The 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out Tuesday night, October 17th, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee to a sold-out audience. The show aired tonight, Friday, October 20th, exclusively on TBN and The TBN App and simulcast on SiriusXM The Message. Host Tauren Wells led the all-star night of music with performances from across the community including Gospel, Latin, Worship, Pop, Southern Gospel and a special tribute to Hip Hop. An encore performance will air on TBN and The TBN App Friday, October 27th, 2023 at 8pm and 10pm ET.
Brandon Lake was the big winner of the night with four total awards including Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year – Artist, Worship Recorded Song of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year. Song of the Year went to “Goodness Of God,” honoring songwriters Ben Fielding, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Jenn Johnson, and Brian Johnson. Tasha Cobbs Leonard took home two awards, Gospel Worship Album of the Year and Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. New Artist of the Year went to Katy Nicole and Jesus Revolution took home Feature Film of the Year.
Multiple guest performers surprised the audience including Jordin Sparks performing “Love Me Like I Am” with for KING + COUNTRY, Pastor Mike Jr. bringing out Ricky Dillard for “Impossible” and Tauren Wells including Davies on “Take It All Back.” One-of-a-kind collaborations ruled the night including a harmonious performance from Gospel Hall of Fame members Take 6 with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. A special moment highlighting the impact of hip hop across the decades delighted the crowd with dynamic performances from Hulvey, Social Club Misfits, and GRITS and TobyMac taking it all the way back with a reprise of 2002’s “Ooh Aah (My Life Be Like).”
Host Tauren Wells stirred the audience with an impromptu sermon highlighting the current conflict in Israel saying, “We stand with the people of God and as scripture instructs us, we pray for peace in Jerusalem. Now here’s the thing – we can’t just pray for peace and not understand and identify the Prince of Peace. This conflict will not end until Jesus is the Lord of Israel and Jesus is the Lord of Palestine and Jesus is the Lord of every nation and every tribe and every tongue. There is a day coming at which every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The world could be at war but the church is gonna be in worship. Because we don’t praise God depending upon our circumstances. We praise God depending upon His reputation.”
Dr. Bobby Jones received the Jackie Patillo Leadership Award. Jones is a composer, recording artist, choir director and among the foremost pioneers in bringing Gospel music to the masses. Harnessing the power of radio and television programming, many of today’s best known artists look to their appearances on the Dr. Bobby Jones show as foundational to their widespread acclaim. He’s been a fixture in the industry since 1976 and a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The GMA was honored to award him The Jackie Patillo Leadership Award.
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Song of the Year
- “Build A Boat” (Writers) Colton Dixon, Seth Mosley, Johan Lindbrandt, Sandro Cavazza, Mikey Gormley
- “Fear Is Not My Future” (Writers) Kirk Franklin, Brandon Lake, Jonathan Jay, Hannah Shackleford, Nicole Hannel
- “God Really Loves Us” (Writers) David Crowder, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka, Dante Bowe
- “Goodness Of God” (Writers) Ben Fielding, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Jenn Johnson, Brian Johnson — WINNER!
- “Gratitude” (Writers) Brandon Lake, Ben Hastings, Dante Bowe
- “In Jesus Name (God Of Possible)” (Writers) Ethan Hulse, Katy Nichole, David Andrew Spencer, Jeff Pardo
- “Love Me Like I Am” (Writers) Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Michael Pollack, Josh Kerr
- “Perfectly Loved” (Writers) Rachael Lampa, Andrew Ripp, Ethan Hulse
- “Same God” (Writers) Brandon Lake, Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Pat Barrett
- “Then Christ Came” (Writers) Bart Millard, Phil Wickham, Jason Ingram, David Leonard
Artist of the Year
- Brandon Lake — WINNER!
- CeCe Winans
- for KING + COUNTRY
- Lauren Daigle
- Phil Wickham
New Artist of the Year
- Ben Fuller
- Jon Reddick
- Katy Nichole — WINNER!
- Naomi Raine
Songwriter of the Year – Artist
- Brandon Lake — WINNER!
- Chris Brown
- Dante Bowe
- Kirk Franklin
- Phil Wickham
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
- “Brighter Days” – Blessing Offor — WINNER!
- “I’m So Blessed (Best Day Remix)” – CAIN
- “Love Me Like I Am” – for KING + COUNTRY ft. Jordin Sparks
- “God Is In This Story” – Katy Nichole ft. Big Daddy Weave
- “Thank God I Do” – Lauren Daigle
Worship Recorded Song of the Year
- “Gratitude (Radio Version)” – Brandon Lake — WINNER!
- “Honey In The Rock” – Brooke Ligertwood, Brandon Lake
- “Holy Forever” – Chris Tomlin
- “Fear Is Not My Future (Radio Version)” – Maverick CIty Music ft. Brandon Lake, Chandler Moore
- “This Is Our God” – Phil Wickham
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year
- “Jordan” – Darin & Brooke Aldridge, ft. Ricky Skaggs, Mo Pitney, Mark Fain
- “Good Morning Mercy” – Jason Crabb, Dylan Scott — WINNER!
- “Matchless” – Tiffany Coburn, ft. Point of Grace
- “Way of the Triune God (Hallelujah Version)” – Tyler Childers
- “Jesus’ Fault” – Zach Williams, ft. Walker Hayes
Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year
- “Guarda Tu Corazón” – Alex Zurdo
- “So Good (Cuán Bueno)” – DOE, ft. Lilly Goodman
- “Nubes” – Indiomar, ft. Blanca
- “Coritos (En Vivo)” – Miel San Marcos, Daniel Calveti, Marcos Witt, Ingrid Rosario — WINNER!
- “Suelto” – Sarai Rivera
Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year
- “One Name (Jesus) [Live]” – Naomi Raine
- “Impossible” – Pastor Mike Jr., ft. Jame Fortune — WINNER!
- “I Still Have You” – Smokie Norful
- “The Moment (Live)” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard
- “You’ve Been Good To Me” – Zacardi Cortez
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
- “New Day” – Blanca, ft. Jekalyn Carr
- “Your World” – Jonathan McReynolds — WINNER!
- “Miracles” – Kierra Sheard, ft. Pastor Mike Jr.
- “Bless Me” – Maverick City Music, Kirk Franklin
- “Get Up” – Tye Tribbett
Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
- “no longer bound” – Forrest Frank, ft. Hulvey
- “Graves” – KB and Brandon Lake — WINNER!
- “Spread The Opps” – Lecrae
- “Jireh (My Provider)” – Limoblaze, ft. Lecrae, Happi
- “SPIN BACK!” – Scootie Wop
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
- “The Lows” – Cochren & Co.
- “Goodbye Ole Me” – Consumed By Fire
- “Promise To Live” – Disciple
- “Brother Jack” – Gable Price and Friends — WINNER!
- “Psycho In My Head” – Skillet
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
- “He’s Been Faithful” – Brooklyn Tabernacle, ft. TaRanda Greene — WINNER!
- “Jesus What a Lovely Name” – Gaither Vocal Band
- “Welcome” – Jim & Melissa Brady
- “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death” – Keith & Kristyn Getty, Michael W. Smith
- “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love” – Michael W. Smith
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
- “I Know My Savior Cares” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
- “There Is a Mountain” – Gaither Vocal Band
- “One Name” – Jeff & Sheri Easter, ft. The Sound
- “The Keepers” – Karen Peck & New River — WINNER!
- “A Hundred Different Altars” – The Steeles
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
- “Alright” – Melvin Crispell III
- “Finished (Live)” – Tamela Mann
- “It Is Well” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard — WINNER!
- “I Need You” – The Walls Group
- “See The Goodness” – VaShawn Mitchell, ft. Donnie McClurkin
Children’s Recorded Song Of The Year
- “Sounding Joy” – Ellie Holcomb — WINNER!
- “Danzo En El Río” – Miel San Marcos Kids
- “Great Are You Lord” – Shout Praises Kids
- “I Am Not My Own” – The Getty Girls
- “The Fruit of the Spirit” – Worship Together Kids
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
- My Tribe – Blessing Offor
- Jesus Changed My Life – Katy Nichole
- Always Only Jesus – MercyMe
- Life After Death – TobyMac — WINNER!
- A Hundred Highways – Zach Williams
Worship Album of the Year
- Come Up Here – Bethel Music
- Honest Offering (Live) – CAIN
- God Is Good! (Live) – Cody Carnes
- LION: Live From The Loft – Elevation Worship — WINNER!
- Lamb Of God – Matt Redman
Southern Gospel Album of the Year
- Think About There – Greater Vision
- Come On In – Guardians Quartet
- John 3:16 – Perrys
- Believe – The Hoppers — WINNER!
- Hymns & Worship – Triumphant Quartet
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year
- My Truth – Jonathan McReynolds
- Kingdom Book One (Deluxe) – Maverick City Music, Kirk Franklin — WINNER!
- Impossible – Pastor Mike Jr.
- Overcomer (Deluxe) – Tamela Mann
- All Things New – Tye Tribbett
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
- Church Clothes 4 – Lecrae — WINNER!
- Sunday in Lagos – Limoblaze
- Everyone Loves A Comeback Story – Social Club Misfits
- Tree – Steven Malcolm
- NEW HOLLYWOOD – WHATUPRG
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year
- Death Below – August Burns Red
- The Consequence Of Being Alive – Gable Price and Friends
- Remade In Misery – Memphis May Fire
- Dominion: Day of Destiny – Skillet — WINNER!
- The Final Battle – Stryper
Inspirational Album of the Year
- A Night of Worship – Brooklyn Tabernacle
- Christ Our Hope in Life and Death – Keith & Kristyn Getty
- Turn Your Eyes, Vol II – Point Of Grace — WINNER!
- The London Sessions – Sarah Kroger
- Greatest Hymns, Vol III – Selah
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year
- The Gospel Sessions, Vol I – Authentic Unlimited
- Treasure – Jeff & Sheri Easter
- Light in the Canyon – Sandra McCracken — WINNER!
- Lost and Found – Southbound
- Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? – Tyler Childers
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
- Nothing Else Matters – Brent Jones
- Transitions (Live) – Brian Courtney Wilson — WINNER!
- Believe Again – JJ Hairston
- I Go To The Rock – Whitney Houston
- Worship & Justice – William Murphy
Gospel Worship Album of the Year
- Tent Revival – Forward City, Travis Greene
- Closer Than You Think – Jonathan Traylor
- Hymns (Live) – Tasha Cobbs Leonard — WINNER!
- Encounter – Todd Galberth
- Imprint – Zacardi Cortez
Spanish Language Album of the Year
- Grande y Fiel (En Vivo) – Gateway Worship Espanol
- Tu Reino Esta Aqui – Generacion 12 — WINNER!
- Lo Que Vemos – Marcos Vidal
- Rompiendo – Redimi2
- X SIEMPRE – Un Corazon
Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year
- The Manger – Anne Wilson
- Milk & Cookies: A Merry Crowder Christmas – Crowder
- Sing: Christmas Songs – Ellie Holcomb
- Christmas at Home – Michael W. Smith — WINNER!
- This Is Christmas – Tasha Layton
Musical/Choral Collection of the Year
- A Night of Worship with The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir — WINNER!
- Blessed Assurance
- Glorious Impossible
- Tribute: Songs of Geron Davis
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
- As I Am – 1K Phew
- I Can’t Find The Edges of You – Citizens
- Church Girls Love R&B – Jor’Dan Armstrong
- The Stories I Tell Myself – Matt Maher — WINNER!
- TAYA – TAYA
Short Form Music Video of the Year (Concept)
- Do You Hear What I Hear? – for KING + COUNTRY
- Thank God I Do – Lauren Daigle — WINNER!
- Spread The Opps – Lecrae
- Cornerstone – TobyMac, ft. Zach Williams
- Heart of God – Zach Williams
Short Form Music Video of the Year (Performance)
- Plans – David Leonard
- Holy Forever – Jenn Johnson
- Where The Glory Is – Josh Baldwin
- Graves – KB, Brandon Lake
- The Goodness – TobyMac, Blessing Offor — WINNER!
Long Form Video of the Year
- Come Up Here – Bethel Music — WINNER!
- God Is Good! (Live) – Cody Carnes
- Grande y Fiel – Gateway Worship Español
- The Way – Kathie Lee Gifford
- I’ve Witnessed It (Live) – Passion
Producer of the Year
- Jeff Pardo — WINNER!
- Kenneth Leonard
- Samuel ASH
- Wayne Haun
- Ben Glover and Jeff Sojka
Feature Film of the Year
- Big George Foreman
- Family Camp
- I Heard The Bells
- Jesus Revolution — WINNER!
- Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story
Television Series of the Year
- Grace Notes
- Journey Of Faith
- The Chosen — WINNER!
- The Wingfeather Saga
- When Calls The Heart
Songwriter of the Year – Non Artist
- Ben Glover
- Ethan Hulse
- Jason Ingram
- Jeff Pardo — WINNER!
- Jonathan Jay