The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces multi-Dove Award winning powerhouse Erica Campbell, the five time Grammy winner and WEtv star of the hit show "Mary Mary," and New York Times best-selling author Sadie Robertson as the co-hosts for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards (www.doveawards.com). Additionally, the Song and Songwriter of the Year categories are announced today. The Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 13th, live from Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and will air exclusively on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18th at 9:00 p.m (CST). For Dove updates and breaking news, please visit the Gospel Music Association's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. The full list of nominees can be found here: FULL LIST OF 46th ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARD NOMINEES.
Songwriter of the Year (Artist)
Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)
David Arthur Garcia
Song of the Year
"Come As You Are" -- Crowder (writers) Ben Glover, David Crowder, Matt Maher
"Greater" -- MercyMe (writers) Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Ben Glover, David Garcia, Mike Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran, Robby Shaffer
"He Knows My Name" - Francesca Battistelli (writers) Francesca Battistelli, Mia Fieldes, Seth Mosley
"Hope In Front Of Me" - Danny Gokey (writers) Bernie Herms, Brett James, Danny Gokey
"How Can It Be" -- Lauren Daigle (writers) Jason Ingram, Jeff Johnson, Paul Mabury
"Multiplied" -- NEEDTOBREATHE (writers) Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart
"Overwhelmed" - Big Daddy Weave (writers) Michael Weaver, Phil Wickham
"This Is Amazing Grace" -- Phil Wickham (writers) Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, Phil Wickham
"Thrive" - Casting Crowns (writers) Mark Hall, Matthew West
"We Believe" -- Newsboys (writers) Matthew Hooper, Richie Fike, Travis Ryan
"I'm super excited to be co-hosting the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards this year," Erica Campbell says. "It's going to be an amazing night especially since I get to stand next to the lovely Sadie Robertson as co-host! I truly believe we are better together! I believe God smiles when we stand united for His Glory!"
"I'm so excited to host this years Dove Awards," Sadie Robertson says. "It is a true honor to be able to share the stage with Erica Campbell, and it's going to be a great night. I am really looking forward to it!"
Campbell recalls one of her fondest Dove Awards memories as she prepares for her hosting spotlight. "I remember my first Dove Awards performance with gospel legend Kirk Franklin at the Grand Ole Opry! Tina (of Mary Mary) and I were so nervous and excited! But the audience praised God with us as we sang Shackles! Our outfits were terrible but the night was amazing!"
"I am elated to announce that Sadie Robertson and Erica Campbell will be hosting this year's Dove Awards," says GMA President and Executive Director Jackie Patillo. "Sadie is faithfully using her voice and celebrity to share how you can lead a positive and wholesome life, while enjoying your youth. Erica Campbell is a master at commanding the stage and we know she will have all of us in the palm of her hand on October 13."
Last week, the GMA announced the nominees for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards with Lecrae leading the pack with 9 nominations, followed by for KING & COUNTRY with 7 and Crowder and Matt Maher each receiving 6.
The GMA Dove Awards will feature artists from every style of Gospel/Christian music coming together to celebrate the impact of its music. Dove Award nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members with the winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. The awards are produced by the GMA.
Tickets to the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at www.doveawards.com. Ticket prices range from $35.00 to $200.00.