The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the first round of all star performers for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards, set for October 16 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. The event will feature performances by CCM standouts Big Daddy Weave, Cory Asbury and Tauren Wells and rising gospel star Koryn Hawthorne. There will also be a special collaboration by Dove Award winner Jason Crabb and superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts.
"We are thrilled to announce the first round of performers for this year's show and can't wait to reveal the rest of the lineup," GMA President Jackie Patillo said. "It is going to be a memorable night as we honor God's people and share His message of hope around the world through music."
Fans will have the chance to take part in one of the GMA Dove Awards Fan Experiences. New this year, the Front Row Experience is already sold out. Limited spots are still available for the Choir Experience that includes a backstage tour, pre-telecast access, red carpet photo opportunity and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sing with Big Daddy Weave during the telecast. The Red Carpet Experience gives fans a red carpet photo opportunity as well as special access and VIP perks. For complete details, visit www.doveawards.com/fan-experience.
Tauren Wells leads artist nominations with eight, followed by Zach Williams with six and Cory Asbury, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and TobyMac with five nods each. Top nominated writer/producer Colby Wedgeworth scored eight nominations. View the full list of nominees here: http://bit.ly/DoveNominees2018.
The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Nominees are determined by GMA’s professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership.