The Gospel Music Association (GMA) handed out honors in 39 categories at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards plus ,special industry recognitions at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobb Leonard hosted the sold-out show. From first-time nominees to legends, the all-star lineup came together for one of Gospel and Christian music’s most memorable nights.
MercyMe received multiple wins at last night’s awards show, winning the notable Artist Of The Year, alongside Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year (Lifer) and Songwriter of the Year Artist (Bart Millard). “Christian music saved my life and it means the world to us, means the world to me,” Bart Millard said. CeCe Winans took home multiple Dove Awards, including gospel artist of the year and contemporary gospel/urban album of the year for Let Them Fall in Love, which was produced by her son Alvin Love III and Tommy Sims.
Zach Williams took home New Artist of the Year.
Gospel music legend Pat Boone received the SoundExchange Fair Play Award.
Selected list of winners:
Artist Of The Year: MercyMe, Fair Trade Services
New Artist Of The Year: Zach Williams, Provident Label Group
Song Of The Year: “What A Beautiful Name” (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing
Contemporary Christian Artist Of The Year: Casting Crowns, Provident Label Group
Gospel Artist Of The Year: CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel
Songwriter Of The Year (Artist): Bart Millard
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album Of The Year: Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope: Reba McEntire (producer) Reba McEntire, Jay DeMarcus, Doug Sisemore
Rap/Hip Hop Album Of The Year: The Waiting Room: Trip Lee, (producers) Gabriel Azucena, James Foye III, John McNeil, Joel McNeil, Alex Median, Allen Swoope, Almondo Cresso, Chris Mackey, Joseph Prielozny, Tyshane Thompson
Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year: Hardlove – NEEDTOBREATHE, (producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Joe Levine, Dave Tozer, Ed Cash, Ido Zmishlany
Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year: Lifer – MercyMe (producers) Ben Glover, David Garcia
Southern Gospel Album Of The Year: Resurrection – Joseph Habedank, (producer) Wayne Haun
Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album Of The Year: Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans, (producers) Alvin Love III, Tommy Sims
Worship Album Of The Year: Never Lose Sight – Chris Tomlin, (producers) Ross Copperman, Jeremy Edwardson, Ed Cash
Producer Of The Year: Bernie Herms
Inspirational Film Of The Year: The Shack – (directors) Stuart Hazeldine (producers) Netter Productions, Summit Entertainment