It’s been a few years since the Gospel Music Association made the radical decision to move the Dove Awards to Atlanta. The most popular post in the history of this blog was titled Gospel Music Association…”We Are Not Nashville.” It was a post that questioned the move during a time when Nashville was recovering from the big flood of 2010. Thankfully, the GMA found new leadership who appear to be steering the ship back in a positive direction and away from the looming iceberg it was headed for.
My two year boycott of the Dove Awards was forced to end by the nomination of our artist, OBB, in the Pop Contemporary Album category along with the show moving back to Nashville. That gave me a reason to test drive the Dove Awards once again.
Jackie Patillo, current leader of the GMA, and her team did a wonderful job with the show this year. Production was at a high level despite the low budget they have to work with and the location of Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena felt like a perfect fit. Most genre’s were represented fairly with performances throughout the evening and the host combinations of Bone Hampton & Chonda Pierce and Kirk Franklin & Amy Grant played out well. Performances by NeedToBreathe, Tobymac, Jason Crabb & Jay DeMarcus, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo and KB were all high points but I would have to say Tamela Mann stole the show with her emotional performance of “Take Me To The King!” It was also nice to see Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons” walk away with so many awards. That song has ministered to and impacted millions around the world in so many more ways than just being a radio hit.
I am happy to see the Dove Awards back in Nashville where they belong. Hats off to the GMA & their Board for making that happen! I look forward to seeing how the new GMA story unfolds.