Established in 1969, the Dove Awards were suggested by Gospel singer and songwriter Bill Gaither at a Gospel Music Association board meeting in 1968. The first Dove Awards ceremony was held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN in October 1969. The awards show moved to Nashville, TN in 1971 before transferring to Atlanta, GA in 2011 and 2012. The ceremony is moving back to Nashville for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards on Oct. 15, 2013 to honor the artists who excel in several genres of Christian and gospel music.
The Dove Awards represent the biggest night in the gospel music industry and honor nominees in 42 categories. This year’s honorees include Chris Tomlin, Francesca Battistelli, Lecrae, Tamela Mann, TobyMac, Capital Kings, Colton Dixon, for King & Country, Rhett Walker Band, and Tasha Cobbs among many others. Gospel music superstars Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin will host and perform at the 44th Annual Dove Awards show at David Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena which will be broadcast on Mon., Oct. 21 at 8:00pm ET on UP.
The awards show has become an annual look back at some of the people who created or performed the music that has defined four and a half decades of Christian music. Through the years the Dove Awards have honored and showcased some of the finest performers in or associated with gospel music. Artists like Sandi Patty, Gary Chapman, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael English, Yolanda Adams, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, Natalie Grant, Jars of Clay, Nicole C. Mullen, Rich Mullins, The Crabb Family, Newsboys, Sixpence None the Richer, dc Talk, First Call, The Oak Ridge Boys, Whitney Houston, and The Imperials, not to mention Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, have walked away with at least one Dove, sometimes a whole flock of Doves.
Performers and personalities appearing with Grant and Franklin at this year’s show include a Who’s Who of today’s top gospel artists such as the Gaither Vocal Band, Michael W. Smith, Tamela Mann, TobyMac, Dr. Bobby Jones, Jaci Velasquez, Lecrae, Isaac Carree, and Pastor Rick Warren.
Tickets for the 44th Annual Dove Awards are available at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at www.ticketsnashville.com.
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