by VICTORIA HENLEY
Since 1969, the Dove Awards have honored outstanding achievements and excellence within the Christian and gospel music fields, providing a platform for artists within the genres to receive the recognition they so richly deserve.
Initially, the Dove Awards placed a primary focus upon more traditional Gospel Music, subsequently expanding to recognize spirituality centric music within the realms of pop, rap, rock, hip-hop, country and urban music.
Hosted by the beautiful, stately, and impressive Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., the 53rd Annual Dove Awards not only celebrated the most illustrious singers, songwriters, producers, composers, and musicians in the industry, but also Christian films, stage plays, and works of literature that have made serious waves among critics and the public alike.
Energy filled the air as the dynamic host duo of Chris Tomlin and Erica Campbell took the massive stage to present some of the the most prestigious and coveted awards in Christian and gospel music as a stellar line up of nominees took to the stage.
The stellar line up of performers and presenters included Anne Wilson, Blessing Ofor, Brooke Ligertwood, host Chris Tomlin, Crowder, The Nelons , Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Toby Mac, We The Kingdom, and many more household names. Lively banter between the hosts, show-stopping guest performances, and entertaining video packages featuring music video clips, back-stories, and exclusive interviews with the featured performers and nominees helped comprise the content-packed show, offering a thrilling spectacle for the nearly sold out crowd and the millions of viewers who would be witnessing the magic of the Dove Awards on their televisions just days later on TBN.
An exciting array of evening’s biggest and brightest stars who took home top awards in some of the show’s most competitive categories visited the media room following their respective wins, including Anne Wilson (for her chart topping single, “My Jesus”), the legendary CeCe Winans (winner of one of the award show’s biggest honors, “Artist of the Year”), Maverick City Music, “Fake It”, a short form video performance featuring Tauren Wells and many other deserving creatives within the Christian and gospel realm.
The Sound, who we have repeatedly covered via written and audio platforms, was elated to receive their first ever Dove Award for their groundbreaking bluegrass/ country/roots album, “God is Real.”
The Dove Awards’ red carpet and press and media room remains one of the industry’s most sought after media platforms to garner exclusive content from the Christian and gospel music industry’s most glamorous evening, and the hardworking Wortman Works media team created a warm, hospitable, and welcoming atmosphere for all the members of press and media, including a multi-course buffet spread, a well curated media set up where members of press could easily interact with the evening’s stars, comfortable seating, and a comprehensive breakdown of information for the event’s hosts, nominees, and performers.
The 53rd Annual Dove Awards featured dynamic artists, a world class production aesthetic and a bevy of creatives who truly and fully embody and encapsulate the message they convey through their music and art: a message of kindness, faithfulness and love, shining a light on the Fruits of the Spirit and using their platforms for continued purpose.
Special thanks to Jules Wortman and the entire Wortman Works media team for having us back, and be sure to look out for our official Dove Awards Press Room spotlight special by searching “Backstage Pass with Victoria” on IHeartRadio.com or wherever you get your podcasts!