The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 42 categories for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The conference was also streamed live on www.hearitfirst.com/live. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will air the awards show on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the US, plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 26th through September 9th. All tabulations certified by the independent accounting firm, Kraft CPAs PLLC.
Wayne Haun leads all nominations with 12 and artists Hillsong United, Lecrae, Mandisa and Matt Maher have 5 nominations apiece.
“Congratulations to all the nominees of the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards,” said Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association. “The Doves celebrate the impact of all genres of Gospel music, recognizing talent, ministry and outstanding performances. It is an honor and a privilege to once again have Lipscomb University as our host for Gospel music’s biggest event of the year. Dr. Lowry and his staff work diligently along side us to create an event that has many moving parts.”
“To be announcing that the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards have a new home with TBN generates a lot of excitement for our organization. Not only do our organizations align in mission, but TBN will get the show and our music out to a greater audience than ever before. With their global and multi-platform enabled technology, virtually everyone, anywhere will be able to watch this year’s show,” continued Patillo.
“Once again the GMA Dove Awards will bring together the best and brightest singer, songwriters, musicians, and professionals in Gospel and Christian music,” said Matthew Crouch, Vice President of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. “And TBN, the leader in Christian television and America’s most-watched faith channel, is honored to serve as the exclusive broadcast host for this night of unforgettable and life-changing music.”
The nominees in 20 categories were revealed today during the press conference and Included here are six of the top categories announced today.
Song of the Year
“Fix My Eyes” – for KING & COUNTRY, (writers) Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone (publishers) CentricSongs/2 Hour Songs/Warner Tamerlane/Kilns Music/Shankel Songs/WB Music Corp/Method To The Madness
“Hello My Name Is” – Matthew West, (writer) Matthew West (publishers) Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/External Combustion Music/Songs for Delaney/Warner/Chappell Music, LLC
“Hurricane” – Natalie Grant, (writers) Natalie Grant, Matt Bronleewe, Cindy Morgan (publisher) SeeSee Bubba Songs/Tunes Of R And T Direct/Razor & Tie Music Publishing, LLC/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Forest For The Trees Music/Checkpointchicky Music/Seems Like Music/Music Services
“I Can Trust Him” – The Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, (publishers) PsalmSinger Music/DaySpring Music/Songs From The Inside
“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher, (writers) Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, (publishers) sixsteps Music/Sweater Weather Music/Thankyou Music/Valley Of Songs Music/worshiptogether.com songs/EMI Christian Music Publishing
“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED, (writers) Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing/EMICMGPublishing.com
“Overcomer” – Mandisa, (writers) David Garcia, Christopher Stevens, Ben Glover (publishers) Ariose Music/9T One Songs/Meaux Mercy/LarryDavid Music/Capitol CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/D Soul Music
“Revival” – Karen Peck and New River, (writers) Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress (publishers) Christian Taylor Music/ClearBox Rights/Integrity Worship Music/Eight Oaks Music/Karen Peck Music
“Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance, (writers) Jason Cox, Michael Farren, Kenna Turner West, (publishers) Christian Taylor Music/Winding Way Music/ClearBox Rights/Farren Love and War Music/Wordspring Music
“That’s Why” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, (publishers) Ernie Sig Sound Music/Hefton Hill Music/PsalmSinger Music/Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs
Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
1 Girl Nation
Hillsong Young & Free
Love & The Outcome
Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year
Fix My Eyes – for KING & COUNTRY
Hurricane – Natalie Grant
Lord I Need You – Matt Maher
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong UNITED
Overcomer – Mandisa
Southern Gospel Performance of the Year
Love Is Stronger – Jason Crabb
Revival – Karen Peck and New River
Say Amen – Brian Free & Assurance
Search Me O God – Cathedrals Family Reunion
That’s Why – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gospel Performance of the Year
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
Help (feat. Lecrae) – Erica Campbell
I Can Only Imagine – Tamela Mann
I Love The Lord – Natalie Grant
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett
Brandon Heath, Flame, Gordon Mote, KB, Jonathan McReynolds, Karen Peck, Love & The Outcome, Natalie Grant, Tasha Cobbs, TobyMac and Wayne Haun delivered the news during today’s press conference. Salem Communication’s Doug Griffin from 94FM The Fish and Caroline Lusk from CCM Magazine helped to welcome the artists participating in the nominations press conference. The GMA Dove Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, will feature artists from every style of Gospel/Christian music coming together to celebrate the impact of its music.
Hearitfirst.com will live stream the red carpet, pre-telecast and other non-broadcast show activities, including never before seen backstage access.
Tickets to the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at www.ticketsnashville.com. Ticket prices range from $35.00 to $200.00.