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Gospel Music Channel’s Dove Awards coming to Atlanta

The 2009 logo

The 2009 logo

Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, normally taped in Nashville, is moving to Atlanta next year for the first time in  its 42-year history.

Given that Nashville is the nexis for gospel and Christian music, this would be odd except the network airing the show, the Gospel Music Channel, happens to be headquartered in Atlanta.

The show, the Christian music equivalent of the Grammys, will be held at the Fox Theatre April 20, 2011.

Atlanta may be better known for hip hop but it does have a fair share of Christian artists such Third Day, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Dottie Peoples and Bishop Paul Morton. From the press release:

“GMC is thrilled to present the Dove Awards for another year to Gospel and Christian music fans,” said Charley Humbard, President and CEO of GMC.  He added, “As the leading television provider of Gospel music, we are dedicated to making GMC the television home of Gospel and Christian music’s biggest events.”

“That’s awesome news,” said Mark Hall, lead singer of McDonough’s award-winning group Casting Crowns.  I caught him by phone while he was entertaining his youth group at Six Flags Over Georgia. “It’s a great statement for Atlanta to have a lot of faith-based music being recognized that way.” As for his group, “we’re still down in McDonough keeping it real on the South side!”

This is the third major music awards show to be based in Atlanta, following the BET Hip Hop Awards and the Soul Train Awards.

2 comments Add your comment

@Rodney Ho

July 27th, 2010
7:56 pm

Rodney please let the world know what total bullshet artists the Two Live Stews are for fabricating a story throughout their broadcast today that President Obama would be appearing on their show, and doing it without any hint of sarcasm at all.

Not only did they lie to the listeners in a deliberate attempt to boost ratings, they had the single weakest comedy bit in the history of Atlanta radio with their Obama impersonator.

It’s one thing to do a tongue in cheek Obama is going to be on the show today, but it’s another thing entirely to violate ethics in a blatant bullshet lie, and they deserve to be called on it.

William Melvin Hicks

July 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

Christians……A funny bunch. I see them with the crosses on pendants around their necks. Do you think if Jesus does come back, he’s going to want to see another cross?