Gospel Music Association Moves Dove Awards to Atlanta

By Kevin P. Donovan | Christian Post Reporter

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) said it was taking a “bold step” Tuesday in hosting the next Dove Awards in a place outside of Nashville for the first time. After announcing the renewal of its partnership with the Gospel Music Channel (GMC), the GMA said it was hosting the 42nd Annual Dove Awards on Apr. 20, 2011, in Atlanta, where GMC is headquartered.

For the past three years, the Dove Awards have been televised live by GMC after decades of being syndicated and later shown on tape.

Aside from GMC, Atlanta is also home to many of the Christian music industry’s biggest names, including Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Bishop Paul Morton, and Canton Jones, among others.

“We Atlantans are so happy to welcome the Dove Awards to Atlanta this year,” remarked 16-time Dove Award winner and platinum selling artist Chris Tomlin. “How exciting to celebrate and share a night together honoring God in a city I have come to know and love.”

Adding to that, Bishop Paul S. Morton commented, “To the world, Atlanta is already known to be a home for diversity in music. I am so excited that the GMA has chosen to bring the Dove Awards to our historic and beautiful city. What better way to add to the broadening musical landscape of Gospel Music.”

Sometimes referred to as the Christian Grammys, the GMA Dove Awards brings together artists from every style of gospel music for a night of music and celebration. While the awards are a highlight of the show, music performances also take center stage at the GMA Dove Awards, which showcases some of gospel music’s top-selling and most diverse artists. READ MORE


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