists Karen Peck, Daily & Vincent, Signature Sound and the Isaacs honored the Gaither Vocal Band in a remarkable rendition of “He Touched Me.”
In other award related news, UP, formerly GMC TV, surprised Mandisa by honoring her with their “Uplift Someone” award. The ‘Uplift Someone’ award represents the organization’s core values of uplifting and inspiring others and recognizes an artist who through the message of their music and acts of positivity and kindness, has encouraged people across the nation and truly changed lives.
Presented to Mandisa by Grammy® Award-winning artist Amy Grant, the network granted the award to the singer “for her music, message and humanitarian heart, all of which (individually and collectively) have inspired others.”