Dove Awards Celebrates 50 Years of Christian Music

Christian artist Lauren Daigle was named Artist of the Year at the 50th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in Nashville Oct. 15. GMA Facebook photo

Christian music’s past, present and future were celebrated at the 50th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

The event, held Oct. 15 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn., honored today’s top Christian and gospel artists while paying tribute to its 50-year history through highlights from previous years and performances from artists representing diverse genres.

Ben Mandrell, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, opened the event in prayer.

Christian artist Lauren Daigle won three awards, including Artist of the Year (her second time to receive the honor), Song of the Year for “You Say” and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for “Look Up Child.”

“It’s the people in this room that have held me up through this journey, the places that I’ve been able to go to, the people that I’ve been able to see … I’m so incredibly grateful to share this honor with all of you guys,” Daigle told the audience as she accepted her Artist of the Year award, according to the Tennessean.

Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury, who together produced Daigle’s album “Look Up Child,” were named Producer of the Year. Ingram also co-wrote the song “You Say” and was awarded Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist).

Gospel music veteran Kirk Franklin was named Gospel Artist of the Year, and his song “Love Theory” won for Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Other honored artists included TobyMac, Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year; Aaron Cole, New Artist of the Year; Gaither Vocal Band, Southern Gospel Artist of the Year; and Bart Millard, Songwriter of the Year (Artist).

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Source: Baptist Press