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The Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce nominees for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Top nominations include songwriter and producer Jeff Pardo with nine (9) nominations, Matthew West and Maverick City Music with seven (7) nominations each, six (6) nominations for Anne WilsonBen GloverFOR KING + COUNTRYJeff SojkaJonathan Smith and Phil Wickham and five (5) for Brandon LakeCeCe WinansChandler MooreChris Brown, Jonathan Jay, and Steven Furtick. Voted on by the GMA Professional Membership, this year’s nominees were chosen from over 2,087 submitted entries.


Nominees were announced in an artist-hosted livestream event featuring Jimmie AllenErica CampbellEvan CraftSonya IsaacsBrandon LakeTrip LeeChris Tomlin, and Tye Tribbett.  The announcement premiered live on the GMA Dove Awards YouTube and Facebook pages.


“Congratulations to this year’s impressive list of Dove Awards nominees,” says GMA President, Jackie Patillo. “For the past few years, we’ve chosen a theme for each show that represents our community and why we celebrate. Today we announced this year’s theme, Sound of Heaven. Although our musical styles may be different, our mission is the same. Together we lift one voice – the sound of heaven.”

Voting for the final winners will run August 18th through August 25th. The GMA Dove Awards are happening live and in person in Nashville, TN, October 18th, 2022. A limited number of tickets are still available. Music City Fan Experience tickets are also available – an unforgettable, multi-day Nashville get-a-way that includes tickets to the Dove Awards. This year’s broadcast will air exclusively on TBN and the TBN app, Friday, October 21st, 2022 at 8:00p.m. ET and 10:00p.m. ET, with an encore presentation on October 28th, 2022 at 8:00p.m. ET and 10:00p.m. ET.

Artist of the Year
CeCe Winans
Maverick City Music
We The Kingdom
Zach Wiliams

New Artist of the Year – Presented by Cantinas Arts
Anne Wilson
Blessing Offor
Jordan St. Cyr
Ryan Ellis

Songwriter of the Year – Artist
Anne Wilson
Brandon Lake
Chris Brown
Dante Bowe
Matthew West
Phil Wickham

Songwriter of the Year – Non Artist
Andrew Jacob Pruis
Benjamin Glover
Jason Ingram
Joshua Kerr
Paul Duncan

Producer of the Year
Dana Sorey
Jeff Pardo
Jonathan Smith
Wayne Haun
Tony Brown & Jonathan Jay

Song of the Year
“Be Alright” (Writers) Sean Cook, Evan Craft, Willy Gonzalez
“Believe For It” (Writers) Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans, Mitch Wong
“Come What May” (Writers) Darren Mulligan, Jeff Pardo
“Good God Almighty” (Writers) David Crowder, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka
“Hold On To Me” (Writers) Lauren Daigle, Paul Duncan, Paul Mabury
“House Of The Lord” (Writers) Jonathan Smith, Phil Wickham
“Jireh” (Writers) Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine
“Look What You’ve Done” (Writers) Tasha Layton, AJ Pruis, Keith Everette Smith, Matthew West
“My Jesus” (Writers) Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Anne Wilson
“Promises” (Writers) Keila Alvarado, Joe L. Barnes, Dante Bowe, Phillip Carrington Gaines, Lemuel Marin, Aaron Moses
“Rattle!” (Writers) Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Brandon Lake

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“House of the Lord” – Phil Wickham
“In Jesus Name (God Of Possible)” – Katy Nichole
“My Jesus” – Anne Wilson
“Scars In Heaven” – Casting Crowns

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
“ABOVE ME” – Aaron Cole, ft. Parris Chariz
“Ain’t Playin’” – Steven Malcolm, Social Club Misfits
“King Jesus” – KB, nobigdyl.
“WILDIN” – Lecrae, 1K Phew
“Without You” – Social Club Misfits, ft. Riley Clemmons

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“Adulting – Live” – Jonathan McReynolds, Mali Music
“Believe For It” – CeCe Winans, ft. Lauren Daigle
“Gotta Believe” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard
“Sunday” – Koryn Hawthorne
“When I Pray” – DOE

Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year
“Breathe” – Maverick City Music, ft. DOE, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore
“Goodness of God – Live” – CeCe Winans
“Jesus “ – Phil Thompson
“Lazarus” – Maranda Curtis
“Love Song” – Travis Greene, ft. Madison Binion

Worship Recorded Song of the Year – Presented by CCLI
“God, Turn It Around” – Jon Reddick
“Hymn of Heaven” – Phil Wickham
“I Speak Jesus” – Charity Gayle
“Jireh (Radio Version)” – Maverick City Music ft. Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine
“Know You Will” – Hillsong UNITED

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“Altogether Good – Live” – Citizens
“Higher Power” – Crowder, ft. Hulvey
“i love You” – JUDAH., ft. Dante Bowe, Aaron Moses
“I Need You” – Gable Price and Friends
“Surviving The Game” – Skillet

Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
“A Woman – Live” – FAITHFUL, ft. Amy Grant, Ellie Holcomb
“God Is Good” – Francesca Battistelli
“I’ve Got Joy” – CeCe Winans
“Lift Every Voice And Sing” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard
“You’re Gonna Be Ok” – Bethel Music, ft. Jenn Johnson

Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“Answer Is Jesus” – Karen Peck & New River
“Child of the King” – Joseph Habedank
“My Feet Are On The Rock” – Gaither Vocal Band
“Not One Word” – The Collingsworth Family
“Overcome” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year
“All Is Well” – Carrie Underwood
“God Is Real” – The Sound
“Grace And Goodness” – Sunday Drive
“In The Sweet By And By” – Dolly Parton, ft. Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker
“Mamas” – Anne Wilson, ft. Hillary Scott

Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
“All I Need” – Jason Nelson
“All Of My Help – Live” – Ricky Dillard
“Help Me” – Tamela Mann, ft. The Fellas
“My Portion” – Jekalyn Carr
“Your Presence Is A Gift” – E. Dewey Smith

Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year
“A Ceigas” – Indieomar, Musiko
“Color de Alegria” – Andy Alemany, TWICE, Samuel ASH
“Danzando” – Gateway Worship Español, ft. Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D’Clario, Travy Joe, Josh Morales
“Júbilo” – Maverick City Música, Miel San Marcos
“Mi Salvador” – Mosaic Msc

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
No Church In A While – Lecrae, 1K Phew
The End. – Trip Lee
TWO UP TWO DOWN – Aaron Cole
Unstoppable (United We Can) – Angie Rose
UPPERHAND – indie tribe

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Healer – Casting Crowns
Milk & Honey – Crowder
My Jesus – Anne Wilson
Rise Up – CAIN
What Are We Waiting For? – FOR KING + COUNTRY

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year
Dominion – Skillet
Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart (Deluxe Edition) – Chris Renzema
interrobang – Switchfoot
Into The Mystery – NEEDTOBREATHE
The Joy of Being Together (Live) – Citizens

Southern Gospel Album of the Year
2:22 – Karen Peck & New River
Just Sing! – The Collingsworth Family
Keeping On – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
More To The Story – The Kingsmen
Something New – Legacy Five

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year
Clarity – DOE
Jonny X Mail: Live in LA (Stereo) – Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music
Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition – Maverick City Music
Oil + Water – Travis Greene
One Touch – Jabari Johnson

Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live) – Ricky Dillard
God Period – E. Dewey Smith
Keep Hymns Alive – Bishop Leonard Scott
Quartagious (Deluxe Edition) – The Williams Singers
Third Round – Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling

Gospel Worship Album of the Year
Anthems & Glory (Live) – Todd Dulaney
Close – Jason Nelson
Die To Live – Maranda Curtis
Lion Of Judah – Phil Thompson
Tribl Nights Atlanta – Tribl, Maverick City Music

Worship Album of the Year
Are We There Yet? – Hillsong UNITED
Homecoming (Live) – Bethel Music
Hymn of Heaven – Phil Wickham
LION – Elevation Worship
SEVEN (Live) – Brooke Ligertwood

Inspirational Album of the Year
Be Still & Know – Jordan Smith
Beloved – Lee Black
David (Original Cast Recording) – Sight & Sound Theatres
One Name – Selah
Sing! In Christ Alone – Live at the Getty Music Worship Conference – Keith & Kristyn Getty

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year
Breaking Boundaries – Sunday Drive
Confessio – Irish American Roots – Keith & Kristyn Getty
Country Faith Bluegrass – Various Artists
God Is Real – The Sound
One On One – Gary LeVox

Spanish Language Album of the Year
Fe – Ricardo Montaner
Rojo – Funky
Sana Nuestra Nación – Generación 12
Venga Tu Reino – Maverick City Música, Maverick City Music
Viviré – Marcos Witt

Children’s Album of the Year
Getty Kids Hymnal – Hymns from Home – Keith & Kristyn Getty, ft. The Getty Girls
Sing the Bible, Vol 4 – Slugs and Bugs
Worship in the World (Live) – Shane & Shane, Kingdom Kids

Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year
A Family Christmas – We The Kingdom
A Very Maverick Christmas – Maverick City Music
Emmanuel: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) – Chris Tomlin
We Need Christmas – Matthew West
Wonderful – CAIN

Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
Canyon – Ellie Holcomb
LION – Elevation Worship
Milk & Honey – Crowder
Rise Up – CAIN
SEVEN (Live) – Brooke Ligertwood

Short Form Music Video of the Year (Concept)
Promised Land – TobyMac
Sure Thing – Hillsong UNITED
Surviving The Game – Skillet
Weary Traveler – Jordan St. Cyr

Short Form Music Video of the Year (Performance)
Christ Our King – Village Lights, ft. Sarah Kroger
Fake It – Tauren Wells, ft. Aaron Cole
For God Is With Us – for KING & COUNTRY
i love You – JUDAH., ft. Dante Bowe, Aaron Moses
Magnetic – Newsboys

Long Form Video of the Year
Live In Denver – TobyMac
What Are We Waiting For? | The Worldwide Special – for KING & COUNTRY
Wild Heart Live At The Cascade Theatre – Kim Walker-Smith

Inspirational Film/Series of the Year
American Underdog
Blue Miracle
Redeeming Love
The Chosen
The Jesus Music

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 scriptwriter, Scott Moore and Go Live Productions as production manager.

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