This year, to commemorate their golden anniversary, the GMA Dove Awards celebrated the many milestones of Christian Music, memories and more, from the last 50 years, reminding all of us of the hard work and extraordinary people who have helped pave this path of Christian Music, and in giving us an incredible sound that has evolved throughout the years.
It was a night of much celebration, as we all took a moment to recognize and truly appreciate those who have gone before us, in celebrating the Lord through this “joy and music.”
The evening began with TobyMac onstage performing his song, and title track off his latest album, “The Elements.” The Elements is his eighth studio album, released on October 18, 2018, on ForeFront Records, and was nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.
The awards show was held ‘live’ on October 15 in Nashville, Tennessee and will air exclusively on TBN, October 20 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.
This year’s performers included Casting Crowns, Matthew West, GAWVI, Tedashii, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ledger, Karen Peck and New River, Joseph Habedan, Triumphant Quartet, Bill Gaither, Gaither Vocal Band, Matt Maher, Mark Lowry, Bart Millard, Michael English, Russ Taff, David Phelps, Riley Clemmons, Aaron Cole, Austin French, Josh Baldwin, Kelontae Gavin, MercyMe, Lecrae, Phil Wickham, Brian Johnson and the Bethel Music Band, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Cece Winans, TobyMac, Hillsong Worship and Kirk Franklin, with Anthony Brown, Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Donald Lawrence, Dr. Bobby Jones, for KING & COUNTRY, Francesca Battistelli, Jeremy Camp, Josh Turner, Kari Jobe, Kathie Lee Gifford, Koryn Hawthorne, Natalie Grant, Pastor Brian Houston, Pat Barrett, Tauren Wells, Travis Greene and Pat Boone joining the show as presenters.
The big winners of the night were songwriter Jason Ingram with four Dove Awards and superstar Lauren Daigle, who took home three awards. Daigle won awards for “Song of the Year,” “Artist of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.” Composer Wayne Haun along with producer Paul Mabury also won three awards while Gospel singer Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Lecrae took two. First-time winners of the night included Aaron Cole, “New Artist of the Year,” Phil Wickham, “Worship Recorded Song of the Year,” and Keith and Kristyn Getty, “Inspirational Album of the Year.”
“This is an honor for many reasons but one, to see the support of so many people – it’s overwhelming,” states Lauren Daigle, “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.”
Tribute performances included an iconic on-stage collaboration featuring Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, and Michael W. Smith, as well as a Bill and Gloria Gaither tribute.
Viewers can locate this year’s Dove Awards broadcast on TBN by locating it on the network’s channel finder. Watch TBN on their livestream HERE or download the all-new app to view TBN on your Apple or Android devices.
Since 1969 the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian Music. The show celebrates our rich musical diversity from the past, present and future of Gospel and Christian music.
Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more.