NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Gospel Music Association celebrated the 50th Annual Dove Awards with a sold out crowd in Nashville, TN. The special evening shined a light on Christian and Gospel music's rich and diverse history and showcased the future of exceptional artistry. The awards will be televised on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Sunday, October 20 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST. The big winners of the night were songwriter Jason Ingram with four Dove Awards, and 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.”
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. Performers included artists both familiar and new: Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Hillsong Worship, Jekalyn Carr, MercyMe, TobyMac, Kelontae Gavin and many more lit up the stage for the evening.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Lauren Daigle
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: TobyMac
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Aaron Cole
SONG OF THE YEAR: "You Say" - writers Jason Ingram, Paul Mabury, Lauren Daigle, (publishers) CentricSongs, Fellow Ships Music, Flychild Publishing, So Essential Tunes
POP / CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “God Only Knows” for KING & COUNTRY; (writers) Joel Smallbone, Jordan Reynolds, Josh Kerr, Luke Smallbone, Tedd Tjornhom
POP / CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Look Up Child Lauren Daigle; (producers) Jason Ingram, Paul Mabury
ROCK / CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Native Tongue Switchfoot; (producers) Brent Kutzle, Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Tyler Chester, Tyler Spry
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (ARTIST): Bart Millard
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Gaither Vocal Band
GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Kirk Franklin
INSPIRATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR: Breakthrough (director) Roxann Dawson (producers) DeVon Franklin and Jessica Dunn
This is an honor for many reasons but one, to see the support of so many people- it's overwhelming." - Lauren Daigle, "Artist of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year"
"There’s richness in diversity, and I’m seeing it tonight. It’s something we have to take into this world. We are required to share this love with the world. We are beautiful when we are together." - TobyMac, "Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year"