48th Annual GMA Dove Awards Winners


MercyMe takes home Artist of the Year award at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 17, 2017 in Nashville. Photo: Grant Exline

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) handed out honors in 39 categories at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 17, 2017. Dubbed “The Biggest Night In Gospel Music”, the event was held for the sixth consecutive year plus at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Hosted by award winning singers Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobbs Leonard, the sold-out show will premiere on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST.

The evening saw multiple wins for MercyMe and Zach Williams, who each nabbed two trophies. MercyMe picked up the coveted Artist of the Year trophy along with Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for their Lifer release. Meanwhile Zach Williams was named New Artist of the Year and and tied with Ryan Stevenson for Pop/Contemporary Reccorded Song of the Year. Williams’ award winning single “Chain Breaker” kicked off the evening’s performances, which featured him collaborating with the legendary Oak Ridge Boys and Grammy nominee Travis Greene.

Zach Williams named New Artist of the Year at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 17, 2017 in Nashville. Photo: Grant Exline

Other multiple winners included Hillsong Worship, whose huge single “What A Beautiful Name” was named Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. The Gaither Vocal Band and CeCe Winans each picked up two Dove Awards. Winans led the gospel categories with her two wins which included Contemporary/Urban Album of the Year for Let Them Fall In Love and Gospel Artist of the Year. Both the Gaither Vocal Band and CeCe Winans gave stirring performances during the evening’s presentation.

“I want to just say that of all the names that get honored tonight, there is a name that is more powerful and more beautiful, and it is the name of Jesus.” – Hillsong Worship

Other winners in the Gospel categories included Donnie McClurkin as Traditional Gospel Album of the Year (The Journey Live), Kirk Franklin as Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year (“My World Needs You”), and Tamela Mann as Traditional Gospel Song of the Year (“Change Me”).

Reba McEntire took home her first Dove Award at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 17, 2017 in Nashville. Photo: Jamie Gilliam

Reach Records recording artist Trip Lee picked up his first Dove Award, as his release The Waiting Room was named Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year, while NF’s single “Oh Lord” won as Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year.

The evening also featured stunning performances from Danny Gokey, Matt Redman, Micah Tyler, Stephen Malcolm, Hollyn, Hezekiah Walker and an incredible finale that features country legend Reba McIntyre, Tauren Wells, and Erica Campbell.

Look for the premiere of the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards on TBN, October 22, 9p ET/8p CT.

Check out the full list of winners at the Dove Awards website.

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