The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees were announced on Wednesday morning at Lipscomb University, with Zach Williams and Lauren Daigle leading the nominated artists with five nominations each.

Daigle has won big at the Dove Awards the past two years. At last year’s ceremony, Daigle won Artist of the Year, just after clinching the New Artist of the Year award the year before. Daigle was not nominated for Artist of the Year this time, but she is nominated for Songwriter of the Year (Artist).

Williams, however, did succeed in securing a nomination for New Artist of the Year. Writer and producer Wayne Haun grabbed the most nominations overall, with six. Bernie Herms and David Garcia followed with five each.

GMA executive director Jackie Patillo announced that this year’s theme for the Dove Awards is “Sound the Remedy.” Last year’s theme was “Love Amplified.”

“Gospel Music is the only genre that is defined by its lyrics, and we believe that the message in our music is God’s remedy to the world,” Patillo said.

The Dove Awards will take place on October 17, 2017, returning to Lipscomb’s Allen Arena for the fifth consecutive year. The show will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network on October 22.


Artist of the Year

Chris Tomlin, sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

for KING & COUNTRY, Word Entertainment

Hillsong United, Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow Records

MercyMe, Fair Trade Services

TobyMac, ForeFront Records


New Artist of the Year

Bri (Briana Babineaux), Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot Records

Micah Tyler, Fair Trade Services

Social Club Misfits, Capitol CMG Label Group

Steven Malcolm, Word Entertainment

Zach Williams, Provident Entertainment Group


Song of the Year

Chain Breaker
(writers) Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, Zach Williams
(publishers) Anthems of Hope/ Be Essential Songs, Not Just Another Song Publishing, So Essential Tunes, Upside Down Under, Wisteria Drive

Come Alive (Dry Bones)
(writers) Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren
(publishers) Wordspring Music, LLC, CentricSongs, Farren Love And War Publishing

Even If
(writers) Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis, David Garcia, Tim Timmons
(publishers) D Soul Music, Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing, 9t One Songs, Ariose Music, So Essential Tunes, Crystallized Tunes of MercyMe

Eye Of The Storm
(writers) Bryan Fowler, Ryan Stevenson
(publishers) Songs Of Emack, Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing, Capitol CMG Genesis, TrueMuse

Feel Invincible
(writers) John Cooper, Seth Mosley
(publisher) Photon Music

Great Are You Lord
(writers) David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan
(publishers) Integrity’s Alleluia! Music, Integrity’s Praise! Music, Open Hands Music, So Essential Tunes

King Of The World
(writers) Sam Mizell, Becca Mizell, Natalie Grant
(publisher) SeeSeeBubba Songs, Maxx Melodies, BMG Platinum Songs, Takin It To The Maxx

O Come to The Altar
(writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
(publishers) Music by Elevation Worship Publishing

The Lion And The Lamb
(writers) Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring
(publishers) Meaux Mercy, Thankyou Music, The Devil Is A Liar! Publishing, Bethel Music Publishing

Thy Will
(writers) Bernie Herms, Emily Lynn Weisband, Hillary Scott
(publishers) Songs of Universal, Inc., W. B. M. Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., WB Music Corp.

What A Beautiful Name
(writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood
(publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing


Songwriter of the Year (Artist)

Bart Millard

Chris Tomlin

Hillary Scott

Kirk Franklin

Lauren Daigle


Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)

Bernie Herms

Bryan Fowler

Jonathan Smith

Mia Fieldes

Michael Farren


Traditional Gospel Album of the Year

The Journey LIVEDonnie McClurkin, (producers) Donnie McClurkin, Trent Phillips, Tre’ Corley

Azusa The Next Generation 2: BetterHezekiah Walker, (producers) Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker

You Deserve ItJ.J. Hairston Youthful Praise, (producer) J.J. Hairston


Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year

The Misadventures Of Fern and MartySocial Club Misfits, (producers) Elvin “Wit” Shahbazian, 42 North, Tommy Revenge, Ruslan Odnoralov, Black Knight, Raymond Castro, Social Club Misfits

Steven MalcolmSteven Malcolm, (producer) Joseph Prielozny

The Waiting RoomTrip Lee, (producer) Gabriel Azucena, James Foye III, Chris Macley, John McNeil, Joel McNeil , Alex Medina, Allen Swoope, Almondo Cresso, Chris Macley, Joseph Prielozny, Tyshane Thompson


Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year

American ProdigalCrowder, (producers) David Crowder, David Garcia, Solomon Olds, Ed Cash, Hank Bentley

H A R D L O V ENEEDTOBREATHE, (producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Jon Levine Dave Tozer, Ed Cash, Ido Zmishlany

UnleashedSkillet, (producer) Zachary Kelm


Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year

“Priceless”for KING & COUNTRY, (writers) Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, Seth Mosley, Tedd Tjornhom, Ben Backus

“Come Alive (Dry Bones)”Lauren Daigle, (writers) Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren

“Even If”MercyMe, (writers) Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis, David Garcia, Tim Timmons

“Eye of the Storm (feat. GabeReal)”Ryan Stevenson, (writers) Bryan Fowler, Ryan Stevenson

“Chain Breaker”Zach Williams, (writers) Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, Zach Williams


Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year

“The Right Hand of Fellowship”Bradley Walker, (writers) Larry Cordle, Leslie Winn Satcher

“Better Together”Gaither Vocal Band, (writers) William J. Gaither, Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire, Chip Davis

“Here He Comes”Joseph Habedank, (writers) Joseph Habedank, Chris Cron, Tony Wood

“I Choose Christ”Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Gerald Crabb, Jason Cox, Sue C. Smith

“Never Forsaken”Tribute Quartet, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey


Inspirational Film of the Year

Ben-Hur, (director) Timur Bekmambetov (producers) LightWorkers Media, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sean Daniel Company

I’m Not Ashamed, (director) Brian Baugh (producers) Visible Pictures, Big Film Factory, Pure Flix Entertainment

Priceless, (director) Ben Smallbone (producer) Roadside Attractions

The Case For Christ, (director) Jon Gunn (producers) Triple Horse Studios, Pure Flix Entertainment

The Shack, (directors) Stuart Hazeldine (producers) Netter Productions, Summit Entertainment


To view the full list of nominees from all categories, visit the Dove Awards site.

Photo by Ben Davis

Share This