The 51st Annual GMA Dove Award winners have been announced via worldwide broadcast, which aired exclusively on TBN. Under the banner of "Carry The Change", the show celebrated Gospel Music’s diversity and promoted unity through dynamic performances and testimonials. The night’s biggest awards went to for KING & COUNTRY for "Artist of the Year", We The Kingdom for "New Artist of the Year", Tasha Cobbs Leonard for "Gospel Artist of the Year" (presented by SoundExchange), and Joseph Habedank for "Southern Gospel Artist of the Year".
Re-imagined to accommodate the absence of a live audience, this year’s Dove Awards featured numerous one-of-a-kind collaborations including a historic performance by "Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year" winner Tauren Wells featuring Christine D’Clario, Jenn Johnson and Jekalyn Carr. More special moments included heartfelt stories from fans about songs that have impacted their lives as well as insights from favorite artists like Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, and Jonathan McReynolds talking about this year’s pandemic pause and the things they’ve experienced through it.
The majority of this year’s GMA Dove Award winners were announced during a special Facebook stream of the Pre-Telecast Awards Presentation, which aired October 29th.
A partial list of winners:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: for KING & COUNTRY
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Tauren Wells
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: We The Kingdom
SONG OF THE YEAR: "Way Maker" - (Writer) Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu, (Publisher) Integrity Music Europe
WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “The Blessing (Live)” - Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship, (Writers) Kari Jobe Carnes, Cody Carnes, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (ARTIST): Zach Williams
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Joseph Habedank
GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
INSPIRATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR: I Still Believe (Directors) Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin, (Producers) Kevin Downes, Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “People” - Jonathan McReynolds
GOSPEL WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Broken Record - Travis Greene, (Producers) Travis Greene, Brunes Charles
RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: MOOD // DOOM - Social Club Misfits, (Producers) Young Sidechain, Dirty Rice, Cardec, Ben Lopez, Colby Wedgeworth, Tedd Tjornhom, Martin Santiago, Dave James, Rey King, Jordan Sapp
RAP/HIP HOP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “Follow God” - Kanye West
SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Aleluya (En La Tierra)” - Elevation Worship, (Producers) Chris Brown, Steven Furtick
Select quotes from artists about the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards:
“I think with the Dove Awards, the uniqueness of it, is that they take all the walls down, take all the divides out and come together to celebrate each other.”- Danny Gokey
“The Dove Awards, from the beginning, said two great things to me - excellence and diversity. To see all the different representations and expressions of Gospel Music, of Christian music, of Jesus music was so beautiful to me.”- Jonathan McReynolds
“It shows all the different styles that make us one, yet that common theme, which is the hope of Jesus, the love of Jesus.”- Natalie Grant