The Gospel Music Association has revealed the highly anticipated list of nominees for the 54th annual GMA Dove Awards, and at the forefront is Brandon Lake from Maverick City Music, leading with a remarkable 11 nominations, including prestigious categories such as ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year.’
Among the top contenders, songwriter Jeff Pardo stands out with an impressive eight nominations, while Jason Ingram and Kirk Franklin have each earned six nominations. Notable recognition also goes to Katy Nichole, Lauren Daigle, and Naomi Raine, who have secured four nominations apiece.
The nominees were unveiled during a live-streamed event hosted by renowned artists including Jason Crabb, Jordan Feliz, Danny Gokey, Natalie Grant, and JJ Hairston. This announcement was premiered exclusively on the GMA Dove Awards’ official YouTube channel.
The Dove Awards, initiated by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) in 1969, serve as a platform to honor exceptional accomplishments within the Christian music industry. The 54th GMA Dove Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on October 17, 2023, at Allen Arena, Lipscomb University, located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here’s a look at some of the nominees in various categories:
Song of the Year
- “Build A Boat” (Writers: Colton Dixon, Seth Mosley, Johan Lindbrandt, Sandro Cavazza, Mikey Gormley)
- “Fear Is Not My Future” (Writers: Kirk Franklin, Brandon Lake, Jonathan Jay, Hannah Shackleford, Nicole Hannel)
- “God Really Loves Us” (Writers: David Crowder, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka, Dante Bowe)
- “Goodness Of God” (Writers: Ben Fielding, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Jenn Johnson, Brian Johnson)
- “Gratitude” (Writers: Brandon Lake, Ben Hastings, Dante Bowe)
- “In Jesus Name (God Of Possible)” (Writers: Ethan Hulse, Katy Nichole, David Andrew Spencer, Jeff Pardo)
- “Love Me Like I Am” (Writers: Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Michael Pollack, Josh Kerr)
- “Perfectly Loved” (Writers: Rachael Lampa, Andrew Ripp, Ethan Hulse)
- “Same God” (Writers: Brandon Lake, Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Pat Barrett)
- “Then Christ Came” (Writers: Bart Millard, Phil Wickham, Jason Ingram, David Leonard)
Artist of the Year
- Brandon Lake
- CeCe Winans
- for KING + COUNTRY
- Lauren Daigle
- Phil Wickham
New Artist of the Year
- Ben Fuller
- Jon Reddick
- Katy Nichole
- Naomi Raine
These nominations exemplify the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals and groups within the Christian music industry. The 54th GMA Dove Awards promises to be a celebration of talent, dedication, and inspiration within the realm of faith-inspired music.