First presented in Memphis, Tennessee in 1969, then annually in Nashville, the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in the various fields of the Christian music industry including Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, Praise and Worship, Bluegrass, Country, and Southern Gospel.
Originally held during the National Quartet Convention of Southern Gospel Music, founded by Christian music industry pioneers Cecil and James Blackwood of the eight-time Grammy award-winning Southern Gospel Group the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and by J.D. (John Daniel) Sumner, the one-time Guiness World Record Holder for singing the lowest bass note ever sung, and Leader of the Stamps Quartet, the Dove Awards are currently held during Gospel Music Week in April of each year.
Voted on by Gospel Music Association members the Dove Awards have experienced wellknown scandals including those involving the Blackwood Brothers in 1971 who were accused of campaigning for new members to join the GMA and encouraging them to vote for particular nominees, resulting in the Gospel Music Association Board voiding all the awards for that year except the Hall of Fame inductees and forming safeguards to prevent any future such reoccurrences from happening in Dove Award balloting, and the Michael English and Marabeth Jordan, of First Call, extramarital affair 0f 1994 that resulted in English returning his awards to the Gospel Music Association.
The 1998 Gospel Music Association press release “Song lyrics must be substantially based upon historically orthodox Christian truth contained in or derived from the Holy Bible, an expression of worship of God or praise for His works, and/or testimony of a relationship with God through Christ, and/or obviously promoted and informed by a Christian world view” defined what made Gospel music eligible for the Dove Awards, changing the qualifications from music simply sold in Christian Booksellers Association affiliated stores. This was later rescinded in 1999 resulting in further controversies surrounding the Dove Awards including Top Artists not in the Christian Music field winning major Dove Awards.
Major categories Dove Awards have been presented in include Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Group of the Year, Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, Long Form Music Video of the Year, Short Form Music Video of the Year, Rock Recorded Song of the Year, Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Recorded Music Packaging of the Year, Choral Collection of the Year, Inspirational Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, Musical of the Year, Youth/Children’s Musical of the Year, Praise and Worship Album of the Year, Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Spanish Language Album of the Year, Special Event Album of the Year, Urban Recorded Song of the Year, Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, Children’s Music Album of the Year, Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year, Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year, Bluegrass Album of the Year, Southern Gospel Album of the Year, Inspirational Album of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Country Recorded Song of the Year, and Country Album of the Year.
Dove Award Winners:
A perpetual Who’s Who of the Christian music world have won Dove Awards including James Blackwood, Vestal Goodman, Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Steve Green, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael English, Twila Paris, Gary Chapman, Cece Winans, Crystal Lewis, Chris Rice, Jaci Velasquez, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, Stacie Orrico, Nichole Nordman, Johnny Mac Powell, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the Imperials, the Speer Family, the Cathedral Quartet, the Bill Gaither Trio, First Call, Take 6, 4Him, Point of Grace, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Casting Crowns, and many others.
42nd Annual Dove Awards:
The 42nd edition of the Dove Awards will be presented on April 20, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
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