The 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards was presented on Tuesday evening October 19, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. The show, under the Stronger Together banner, aired tonight exclusively on TBN and aired simultaneously on SiriusXM The Message.
CeCe Winans and Jason ingram led the evening with the 4 awards each with Winans winning gospel artist of the year and Ingram winning songwriter of the year (non-artist). for ROI & COUNTRY won three awards, including Artist of the Year, the evening’s highest honor. Chris Brown of the Elevation Cult and Steven furtick each also won three awards, including song of the year for “The Blessing”. Dynamic performers Maverick city music proclaimed New Artist of the Year with Contemporary Artist of the Year going to We the kingdom. See the full list of winners here.
Following the 2020 virtual show, the music community came together this year with stellar live performances that included a soulful ballad by Lauren Daigle, a chilling moment by co-host Natalie Grant, and a powerful closing rendition of Worship Recorded. Song of the Year, “Graves Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship.
Other stars included the five nominees for New Artist of the Year, each bringing energetic performances brimming with joy and hope. Unique collaborations lit up the scene as well, including KB with Matt Redman, Jonathan McReynolds with Mali Music, and Dante Bowe with Kelontae Gavin. To watch the 52nd Dove Awards on demand on the TBN app: CLICK HERE . To get the full audio streaming prizes, including exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the winners, artists and presenters of SiriusXM The Message only in the SXM app: CLICK HERE.
One of the highlights of the evening was GMA’s Chairman of the Board, Roy Morgan, who presented Jackie Patillo with the first Dove Award for Distinguished Leadership. Morgan also announced that the new Dove will be an annual award and, starting next year, will be named The Jackie Patillo Leadership Award. Patillo was surprised and delighted to receive this special award. “I’m speechless. And so honored and so grateful.
This is a call to all. It’s a mission. It is not a job. Even though some days are tough. But I love you. And I am grateful. And I believe in oneness in Christ. I believe we can celebrate our diversity in a way that shows the world that they will know we are Christians through our love. I believe in the power of God through the Word and through the message of your songs. So thanks. I am so grateful and amazed by it.
Song of the year
“Another in the Fire” – (Writer) Chris Davenport, Joel Houston
“Famous for (I think)” – (writers) Alexis Slifer, Chuck Butler, Jordan Sapp, Krissy Nordhoff, Tauren Wells
“Graves Into Gardens” – (Writers) Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Tiffany Hudson, Brandon Lake
“Talk to Me” – (Writers) Donnie McClurkin, Jeremy Hicks, Johnta Austin, Troy Taylor
“Thanks for everything” – (writers) Aaron Lindsey, Christopher Thomas Leach, Jamone Davis, Marvin Sapp
“The Blessing” – (writers) Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Steven Furtick – WINNER!
“The Father’s House” – (writers) Benjamin Hastings, Cory Asbury, Ethan Hulse
“There Was Jesus” – (Writers) Jonathan Smith, Casey Beathard, Zach Williams
“ENSEMBLE” – (Writers) Joel Smallbone, Josh Kerr, Kirk Franklin, Luke Smallbone, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson
“Truth Be Told” – (Writers) AJ Pruis, Matthew West
Songwriter of the Year (Artist)
Brandon Lake – WINNER!
Songwriter of the Year (non-artist)
Jason Ingram – WINNER!
Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year
for ROI & COUNTRY
Well of Tauren
We the kingdom – WINNER!
Southern Gospel Artist of the Year
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – WINNER!
Gaither vocal group
Gospel Artist of the Year
CeCe Winans – WINNER!
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Artist of the year
for KING & COUNTRY – WINNER!
New Artist of the Year
Maverick City Music – WINNER!
Producer of the Year
The Creak Music (David Leonard, Brad King, Seth Talley)
Jordan Sapp – WINNER!
Recorded Rap / Hip Hop Song of the Year
“10K” – KB
“Deep End” – Lecrae – WINNER!
“Glory On Me” – Steven Malcolm, ft. Childish Major & Taylor Hill
“Is it OK?” – The misfits of social clubs
“Reasons” – Hulvey, ft. Lecrae, SVRCINA
Rock / Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“I need a ghost” – Brandon Lake
“Place Called Earth” – Jon Foreman, ft. Lauren Daigle
“Hold on” – Zach Williams
“This is the kingdom” – Frying pan
“Who am I” – NEED TO BREATHE – WINNER!
Pop / Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“Famous for (I think)” – Tauren Wells – WINNER!
“Good Lord Almighty” – Crowder
“Wait for me” – Lauren Daigle
“There was Jesus” – Zach Williams, ft. Dolly parton
“ENSEMBLE” – for KING & COUNTRY, ft. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
“A Woman” – FAITHFUL, Ellie Holcomb & Amy Grant
“Alone with my faith” – Harry Connick, Jr.
“Great is your loyalty” – Carrie Underwood, ft. Cece Winans – WINNER!
“Keeper of the Promise” – Hope Darst
“There is a God” – Phillips, Craig & Dean
Song of the year recorded in the Southern Gospel
“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 – WINNER!
“Religion does not work” – Joseph Habedank
“Awake” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Recorded Bluegrass / Country / Roots Song of the Year
“Because he lives” – Harry Connick, Jr.
“Better out there” – Browns
“Go and rest high on that mountain” – Fortune / Walker / Rogers / Isaacs
“Great Almighty God” – The Sound
“If God has drawn the curtain” – Nelons – WINNER!
Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year
“I got it” – Pastor Mike Jr.
“Merry” – Dante Bowe – WINNER!
“Never lost” – CeCe Winans
“Talk To Me” – Koryn Hawthorne
“Touch of you” – Tamela Mann
Traditional recorded gospel song of the year
“Change Your Story” – Jekalyn Carr – WINNER!
“Help” – Anthony Brown & group therapy
“I did it” – Maranda Curtis
“Repay You” – PJ Morton, ft. J Moss
“Wonderful is your name” – Melvin Crispel III
Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year
“Believe it” – CeCe Winans – WINNER!
“Good and Loved” – Travis Greene, ft. Steffany Gretzinger
“Never to be beaten” – Rich Tolbert Jr.
“Voice of God” – Dante Bowe, ft. Steffany Gretzinger, Chandler Moore
“You get the glory” – Jonathan Traylor
Recorded Song of the Year in Spanish Language
“Amén” – Ricardo Montaner, Evaluna Montaner, Mau and Ricky, and Camilo
“Donde Está El Espíritu De Dios” – Christine D’Clario – WINNER!
“Lévame A La Cruz” – Majo y Dan
“Mi Libertador” – Honey San Marcos, Christine D’Clario
“Tumbas A Jardines” – Elevation Cult, ft. Brandon lake
Recorded Worship Song of the Year
“The Battle Belongs” – Phil Wickham
“God so loved” – We the kingdom
“Graves Into Gardens” – Elevation Worship, ft. Brandon Lake – WINNER!
“Jireh” – Elevation Worship / Maverick City Music, ft. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine
“Peace be quiet” – Hope Darst
Rap / Hip-Hop Album of the Year
1970-01-01 03:34:00 – Zauntee
Feared By Hell – Social Club Misfits
His Glory Alone – KB – WINNER!
Catering – Lecrae
The Divine Storm – Ty Brasel
Rock / Contemporary Album of the Year
Departures – Jon Foreman
Out of body – NEED TO BREATHE – WINNING!
Songs of Death and Resurrection – Demon Hunter
The joy of being – Citizens
The way – fit for a king
Pop / Contemporary Album of the Year
Chris Tomlin and Friends – Chris Tomlin
Holy water – We the kingdom – WINNER!
inhale (exhale) – MercyMe
No Stranger – Natalie Grant
Love a Fool – Cory Asbury
Inspirational Album of the Year
All Things – Jamie Jamgochian
Evening Song: Hymns and Lullabies at the End of the Day – Keith & Kristyn Getty, Sandra McCracken, Skye Peterson, Vince Gill, Ellie Holcomb, Sierra Hull, Deborah Klemme, The Getty Girls, Heather Headley
Enter my story – Selah – WINNER!
You Are More – Tiffany Coburn
You are still God – Phillips, Craig & Dean
Southern Gospel Album of the Year
Bigger Than Sunday – Triumphant Quartet
Change is coming – Joseph Habedank – WINNER!
It’s always good news – Guardians
This is the Gospel, Brother – Gaither Vocal Band
The Journey – A Bigger Vision
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 for the Times – Isaacs – WINNER!
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year
DOE: EP – DOE
Gospel according to PJ – PJ Morton
I AM – Koryn Hawthorne – WINNER!
Again – Brian Courtney Wilson
The Book of Mali – Mali Music
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
Celebrate Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) – Fisk Jubilee Singers
Changing Your Story – Jekalyn Carr
Choirmaster – Ricky Dillard
Chosen ship – Marvin Sapp – WINNER!
Reunion – Jonathan Nelson
Gospel Worship Album of the Year
Believe For It – CeCe Winans – WINNER!
Come Alive (Deluxe) – All Nations Music
Never Be Defeated – Rich Tolbert Jr.
The NOW Experience – Kelontae Gavin
VaShawn Mitchell presents Africa Worship – Various artists
Spanish Language Album of the Year
Desesperado (Spanish) – Evan Craft – WINNER!
Mil Generaciones – Honey San Marcos, essential cult
Renovada: EP – Blanca
Todos Mis Mejores Amigos – Hillsong Young & Free
Uno – Alex Zurdo – Redimi2 – Funky
Cult album of the year
Tombs in the Gardens – Elevation Cult
Old Church Basement – Elevation Cult / Maverick City Music – WINNER!
Revival’s In The Air – Bethel Music
The Blessing (Live) – Kari Jobe
The People Tour: Live from Madison Square Garden – Hillsong UNITED
Children’s Album of the Year
Living Color – Elevation Church Kids
No reason to wait – worship children together
Ready Set Go – Yancy & Little Praise Party – WINNER!
Sing the Bible, Vol. 4 – Slugs and insects
Todos Mis Días – Gateway Kids Worship
Christmas album / special event of the year
A Drummer Boy Christmas – for KING & COUNTRY – WINNER!
A Christmas Tori Kelly – Tori Kelly
Christmas: Acoustic Sessions – Phil Wickham
Miracle Of Love: Christmas Worship Songs – Chris Tomlin
Reunited LIVE – Gaither Vocal Band
Musical / choral collection
Meet the Lamb of God – (Creator) Andrew Peterson, (Arrangers / Orchestrators) Carson Wagner, Russell Mauldin – WINNER!
Christmas Comes Alive – (Creators / Arrangers / Orchestras) Devin McGlamery, Cliff Duren, Phillip Keveren, Phil Nitz
I Choose Christ: The Songs of Sue C. Smith – (Creator / Arranger) Cliff Duren, (Creator) Sue C. Smith
Love Lifted Up: An Easter Musical – (Creators / Arrangers / Orchestras) Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, Cliff Duren, Jay Rouse, Marty Hamby, Phil Nitz
Love Was Born A King – (Creators / Arrangers / Orchestras) Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner
Recorded Music of the Year Wrapping
A Drummer Boy Christmas – for KING & COUNTRY
Graves Into Gardens – Cult of Elevation – WINNER!
Revival’s In The Air – Bethel Music
Songs Of Death And Resurrection: Deluxe Box – Demon Hunter
The Blessing (Live) – Kari Jobe
Inspirational Film of the Year
A Week Away – WINNER!
My brother’s keeper
Credit: Doveawards.com & TheChristianBeat