Christian music’s mainstays — in addition to a number of new faces — had a profitable night time on the 2021 GMA Dove Awards.
After a socially distanced ceremony in 2020, the Nashville-based awards present returned to its former glory earlier than a packed home at Lipscomb College’s Allen Enviornment.
The Doves, as they’re recognized, came about final Tuesday, however attendees have been requested to maintain the present beneath wraps till it aired Friday night time on Trinity Broadcasting Community (TBN).
For the second yr in a row, the night time’s high honor — Artist of the 12 months — went to Nashville rock/pop duo For King & Nation.
From the stage, the duo’s Luke Smallbone acknowledged the “bumps” that many have endured by the pandemic. For him, it was throat surgical procedure and a interval of uncertainty about his future in performing.
That night time, he mentioned he stood “extra satisfied than ever that the facility of music is remodeling.”
“The ability of music offers life to a vocal twine. The ability of music modifications everlasting locations for individuals…do not forget that. Make this actual to different individuals. Make this actual everywhere in the world, as a result of it issues.”
Gospel nice and fellow native resident CeCe Winans picked up her second award for Gospel Artist of the 12 months. She and songwriter/producer Jason Ingram have been the largest winners of the night time, every taking dwelling 4 awards.
Winans’ huge win got here after her highly effective efficiency of “Consider For It,” when she was launched by co-hosts Natalie Grant and Jonathan McReynolds as “one of many best of all time.” Nonetheless, she shook her head in disbelief as her identify was referred to as, and as the remainder of the home rose to its ft.
“I wish to thank all of those that have been within the class with me, and the entire artists which might be right here, the younger — and us who’re outdated,” Winans mentioned.
“God is devoted to each era. And I’m simply honored to be part of this business. I am honored to elevate up the identify of Jesus.”
It was additionally an evening for newcomers to shine. All 5 nominees for New Artist of the 12 months carried out this yr, with the award in the end going to Atlanta worship group Maverick Metropolis Music. It was a large second for an act that launched its debut album within the early weeks of the pandemic.
“We’re tremendous honored that you simply guys have honored us,” mentioned the group’s Naomi Raine. “However I believe what’s been most vital for us is lifting up Jesus, and simply making him the factor. And so our prayer is that each time we exit, that we do not amplify us…We wish to elevate up Jesus.”
Maybe no new act made an even bigger influence at this yr’s Doves than household band We The Kingdom, comprised of songwriter/producer Ed Money, his brother, two of his youngsters and a household good friend.
The Nashville-based group opened the night with the charging anthem “God So Liked,” as Money proclaimed, “Tonight’s about celebrating Jesus.”
Later, Money was tearing up because the group accepted their first-ever win for Up to date Christian Artist of the 12 months, besting huge acts like For King & Nation and Hillsong United.
“This implies a lot to me, as a result of I’ve seen God transfer in my household in miraculous methods,” he mentioned.
Among the many dozen performers on this yr’s present was Lauren Daigle, a crossover star and Adele-esque determine in modern Christian music. Backed by a choir, she sang “Maintain On to Me,” her first new launch since her huge 2018 album “Look Up Youngster.”
Elsewhere, the Doves continued to flaunt its trademark eclecticism, veering from bluegrass/gospel stars (and new Opry members) The Issacs to Florida-based rapper KB, who delivered an incendiary spotlight along with his trap-informed “10k.” He later picked up the award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the 12 months for “His Glory Alone.”
If you happen to missed Friday’s Dove Awards broadcast, the present is obtainable to stream on-line at watch.tbn.org and the TBN cell app.
2021 GMA Dove Awards winners (telecast)
Artist of the 12 months: For King & Nation
New Artist of the 12 months: Maverick Metropolis Music
Gospel Artist of the 12 months: CeCe Winans
Up to date Christian Artist of the 12 months: We The Kingdom
Tune of the 12 months: “The Blessing”
Worship Recorded Tune of the 12 months: “Graves Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake
Songwriter of the 12 months (Artist): Brandon Lake
Southern Gospel Artist of the 12 months: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Inspirational Movie of the 12 months: “A Week Away”
Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the 12 months: “His Glory Alone,” KB
Southern Gospel Album of the 12 months: “Change Is Coming,” Joseph Habedank
This text initially appeared on Nashville Tennessean: 2021 GMA Dove Awards winners: For King & Nation, We The Kingdom