Events News | 53rd Annual GMA Dove Award Nominees Announced

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Nashville, Tenn (August 10, 2022) – The Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce the 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 Wilson, Ben Glover, FOR KING + COUNTRY , Jeff Sojka, Jonathan Smith and Phil Wickham and five (5) for Brandon Lake, CeCe Winans, Chandler Moore, Chris Brown, Jonathan Jay and Steven Furtick. Voted on by professional GMA members, this year’s nominees were chosen from more than 2,087 submitted nominations.

The nominees were announced at a live event hosted by artists featuring Jimmie Allen, Erica Campbell, Evan Craft, Sonya Isaacs, Brandon Lake, Trip Lee, Chris Tomlin, and Tye Tribett. The announcement was broadcast live on the GMA Dove Awards YouTube and Facebook pages.

“Congratulations to the impressive list of nominees for this year’s Dove Awards,” said GMA Chairman 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 raise one voice – the sound of heaven.

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

Below is the list of nominations announced during today’s livestream. For the full list of nominees, visit

For official social media resources, click here. Images of the top nominees can be found here. The logos for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards can be found here.

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 Almighty God” (writers) David Crowder, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka
“Hang 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

Artist of the Year
CeCe Winans
Maverick Town Music
we the kingdom
Zach Williams

New Artist of the Year – Presented by Cantinas Arts
Anne Wilson
Jordan Saint-Cyr
Ryan Ellis

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
No church for a while – Lecrae, 1K Phew
The end. -Trip Lee
TWO UP TWO DOWN – Aaron Cole
Unstoppable (United We Can) – Angie Rose
SUPERIOR – indie tribe

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

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Healer – Throwing Crowns
Milk & Honey – Crowder
My Jesus – Anne Wilson
Arise – CAIN
What are we waiting for? – FOR KING + COUNTRY

Recorded Bluegrass/Country/Roots Song of the Year
“It’s Alright” – Carrie Underwood
“God is Real” – The Sound
“Grace and Kindness” – 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

Southern Gospel Album of the Year
2:22 – Karen Peck and New River
Just sing! – The Collingsworth family
Keeping On – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
More to the story – The Kingsmen
Something New – Legacy Five

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

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

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

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

Cult album of the year
Are we there already? – Hillsong UNITED
Homecoming (Live) – Bethel Music
Anthem of Heaven – Phil Wickham
LION – Worship of Elevation
SEVEN (Live) – Brooke Ligertwood

Recorded Song of the Year in Spanish
“A Ceigas” – Indieomar, Musiko
“Color of 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 Music, Miel San Marcos
“Mi Salvador” – Mosaic Msc

Inspirational Movie/Series of the Year
American Underdog
blue miracle
redemptive love
The chosen
music of jesus

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


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