Music & Culture
Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award Winners for 2016
Written by Christi Given | October 18, 2016
Every year, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) hosts the annual Dove Awards for Christian-gospel music. The awards are usually held in Nashville, Tenn., at the Lipscomb Theatre. This year the awards were held on October 11, 2016, at the Allen Arena. The hosts were the beloved band For King & Country and artist-songwriter Tye Tribbett. The theme this year was “Love Amplified.”
Watch a trailer for the theme of the award ceremony for this year…so touching and impactful!
Check out the official website for the Dove Awards here.
This year at the Dove Awards, Matthew West performed for the first time, and the GMA announced and tweeted that he co-wrote the song “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” for American Idol‘s Danny Gokey. West also wrote for Casting Crowns’ song entitled “Just Be Held.” It was really West’s year, right?
It also was Centricity Music artist Lauren Daigle’s year as well, as she won in a couple categories! Bethel took home some awards, along with Housefires (a newly discovered worship band you should definitely check out), and of course Hillsong United won.
Click here to read the full official list of Dove winners this year at the annual Gospel Music Association awards.
Song of the Year went to “Good Good Father.” Songwriter of the Year – Artist went to Lauren Daigle (one of my favorites). The Songwriter of the Year – Non-Artist award went to Jason Ingram, and Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year was For King & Country.
Make sure to check out the film Priceless, released in theaters October 14, 2016, with lead singer Joel Smallbone from For King & Country, and listen to their new single, “Priceless,” as well.
Gospel Artist of the Year went to Kirk Franklin, and Lauren Daigle took another award home for Artist of the Year. Jordan Feliz (Centricity Music) won in the category for New Artist of the Year.
Song Awards of the Year
Bernie Herms won for producer of the year; Andy Mineo won for Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year. NEEDTOBREATHE won in the category of Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for their track “Happiness.” Lauren Daigle took home an award for “Trust in You,” Laura Story won for “Til I Meet You” and Karen Peck & New River won for “I Am Blessed.”
Hezekiah Walker won for “Better” in the Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year category. Worship Song of the Year went to Bethel for “No Longer Slaves.” The Inspirational Album of the Year went to Brave New World by Amanda Cook. The Booth Brothers won for Still in the category of Southern Gospel Album of the Year, Kirk Franklin won for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album for Losing My Religion. The Instrumental Album of the Year went to Without Words: Synthesthesia by Bethel Music.
[Image: GMA Doves with Chris Tomlin]
The Afters won for short video of the year, Hillsong United won for their Recording Package of the Year and also Worship Album of the Year for Empires. Entertainment One (eOne) took home three Doves for their artists Jonathan McReynolds (“The Way You Love Me”), Hezekiah Walker (“Better”) and William McDowell.
[Image: GMA Doves with singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle]
Joey + Rory won for Hymns That Are Important to Us for Long Form Video of the Year (click here for the inspiring PI article coverage). The motion picture War Room won for Inspirational Film of the Year.
Wow, there are so many great creatives who released such life-changing music and videos in 2016!
Watch Toby Mac below being interviewed by CCM magazine!
PI Girls, did you watch the GMA Doves? Comment below if you did, or who your favorite artist or band is!