The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the first round of all-star performers for the historic 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards, set for October 15 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. The landmark event will feature performances by Contemporary Christian Music trailblazer TobyMac, chart-topping modern worship group Hillsong Worship and award-winning Gospel legend, Kirk Franklin. In conjunction with the performer announcement, GMA recognizes Nature's Nate Honey Co. and Christian Healthcare Ministries as premier sponsors of the 50th anniversary. The Dove Awards will air on TBN on Sunday, October 20, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Find your TBN local listings here.
"At Nature Nate's Honey Co., we are passionate about stewarding the resources God has entrusted to us. We believe that everyone's life can be a little sweeter with music and a message of hope," said Nature Nate's Honey Co. President and CEO, Nathan Sheets. "Our Honey Gives Hope initiative impacts programs that support music, ministry and community. With that spirit in mind, we are honored to be a Premier Sponsor of the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards.
Lauren Daigle leads artist nominations with six, followed by for KING & COUNTRY and Kirk Franklin with five nods each. Top nominated writer/producer Wayne Haun scored 10 nominations. View the full list of nominees here.
The 50th celebration will be a powerful evening of high-energy and unforgettable vocal events paying tribute to 50 years of special appearances and sensational stage highlights over the decades. Performances representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more will make up an evening praising the rich musical diversity from the past, present and future of Gospel and Christian music. Nominees are determined by GMA's professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership. For more information or to purchase tickets to the show, visit www.doveawards.com.