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.