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Gospel Music Association Announces Nominees For The 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards


The Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce nominees for the 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Top male nominees include Brandon Lake with eleven (11) nominations, songwriter Jeff Pardo with eight (8) nominations, and Jason Ingram and Kirk Franklin receiving six (6) nominations each. Top female nominees include Katy Nichole, who picked up four (4) nominations with Lauren Daigle, Naomi Raine, and Tasha Cobbs Leonard each receiving three (3) nominations. Country stars Dylan Scott, Tyler Childers and Walker Hayes each earned a first-time nomination. Voted on by the GMA Professional Membership, this year’s nominees were chosen from over 2,046 submitted entries.The GMA Dove Awards Nashville event will be held October 17th, 2023, and will air exclusively on TBN and the TBN app, Friday, October 20th, 2023 8:00p.m. ET and 10:00p.m. ET.

Nominees were announced in an artist-hosted livestream event featuring Jason Crabb, Jordan Feliz, Danny Gokey, Natalie Grant and JJ Hairston. The announcement premiered live on the GMA Dove Awards YouTube.

“I want to congratulate this year’s wonderful list of Dove Awards nominees,” says GMA President, Jackie Patillo. “Each year, we choose a theme to represent our community and why we celebrate. Today we announced this year’s theme, Joyful Echo. Like it says in Isaiah 42:12 from The Message, ‘Make God’s glory resound, echo His praises from coast to coast.’ We expect and believe this year’s show will be a joyful echo of the love of Jesus.”

Final round voting will run August 17th through August 24th. The GMA Dove Awards are happening live and in person in Nashville, TN, October 17th, 2023. A limited number of tickets are still available. Music City Fan Experience tickets are also available – an unforgettable, multi-day Nashville get-a-way that includes tickets to the Dove Awards. For the complete list of nominees, visit doveawards.com.

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
  • “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
  • CeCe Winans
  • for KING + COUNTRY
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Phil Wickham


New Artist of the Year

  • Ben Fuller
  • Hulvey
  • Jon Reddick
  • Katy Nichole
  • Naomi Raine


Songwriter of the Year – Artist

  • Brandon Lake
  • Chris Brown
  • Dante Bowe
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Phil Wickham


Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year

  • “Brighter Days” – Blessing Offor
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Suelto” – Sarai Rivera


Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year

  • “One Name (Jesus) [Live]” – Naomi Raine
  • “Impossible” – Pastor Mike Jr., ft. Jame Fortune
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Psycho In My Head” – Skillet


Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year

  • “He’s Been Faithful” – Brooklyn Tabernacle, ft. TaRanda Greene
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hymns & Worship – Triumphant Quartet


Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year

  • My Truth – Jonathan McReynolds
  • Kingdom Book One (Deluxe) – Maverick City Music, Kirk Franklin
  • Impossible – Pastor Mike Jr.
  • Overcomer (Deluxe) – Tamela Mann
  • All Things New – Tye Tribbett


 Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year

  • Church Clothes 4 – Lecrae
  • Sunday in Lagos – Limoblaze
  • Everyone Loves A Comeback Story – Social Club Misfits
  • Tree – Steven Malcolm


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • This Is Christmas – Tasha Layton


Musical/Choral Collection of the Year

  • A Night of Worship with The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • Blessed Assurance
  • Glorious Impossible
  • Tribute: Songs of Geron Davis
  • Wonderful


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


Short Form Music Video of the Year (Concept)

  • Do You Hear What I Hear? – for KING + COUNTRY
  • Thank God I Do – Lauren Daigle
  • 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


Long Form Video of the Year

  • Come Up Here – Bethel Music
  • 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
  • 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
  • Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story


Television Series of the Year

  • Grace Notes
  • Journey Of Faith
  • The Chosen
  • The Wingfeather Saga
  • When Calls The Heart


Songwriter of the Year – Non Artist

  • Ben Glover
  • Ethan Hulse
  • Jason Ingram
  • Jeff Pardo
  • Jonathan Jay

The 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards are produced by the Gospel Music Association. Jackie Patillo and Justin Fratt serve as showrunners and executive producers, alongside Curtis Stoneberger and Paul Wright as producers. Russell E. Hall returns as director, Michael Nolan as scriptwriter, Scott Moore and Go Live Productions as production manager.






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