53RD ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS OFFERS EARLY VICTORIES AND POWERFUL PERFORMANCES
CeCe Winans wins Entertainer of the Year, a first for the iconic artist
For KING+COUNTRY, writer/producer Jeff Pardo and Phil Wickham lead the night with three wins each
Nashville, TN (October 21, 2022) – The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were presented Tuesday evening, October 18, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee, to a sold-out audience. The show aired tonight, Friday, October 21, exclusively on TBN and was simulcast on SiriusXM The Message. Co-hosts Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin led the Music Stars Night with performances from across the community including Gospel, Latin, Hip-Hop and Southern Gospel.
Iconic artist CeCe Winans made history at this year’s Dove Awards as the first black solo artist to win Entertainer of the Year. During the acceptance of her award, instead of an acceptance speech, she sang a few lines of the anthem “To God Be The Glory”, moving many onlookers to tears. She and the “Believe For It” co-writers also received the Song of the Year award. Throughout her incredible career, CeCe has won a staggering 25 Dove awards, including the first-ever New Artist of the Year award in 1988 with her brother. BeBe Winans.
For ROI+COUNTRY, screenwriter/producer Jeff Pardo, and Phil Wickham led the night with three awards each with Wickham winning Songwriter of the Year – Cult Artist & Album of the Year, Pardo winning Producer of the Year and For KING + COUNTRY winning Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year . Anne Wilson won two awards, including New Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “My Jesus.” See the full list of winners here.
The theme for this year’s show was Sound of Heaven, highlighting how all the different styles of Christian and gospel music come together under one banner of hope. “The music created by the artists gathered tonight covers a lot of ground in terms of style,” the co-host said. Chris Tomlin, “but collectively they represent the sound of heaven.” Co-host Erica Campbell added, “We are gathering all of these to unite into one for the kingdom of God. One mind, one voice, giving glory to God. It is the sound of heaven.
The evening was filled with unique performances, moments of respectful worship and joyful celebrations. In a touching and personal moment, TobyMait’s a break before his performance of “The Goodness” with Blessing address the crowd. “Thank you for the kindness you showed me and my family as we walked through the deepest valley losing my firstborn son. Thank you for your thoughts and thank you for your prayers. We felt surrounded by love. And that’s how the body of Christ should feel, so thank you. There were times when I never thought I’d write another song, let alone a fast tempo song or a song that sounded like joy. But God is good. He may not always give us what we want, or take away the pain, but He’s here with us. He’s not leaving. He stays .”
The evening also included a unique tribute to Southern Gospel with an all-female band including performers Karen Peck, Kim Hopper, The Nelonsand Highwayas well as a performance of Gateway Cult Español featuring Christine D’Clario, Josh Morales, Daniel Calveti, Becky Colazos and Travy Joe. Steven Curtis Chapman kicked off his performance with an exuberant look back at his 35-year career singing a medley of “The Great Adventure,” “Lord Of The Dance,” and “Dive.”
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Partial list of winners:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: CeCe Winans
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Anne Wilson
SONG OF THE YEAR: “Believe For It”
CULT ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Hymn Of Heaven – Phil Wickham
RECORDED GOSPEL TRADITIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR: “My Portion” – Jekalyn Carr
SPANISH RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “Danzando” – Gateway Worship Español, ft. Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D’Clario, Travy Joe, Josh Morales
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY/ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: God Is Real – The Sound
RECORDED ROCK/CONTEMPORARY SONG OF THE YEAR: “Higher Power” – CROWDER, ft. Hulvey
GOSPEL WORSHIP RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR: “Breathe” – Maverick City Music, ft. DOE, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore
RECORDED POP/CONTEMPORARY SONG OF THE YEAR: “My Jesus” – Anne Wilson
Select quotes from the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards:
“It’s amazing when we come together and love each other and stand up for justice, it’s amazing what God is going to do. It’s amazing what He has already done. But He wants to do so much more. I believe that God will move in this industry more than He ever has before. The God we serve responds to faithfulness and the testimonies I have heard through this song have blessed my life. I want us to understand that the God of miracles still does miracles. So keep believing. – CeCe Winans receiving Song of the Year Award
“I have been leading worship since I was 12 years old. I can’t believe God is giving me a voice beyond the walls of my church to write new prayers to sing for the church. It’s just another reason to remember God’s grace and faithfulness in our lives. – Phil Wickham accepting the award for Worship Album of the Year
“When we sing together in all languages and from all nations, it is literally the sound of heaven. It is literally a picture of heaven because one day we will all sing around the throne of heaven. This shows the beautiful diversity in the kingdom of God. – Marcos Witt presenting the Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year award
“This project was an intentional move to come together and collaborate with people who weren’t like everyone else. It was an intentional opportunity for us to come together and write songs, not just give someone a song and say here sing this. We said, let’s get together and you write down what the Lord is doing in you and I’ll write down what the Lord is doing in me and let’s put it together. – Naomi Raine of Maverick City Music accepting the Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year award
“This is our first Dove award we have ever received. How humbled we are to be mentioned alongside these other artists. This recording was made with the idea that the greatest proof of the existence of God is the changed life of a disciple of Christ. Thank you very much.” – Levi Mills of The Sound accepting the award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year
“I’m so grateful for the power of songs and especially ‘My Jesus.’ This song has touched so many lives. A woman recently confided to me that she was struggling to keep on living. She heard ‘My Jesus’ coming on the radio and decided to give her life to Jesus. This is the power songs, especially songs that glorify the Lord – Anne Wilson accepting the award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
The 53rd 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 screenwriter, Scott Moore and Go Live Productions as production manager.