Christian & Gospel Music Honored At 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Christian & Gospel Music Honored At 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards

The 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out tonight in the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards will be televised on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET. The big winner was first-time nominee, newcomer Tauren Wells, who took home four awards, including Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and New Artist of The Year. Superstar Zach Williams took home Artist of the Year. The night was fiiled with many remarkable performances, including first time collaborations including Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly, Jason Crabb and Rascal Flatts, as well as Natalie Grant and Koryn Hawthorne. See the full list of winners here.

Select quotes from the 49th Annal GMA Doves Awards:
“I was literally in the back with my pants undone changing…then i heard my name and ran. ‘What award is this? ..New Artist of the Year?’ I am so thankful for this privilege. Thank You!” – Tauren Wells on accepting New Artist of the Year

“What a privilege this is. Isn’t it just like the Lord to take our failures and our overall jacked-up mess and turn it into someothing beautiful. He takes our disappointments and turns them into a dance floor. He allows us to be kids again.” – Cory Asbury, co-writer of Song of the Year “Reckless Love”

“When you’re a little kid in Alabama singin’ gospel songs….you never think someday you’ll win an award for doing what you love.” Bradley Walker – winner for Bluegrass/Country Roots Album

“I was at the first Dove Awards as a child. I remember being in those bleachers wishing I could be Stryper. You know you are old when a kid says you like the man from the UP movie.” Mark Lowry

“The performances were second to none and offered glory and revenant love to our father and his kingdom, ” says GMA President and Executive Director Jackie Patillo.

Artist of the Year
Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Music Australia / Capital CMG
MercyMe, Fair Trade Services
NEEDTOBREATHE, Atlantic Records
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
Zach Williams, Provident Label Group – WINNER

Song of the Year
“All My Hope” – (writers) David Crowder, Ed Cash
“Blessings” – (writers) Allen Swoope, Asheton Hogan, Lecrae Moore, Maurice Simmonds, Tyrone Williams Griffin, Jr.
“Broken Things” – (writers) Andrew Jacob Pruis, Jason Houser, Matthew West
“Control (Somehow You Want Me)” – (writers) Jason Ingram, Matt Bronleewe, Mike Donehey
“Different” – (writers) Kyle Lee, Micah Tyler
“Hills and Valleys” – (writers) Chuck Butler, Jonathan Smith, Tauren Wells
“I just need U.” – (writers) Blake NeeSmith, Bryan Fowler, Kevin McKeehan
“I’ll Find You” – (writers) Danny Majic, John Mitchell, Justin Franks, Lecrae Moore, Natalie Sims, Sasha Venmo loan, Victoria Kelly
“O’Lord” – (writers) Joe Williams, Paul Mabury
“Old Church Choir” – (writers) Colby Wedgeworth, Ethan Hulse, Zach Williams
Reckless Love (writers) Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson – WINNER
“So Will I (100 Billion X)” (writers) Benjamin Hastings, Joel Houston, Michael Fatkin
“Unfinished” – (writers) Ben Glover, Colby Wedgeworth

New Artist of the Year
Cory Asbury, Bethel Music
Koryn Hawthorne, RCA Inspiration
Mosaic MSC, Essential Worship
Pat Barrett, Capitol CMG
Tauren Wells, Provident Label Group – WINNER

Gospel Artist of the Year
CeCe Winans, Puresprings Gospel / Thirty Tigers
Jekalyn Carr, Lunjeal Music Group
Kirk Franklin, RCA Inspiration
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel – WINNER
Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year
for KING & COUNTRY, Word Label Group
MercyMe, Fair Trade Services
Tauren Wells, Provident Music Group –WINNER
TobyMac, Capitol CMG
Zach Williams, Essential Records

Worship Song of the Year
“Do It Again” – (writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, Steven Furtick
“Reckless Love” – (writers) Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson – WINNER
“So Will I (100 Billion X)” – (writers) Benjamin Hastings, Joel Houston, Michael Fatkin – WINNER
“Spirit of the Living God” – (writers) Jacob Sooter, Mia Fieldes
“Tremble” – (writers) Andres Figueroa, Hank Bentley, Mariah McManus, Mia Fieldes

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“All My Hope” – Crowder, (writers) David Crowder, Ed Cash
“O’Lord”– LaurenDaigle, (writers)JoeWilliams, Paul Mabury
“When We Pray” – Tauren Wells, (writers) Colby Wedgeworth, Ethan Hulse, Tauren Wells
“I just need U.” – TobyMac, (writers) Blake NeeSmith, Bryan Fowler, Toby McKeehan
“Old Church Choir” – Zach Williams, (writers) Colby Wedgeworth, Ethan Hulse, Zach Williams – WINNER

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
“Not Today Satan (ft. Andy Mineo) ” – KB, (writers) Andrew Mineo, Chris Mackey, Jacob Cardec, Joseph Prielozny, Kevin Burgess
“War Cry (ft. Tauren Wells)” – Social Club Misfits, (writers) Andrew Wells, David Frank, Fernando Miranda, John Thomas Roach, Martin Santiago, Tommee Profitt – WINNER
“SMILE” – Tedashii, (writers) Lasanna Harris, Marquis Rachad, Philip Green, Shama Joseph, Tedashii Anderson
“Forever” – Trip Lee, (writers) Jacob Cardec, William Barfield
“Praying Hands (ft. Trip Lee)” – Ty Brasel, (writers) Kenneth Christian Mackey, Ty Brasel

Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year
“I Got That” – Anthony Brown & group therAPy, (writer) Anthony Brown
“A Great Work” – Brian Courtney Wilson, (writers) Aaron W. Lindsey, Alvin Richardson, Brian Courtney Wilson
“Not Lucky, I’m Loved” – Jonathan McReynolds, (writers) Jonathan McReynolds, Terrell Demetrius Wilson
“Won’t He Do It” – Koryn Hawthorne and Roshon Fegan, (writers) Loren Hill, Makeba Riddick, Rich Shelton – WINNER
“You (ft. Tye Tribbett)” – Snoop Dogg, (writers) Jovan J. Dawkins, Jevon Hill, Stanley Green Jr, Timothy Tyrone Bush Jr, Tye Tribbett Southern

Southern Gospel Song of the Year
“He Can Take It” – Brian Free & Assurance, (writers) Jeff Bumgardner, Kenna Turner West, Sue C. Smith
“Clear Skies” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun
“Hallelujah Band” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writers) Becca Mizell, Sam Mizell
“Washed By The Water” – Jason Crabb, (writers) Dave Barnes, Jason Crabb, Jordan Reynolds – WINNER
“Just When You Thought” – Joseph Habedank, (writers) Joseph Habedank, Michael Farren, Wayne Haun

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“Walking On Water” – NEEDTOBREATHE, (writers) Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Matt Maher – WINNER
“Gone” – RED, (writers) Anthony Armstrong, Jason McArthur, Michael Barnes, Randy Armstrong, Rob Graves
“Brave” – Skillet, (writers) John L. Cooper, Korey Cooper, Seth Mosley

Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year
“The Name Of Our God” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard, (writers) Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Natasha Leonard
“Your Great Name” – Todd Dulaney, (writers) Dontaniel Jamel Kimbrough, Todd Dulaney
“You Waited” – Travis Greene, (writer) Travis Greene – WINNER

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Wonder – Hillsong UNITED, (producers) Joel Houston, Michael Guy Chislett
Out Of The Dark – Mandisa, (producers) Ben Glover, Bryan Fowler, Christopher Stevens, Colby Wedgeworth, David Garcia, Mike X O’Connor, Seth Mosley
All In – Matthew West, (producers) Andrew Jacob Pruis, David Garcia, Pete Kipley
Different – Micah Tyler, (producers) Colby Wedgeworth, Hank Bentley, Kyle Lee
Hills and Valleys – Tauren Wells, (producers) Bernie Herms, Brent Milligan, Casey Brown, Chuck Butler, Colby Wedgeworth, Jordan Sapp – WINNER

Worship Album of the Year
Reckless Love – Cory Asbury, (producers) Jason Ingram, Paul Mabury – WINNER
There Is More – Hillsong Worship, (producers) Michael Guy Chislett, Brooke Ligertwood
Love Has A Name – Jesus Culture, (producer) Jeremy Edwardson
Good News – Rend Collective, (producers) Gareth Gilkeson, Bryan Fowler, Ed Cash, Ben Tan, Michael Fatkin
Bright Faith Bold Future – Vertical Worship, (producer) Jonathan Smith

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
Today We Rebel – KB, (producers) Benjamin Backus, Blair Andre “Supe” Atkinson, Chris “Dirty Rice” Mackey, Clinton Lightfoot, D. Hood, David L. Baker, Dominique Hubbard, Deon On The Track, G Roc, Halo Kitz, Howard Reeves, Jacob Cardec, Joseph Prielozny, Juice Bangers, Mykallife, Natalie Sims, Scootie, William Josiah – WINNER
Crooked – Propaganda, (producers) Courtland Urbano, Daniel Steele, JR
INTO THE NIGHT – Social Club Misfits, (producers) 42 North, Al Cres, Alex Medina, Andrew Wells, Beam, Ben Lopez, Daniel Steele, Elvin “Wit” Shahbazian, Jaime Zeluck Hindlin, John Smythe, Rey King, Rugah Rahj, Tommee Profitt, Young Sidechain

Songwriter of the Year
Matthew West – WINNER
Tauren Wells
Zach Williams


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