The GMA Dove Awards will return to a live, in-person event at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Tues., Oct. 19. The show will air exclusively on TBN on Fri., Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET and again at 10 p.m. ET.

Dove Award-winning Artists Natalie Grant and Jonathan McReynolds will co-host this year’s GMA Dove Awards. A few of the artists set to perform on the show include Lauren Daigle, Elevation Worship, KB, CeCe Winans and Zach Williams.

“We are thrilled to welcome back an in-person Dove Awards this year and equally excited about our impressive list of nominees,” said GMA President Jackie Patillo. “As we continue to celebrate the immense creativity and diversity within our community, we’re looking forward to an awards program this year’s nominees deserve.”

This year’s top nominations include Steven Furtick with ten (10) nominations, Chris Brown with nine (9), Wayne Haun with eight (8), seven (7) nominations each for Elevation Worship and Brandon Lake, six (6) to For King & Country and five (5) nods to CeCe Winans, Ed Cash, Tiffany Hammer (Hudson) and Zach Williams. For a complete list of nominees, visit

Annually, the GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. The theme of this year’s show, “Stronger Together,” highlights the strength in unity and resilience among the Christian/Gospel music community over the past year.

Voted on by the GMA Professional Membership, this year’s nominees were chosen from over 4,600 submitted entries and include a wide range of creativity and artistic integrity in both artist and non-artist categories. The nominations for the 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were previously announced at a live streamed event in August

The 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards is a production of the Gospel Music Association.

Editor’s note: The awards were controversial in 2019 after Kirk Franklin vowed to boycott future Dove awards over the show editing racial injustice comments.

“During that awards speech I felt the responsibility, as a Christian and a man of colour, to address the civil unrest at that time that was plaguing our country,” he said in 2019. “I called upon the audience to remind them that as Christians, when we say nothing, we say everything. Unfortunately, when my speech was aired on TV, that part was edited out.

Lecrae went on to join Franklin in his boycott, stating at the time: “People have been wondering about my support of my friend and brother,” he stated in a video posted on Instagram. “I support my brother Kirk and until we have a conversation about these issues, I won’t be able to participate either, that’s just where I stand.”

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