The 44th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, returned to Nashville, Tennessee. Just as the IBMA moved their awards show to Raleigh, North Carolina, the GMA returns to the music city. For more than four decades, the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Gospel music. The most anticipated music event of the year for fans and industry alike, the show celebrates our rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Urban, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Praise and Worship and more!
This year's awards saw significant changes including the removal of the Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Group of the Year categories from the voting process. These three categories were added: Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance of the Year, and Gospel Performance of the Year. A film category for Inspirational Film of the Year was also added.
Several highlights of the evening included touching tributes by Michael W. Smith and the Newsboys to Billy Graham. Talented vocalists Karen Peck, Daily & Vincent, Signature Sound and the Isaacs honored the Gaither Vocal Band in a stunning collaboration of “He Touched Me.”
Dailey & Vincent captured the Bluegrass Album of the year with The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent. They captured this title in 2011 also. Devin McGlamery's Country Song of the year "From My Rags to His Riches" with Dailey & Vincent was also honored. The Little Roy & Lizzy Show were awarded the Bluegrass Song for "He Washed My Soul."
Nominees for Bluegrass Song of the Year included Gaither Vocal Band for "Come to Jesus", The Little Roy & Lizzy Show for "He Washed My Soul", and The Oak Ridge Boys for "Standing in the Need of Prayer". Congratulations to The Little Roy & Lizzy Show.
Dailey & Vincent released The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent, their first all gospel album to rave reviews. Two songs from that album made it to the final round of nominations. The opening track, "Living in the Kingdom of God", on The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent, captured a nod for Bluegrass Song of the Year as did the third track, "Peace That Covers All the Pain".
Jeff & Sheri Easter captured the Country Album for Eyes Wide Open. Jason Crabb captured four awards for the evening including Southern Gospel Performance, Inspirational Song, Southern Gospel Song, and Inspirational Album.
The full list of GMA Dove Award Winners is at http://www.doveawards.com/current-winners/ align=