52nd Annual GMA Dove Award Nominees Announced in Star-Studded Livestream Event

Elevation Worship, for KING & COUNTRY, Brandon Lake, CeCe Winans and Zach Williams Lead


The GMA Dove Awards in-person Nashville event will be held October 19th

and will air exclusively on TBN, Friday, October 22nd, 2021 8:00p.m. ET and 10:00p.m. ET

Nashville, Tenn. (August 11, 2021) – The Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce nominees for the 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. 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. 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.

Nominees were announced in a star-studded livestream event featuring Alex Campos, John Cooper, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Kari Jobe, Brian & Jenn Johnson, Jonathan McReynolds, Wande and Tauren Wells. The announcement premiered on the GMA Dove Awards YouTube and Facebook pages with clips on the Dove Awards Instagram and TikTok.

“We are thrilled to welcome back an in-person Dove Awards this year and equally excited about our impressive list of nominees,” says 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.”

Voting for the final winners will run August 19th through August 26th. The GMA Dove Awards are happening live and in person in Nashville, TN, October 19th, 2021. A limited number of tickets and Fan Experiences are still available. The broadcast will air exclusively on TBN, Friday, October 22nd, 2021 8:00p.m. ET and then again at 10:00p.m. ET.


Song of the Year “Another In The Fire” (Writers) Chris Davenport, Joel Houston “Famous For (I Believe)” (Writers) Alexis Slifer, Chuck Butler, Jordan Sapp, Krissy Nordhoff, Tauren Wells “Graves Into Gardens” (Writers) Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake “Speak To Me” (Writers) Donnie McClurkin, Jeremy Hicks, Johnta Austin, Troy Taylor “Thank You For It All” (Writers) Aaron Lindsey, Christopher Thomas Leach, Jamone Davis, Marvin Sapp “The Blessing” (Writers) Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Steven Furtick “The Father’s House” (Writers) Benjamin Hastings, Cory Asbury, Ethan Hulse “There Was Jesus” (Writers) Jonathan Smith, Casey Beathard, Zach Williams “TOGETHER” (Writers) Joel Smallbone, Josh Kerr, Kirk Franklin, Luke Smallbone, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson “Truth Be Told” (Writers) AJ Pruis, Matthew West

Artist of the Year Elevation Worship for KING & COUNTRY Lauren Daigle Phil Wickham Zach Williams

New Artist of the Year Brandon Lake CAIN Dante Bowe Hope Darst Maverick City Music

Gospel Artist of the Year CeCe Winans Jonathan McReynolds Kirk Franklin Tasha Cobbs Leonard Travis Greene

Southern Gospel Artist of the Year Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Gaither Vocal Band Jason Crabb Joseph Habedank Triumphant Quartet

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year “Famous For (I Believe)” – Tauren Wells “Good God Almighty” – Crowder “Hold On To Me” – Lauren Daigle “There Was Jesus” – Zach Williams, ft. Dolly Parton “TOGETHER” – for KING & COUNTRY, ft. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly

Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year “First Church of Mercy” – The Sound “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About to Happen” – Gaither Vocal Band “My King is Known By Love” – Crabb Family “Religion Isn’t Working” – Joseph Habedank “Wake Up” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year “I Got It” – Pastor Mike Jr. “joyful” – Dante Bowe “Never Lost” – CeCe Winans “Speak To Me” – Koryn Hawthorne “Touch from You” – Tamela Mann

Worship Recorded Song of the Year “Battle Belongs” – Phil Wickham “God So Loved” – We The Kingdom “Graves Into Gardens” – Elevation Worship, ft. Brandon Lake “Jireh” – Elevation Worship / Maverick City Music, ft. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine “Peace Be Still” – Hope Darst

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year 3:34 – Zauntee Feared By Hell – Social Club Misfits His Glory Alone – KB Restoration – Lecrae The Divine Storm – Ty Brasel

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year Chris Tomlin & Friends – Chris Tomlin Holy Water – We The Kingdom Inhale (exhale) – MercyMe No Stranger – Natalie Grant To Love A Fool – Cory Asbury

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year Alone With My Faith – Harry Connick, Jr. Little More Love – Jordan Family Band My Savior – Carrie Underwood Peace At Last – Nelons Songs of the Times – Isaacs

Spanish Language Album of the Year Desesperado (Spanish) – Evan Craft Mil Generaciones – Miel San Marcos, Essential Worship Renovada – EP – Blanca Todos Mis Mejores Amigos – Hillsong Young & Free, Hillsong En Español Uno – Alex Zurdo – Redimi2 – Funky

Worship Album of the Year Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship Old Church Basement – Elevation Worship / Maverick City Music Revival’s In The Air – Bethel Music The Blessing (Live) – Kari Jobe The People Tour: Live from Madison Square Garden – Hillsong UNITED

Inspirational Film of the Year A Week Away Fatima Mahalia My Brother’s Keeper QUEEN ESTHER

About Gospel Music Association & Foundation: Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting, and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, The GMA Hall of Fame Induction and Honors Ceremony, and the IMMERSE Conference. For more information on the GMA, visit www.gospelmusic.org and follow @gmadoveawards on Facebook, Twitter, and @gospelmusicassoc on Instagram.

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