Lecrae, newcomer Lauren Daigle and writer/producer Seth Mosely won top honors Tuesday (Oct. 13) at the 46th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards in Nashville at David Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.
Moseley took home four honors, including songwriter and producer of the year. Lecrae won three awards including artist of the year and accepted the honor via video from the road. His 2014 album, Anomaly, won rap/hip hop album of the year.
The Doves further spotlighted Daigle’s breakthrough year. “I’m so thankful. I feel like this is the warm hug from the industry,” said Daigle, who won Doves for new artist, song and pop/contemporary song of the year. “I’m just blown away by the support.”
Tasha Cobb was named gospel artist of the year, but says it doesn’t inflate her ego. “Every time someone acknowledges what I do to glorify God, it has a reverse effect. It humbles you,” she said. “It brings you to a place of humility [telling God] ‘I don’t know why you choose to use me like you do, but I’m available.”
American Idol alum Colton Dixon won the Dove for rock/contemporary album of the year for Anchor. “I’m very, very honored and thankful for this and totally surprised by it,” Dixon said backstage. “I’m happy to serve and happy to be in this industry with artists I look up to and I love.”
Christian music icon Michael W. Smith picked up his 45th Dove Award for Christmas album of the year for his 2014 set The Spirit of Christmas. “I’m more excited for Robert Deaton and David Hamilton and I’m excited for all the people who contributed to this record — Bono, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and Michael McDonald. I’m singing with a Doobie Brother! The people who came to be a part of this record is pretty magical. I usually never say the word, but I really am proud of this project and it wouldn’t be what is it without Robert and David and all the artists who came in and brought their talents.”
The Oak Ridge Boys won country song of the year for “Sweet Jesus,” a song on their current album Rock of Ages that features Merle Haggard. “To win a coveted Dove Award is a chilling experience; however, to share this with Merle Haggard is beyond words,” said the Oak Ridge Boys’ Duane Allen.
Brian Courtney Wilson picked up his first Dove Award for traditional gospel album of the year for Worth Fighting For. “This means a lot to me because it’s my first live record, but also because the experiences these songs were born out of are very personal,” Wilson said. “That they’ve resonated with people across the world means a lot to me.”
Karen Peck & New River won the Dove for southern gospel album of the year for Pray Now. “That’s been our theme for this year is to keep praying because prayer does change things,” said Peck, who shared backstage that her husband had been battling cancer this year and was declared cancer free a few weeks ago. “The Lord has been good and every song on this album has ministered to our hearts.”
This year’s win was the group’s fourth Dove win. “We know what we do is a calling and it’s about seeing people saved and hearts touched and turned toward the Lord. That’s the number one goal, but nights like tonight was the Lord encouraging us. Ecclesiastes says: ‘It’s not wise to say you’ve seen your better days because your best days are ahead of you.’ Susan and I started this group and 25 years next year and we’re so thankful we’re still out here after all these years.”
Building 429 opened the Doves with a high energy performance of “Impossible.” “We’re an impossibility,” lead vocalist Jason said backstage. “We shouldn’t be here. We’ve been here 15 years doing this and it’s a miracle we’re still here. God has allowed us to do some unbelievable things. Every time we see these big old mountains and we think they’re not going to move, but often times the mountain in the way is just a doorway through which God walks and shows himself faithful time and time again. We wrote that song because we believe there’s power. With God all things are possible.”
The Doves air Oct. 18 on Trinity Broadcast Network and were hosted by Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson and Erica Campbell, who earned a Dove for contemporary gospel/urban song of the year for I Luh God. “However you say it, it’s still giving him glory,” Campbell said of the song’s title. “In the culture and what’s happening in music…If I can write something that can maybe change the dynamic, then I feel like I’m planting a seed.”
For a complete list of winners, visit www.gospelmusic.org