The Gospel Music Association (GMA) handed out honors in 39 categories at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards last night, plus special industry recognitions, at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobb Leonard hosted the sold-out show and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST.
MercyMe was named Artist of the Year and Zach Williams took home New Artist of the Year. Gospel music legend Pat Boone received the SoundExchange Fair Play Award. From first-time nominees to legends, the all-star lineup came together for one of Gospel and Christian music's most memorable nights.
Song of the Year was Hillsong's 'What A Beautiful Name' (see video below), while Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year went to Casting Crowns.
Rock Album of the Year was 'Hardlove' by Needtobreathe, Pop Album of the Year was 'Lifer' by MercyMe, and Worship Album of the Year was 'Never Lose Sight' by Chris Tomlin.
"Something I’ve come to realize in my life in the last few years is that worship is more about seeing than singing", said Chris Tomlin. "It's having your eyes open to the grace of God, the mercy of God, the goodness of God and the holiness of God. I always thought that I just helped people sing with my songs, but I realized that they were really trying to help people see the goodness of God."
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):
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:
INSPIRATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR:
The Shack - (directors) Stuart Hazeldine (producers) Netter Productions, Summit Entertainment
Image by Grant Exline for Lipscomb University