GMA Dove Award

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Dove Award

Dove Awards logo
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the Christian music industry
Presented byGospel Music Association
CountryUnited States
First awarded1969
Official websiteDoveAwards.com
 
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Dove Award

Dove Awards logo
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the Christian music industry
Presented byGospel Music Association
CountryUnited States
First awarded1969
Official websiteDoveAwards.com

A Dove Award is an accolade by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the Christian music industry. The awards are presented at an annual ceremony called the GMA Dove Awards. Formerly, the ceremony took place in Nashville, Tennessee, but since 2011 the ceremony has been held in Atlanta, Georgia. The ceremonies feature live musical performances and are broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel.[1]

The awards were established in 1969, and represent a variety of musical styles, including rock, pop, hip hop, country, and urban.[2][3]

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History

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The Dove Awards were originally conceptualized by Gospel singer and songwriter Bill Gaither, at a Gospel Music Association board meeting in 1968. The idea of the award being represented by a dove is credited to Gaither and design for the award itself is credited to gospel singer Les Beasley. The first GMA Dove Awards were held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee in October 1969. In 1971, the awards moved to Nashville, Tennessee.

The 3rd GMA Dove Awards of 1971 were deemed invalid due to apparent ballot stuffing by the southern gospel group the Blackwood Brothers, and that year is still not considered an official awards year by the Gospel Music Association. There were no awards held in 1979, due to a decision by the Gospel Music Association to move the awards from autumn to spring. Every ceremony since has been held in the spring. The first televised ceremony was the 15th GMA Dove Awards of 1984, which aired on the Christian Broadcasting Network.[4]

The awards were held in Nashville until 2011, where they have since been presented at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.[5][3]

Categories

Because of the large number of award categories (42 in 2012), and the desire to feature several performances by various artists, only the ones with the most popular interest are presented directly at the televised version of the award ceremony.[6]

General

The "General Field" includes seven awards which are not restricted by genre:

Other awards are given for performances in specific genres, as well as for other contributions such as artwork and video. As of the 43rd Dove Awards, these include:

Rap/Hip Hop & Urban

Rock

Pop

Inspirational

Gospel

Country & Bluegrass

Praise & Worship

Musicals

Others

Definition of gospel music

In 1998, due to controversy caused by two popular singles by Amy Grant and Sixpence None the Richer, the GMA published a new definition of gospel music. According to the definition, to be considered eligible for the Dove Awards, gospel music must have lyrics that are:

Prior to the definition, the only qualified music was that sold in Christian Booksellers Association affiliated stores. The new standards resulted in complaints by some fans and artists after thirteen entries were disqualified as being too secular in the 1999 Dove Awards. The rules were rescinded afterwards, and many groups disqualified by the rulings in 1999 were winners in 2000.[8]

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References

  1. ^ Skates, Sarah (April 20, 2011). "GMA Dove Awards Tonight In Atlanta". Music Row. http://www.musicrow.com/2011/04/gma-dove-awards-tonight-in-atlanta/. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jones, Kim. "GMA Dove Awards History". About.com. http://christianmusic.about.com/od/doves/a/dovehistory.htm. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Koonse, Emma (March 8, 2012). "Dove Awards 2012 Lineup Announced". The Christian Post. http://www.christianpost.com/news/dove-awards-2012-lineup-announced-71085/. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Cusic, Don (2010). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, LLC. pp. 111–113. http://books.google.com/books?id=_3jqjSKHKcwC&printsec=frontcover. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ Landrum Jr., Jonathan (February 16, 2011). "Chris Tomlin, TobyMac lead Dove Award nominations". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20110216/us-music-dove-awards/. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nominees for the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards...". GMA Dove Awards. http://www.doveawards.com/nominees.php. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Sterling, Christopher H. (2004). Encyclopedia of Radio. New York City: Taylor & Francis. p. 619. http://books.google.com/books?id=Z4XJQD4O_TkC&lpg=PA619&ots=XNJoX6gjXd&dq=%22Substantially%20based%20upon%20historically%20orthodox%20Christian%20truth%22&pg=PA619#v=onepage&q=%22Substantially%20based%20upon%20historically%20orthodox%20Christian%20truth%22&f=false. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Terry. "GMA’s "new" definition for Gospel music". Dial-the-Truth Ministries. http://www.av1611.org/crock/gmalyrics2.html. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 

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