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THE 53RD ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS DELIVERS FIRST TIME WINS AND POWERFUL PERFORMANCES

CeCe Winans Wins Artist Of The Year, A First For The Iconic Artist

For KING + COUNTRY and Writer/Producer Jeff Pardo Lead the Night with Three Wins Each


Winners Announced for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards

Artist of the Year Winner CeCe Winans


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NEWS SOURCE: Wortman Works
October 21, 2022

Nashville, TN (October 21, 2022) – The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out Tuesday night, October 18th, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee to a sold-out audience. The show aired tonight, Friday, October 21st, exclusively on TBN and was simulcast on SiriusXM The Message. Co-hosts Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin led the all star night of music with performances from across the community including Gospel, Latin, hip hop and Southern Gospel.

Iconic artist CeCe Winans made Dove Awards history this year as the first Black female solo artist to win Artist of the Year. When accepting her award, instead of an acceptance speech, she sang a few lines from the hymn “To God Be The Glory,” moving many in the audience to tears. She and co-writers for “Believe For It” were also awarded Song of the Year. Throughout her incredible career, CeCe has won a staggering 25 Dove Awards including the very first New Artist of the Year award in 1988 with her brother BeBe Winans.
 
For KING + COUNTRY and writer/producer Jeff Pardo led the night with three awards each with Pardo winning Producer of the Year and For KING + COUNTRY winning Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Anne Wilson took home two awards including New Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “My Jesus.” See the full list of winners here.
 


Winners Announced for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards

Anne Wilson


The theme of this year’s show was Sound of Heaven, highlighting how all the different styles of Christian and Gospel music come together under one banner of hope. “The music created by the artists assembled tonight covers a lot of ground style-wise,” said co-host Chris Tomlin, “but collectively they represent the sound of heaven.” Co-host Erica Campbell added, “We bring it all together to unite as one for the kingdom of God. One mind, one voice, giving glory to God. That’s the sound of heaven.” 

The night was packed with one-of-a-kind performances, moments of reverent worship, and joyful celebration. In a touching, personal moment, TobyMac paused before his performance of “The Goodness” with Blessing Offor to address the crowd. “Thank you for the kindness you showed me and my family as we walked through the deepest valley in losing my firstborn son. Thank you for your thoughts and thank you for your prayers. We have felt surrounded by love. And that’s what the body of Christ should feel like, so thank you. There were times I never thought I would ever write another song, much less an up-tempo song or a song that felt like joy. But God is good. He might not always give us what we want, or take away the pain, but He is right here with us. He doesn’t leave. He remains.”


Winners Announced for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards

TobyMac


The night also included a one-of-kind Southern Gospel tribute with an all-female band including performers Karen Peck, Kim HopperThe Nelons, and High Road, as well as a performance from Gateway Worship Español featuring Christine D’ClarioJosh MoralesDaniel CalvetiBecky Collazos and Travy JoeSteven Curtis Chapman kicked off his performance with an exuberant look back on his 35-year career singing a mash-up of “The Great Adventure,” “Lord Of The Dance,” and “Dive.” 

To watch the 53rd GMA Dove Awards on demand on the TBN app: CLICK HERE

To get the full awards show audio broadcast including exclusive backstage interviews with winners, performers and presenters from SiriusXM The Message only in the SXM App: CLICK HERE

Photo highlights from the night can be found here.
 
 
List of winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: CeCe Winans
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Anne Wilson
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR - Non Artist : Jason Ingram
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR - Artist : Phil Wickham
SONG OF THE YEAR: “Believe For It”
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Jeff Pardo
RAP/HIP HOP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: "King Jesus" - KB, nobigdyl.
WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Hymn Of Heaven - Phil Wickham
INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: "God is Good" - Francesca Battistelli
SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: "My Feet Are On The Rock" - Gaither Vocal Band
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY/ROOTS RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: "In The Sweet By and By" - Dolly Parton, ft. Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker
TRADITIONAL GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “My Portion” - Jekalyn Carr
SPANISH LANGUAGE RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “Danzando” - Gateway Worship Español, ft. Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D'Clario, Travy Joe, Josh Morales
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY/ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: God Is Real - The Sound
ROCK/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “Higher Power” - CROWDER, ft. Hulvey
GOSPEL WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “Breathe” - Maverick City Music, ft. DOE, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore
POP/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “My Jesus” - Anne Wilson
CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: "Gotta Believe" - Tasha Cobbs Leonard
WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: "Hymn of Heavens" - Phil Wickham
RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: No Church In A While - Lecrae, 1K Phew
ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Into The Mystery - NEEDTOBREATHE
POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: What Are We Waiting For - for KING & COUNTRY
INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Be Still & Know - Jordan Smith 
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Keeping On - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Clarity - DOE
TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live) - Ricky Dillard
GOSPEL WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Tribl Nights Atlanta - Tribl, Maverick City Music
SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Viviré - Marcos Witt
CHILDREN'S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Getty Kids Hymnal - Hymns from Home - Keith & Kristyn Getty, ft. The Getty Girls
CHRISTMAS/SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Emmanuel: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) - Chris Tomlin
MUSICAL/CHORAL COLLECTION OF THE YEAR: Give Me Jesus
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR: Canyon - Ellie Holcomb
SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (CONCEPT): "RELATE" - for KING & COUNTRY
SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (PERFORMANCE): "Fake It" - Tauren Wells, ft. Aaron Cole
LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR: What Are We Waiting For? | The Worldwide Special - for KING & COUNTRY
INSPIRATIONAL FILM/SERIES OF THE YEAR: The Chosen

Select quotes from the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards:

“It’s amazing when we come together and we love each other and we stand for righteousness, it’s amazing what God will do. It’s amazing what He’s already done. But He wants to do so much more. I’m believing for God to move in this industry greater than He ever has before. The God we serve responds to faithfulness and the testimonies I’ve heard through this song have blessed my life. I want us to understand that the God of miracles is still working miracles. So keep believing.” - CeCe Winans accepting the award for Song of the Year

“I’ve been leading worship since I was 12 years old. I can’t believe God would give me a voice beyond the walls of my church to write new prayers for the church to sing. It’s just another reason to remember God’s grace and faithfulness in our lives.” - Phil Wickham accepting the award for Worship Album of the Year

“When we sing together in every language and from every nation, it’s literally the sound of heaven. It’s literally a picture of heaven because one day we’ll all be singing around the throne of heaven. It shows the beautiful diversity in the kingdom of God.” - Marcos Witt presenting the award for Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year

“This project was an intentional move to get together and collaborate with people that didn’t look like everybody else. It was an intentional opportunity for us to get together and write songs, not just hand someone a song and say here sing this. We said, let’s get together and you write what the Lord’s doing in you and I’ll write what the Lord’s doing in me and let’s put it together.” - Naomi Raine from Maverick City Music accepting the award for Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year

“This is our first Dove Award we’ve ever received. How humble we are to be mentioned alongside these other artists. This record was made with the idea that the greatest evidence of the existence of God is the changed life of a Christ follower. Thank you so much.” - Levi Mills from The Sound accepting the award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year

“I’m so grateful for the power of songs and specifically ‘My Jesus.’ This song has impacted so many lives. A woman recently shared with me that she was struggling to continue with life. She heard ‘My Jesus’ come on the radio and decided to give her life to Jesus. That’s the power that songs have, especially songs that glorify the Lord.” - Anne Wilson accepting the award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year

The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards are produced by the Gospel Music Association. Jackie Patillo and Justin Fratt serve as showrunners and executive producers, alongside Curtis Stoneberger and Paul Wright as producers. Russell E. Hall returns as director, Michael Nolan as scriptwriter, Scott Moore and Go Live Productions as production manager.
 
About Gospel Music Association & Foundation:
Since 1964, the Gospel Music Association's mission has been to expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through music. As a trade organization, the GMA serves creatives and professionals within the Christian and Gospel music industry. It supports this richly diverse community by providing for basic needs through the GMA Foundation, preserving the legacies of the genre’s trailblazers through the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and celebrating the work of today’s artists through events like the GMA Dove Awards - which reaches millions of people around the world annually. 
For more information about the Gospel Music Association, visit www.gospelmusic.org. Join the GMA social communities on FacebookInstagramTikTokTwitterYouTube and LinkedIn.
 
About TBN:
TBN is the world's most watched faith-and-family broadcasting network, reaching over 175 nations with inspirational programming in 14 languages and on 32 global networks. TBN, the original pioneer of faith-based television, is expanding into other marketplaces such as publishing and innovative digital content in various formats, all designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the TBN Networks, visit us at tbn.org or our social communities on YouTubeFacebookInstagramTikTok and Twitter.


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