The GMA Dove Awards were first created in the year 1969 and initially used to take place in the month of September. The awards were presented for several different music genres such as rap, praise and worship, metal, gospel, rock, country, hip hop and pop. In the years 1969 and 1970, the first two award functions took place in Memphis Tennessee. However, in the year 1971, they were made to move to Nashville, Tennessee, and have been taking place there ever since. Various successful and new artists give performances at the show every year, and the previous shows have featured performances by artists such as Amy Grant, Tenth Avenue North, Red, the David Crowder Band, Lee Greenwood, Natalie Grant, MercyMe and many others as well. While the purpose of the event may be the awards, the live performances by these outstanding musicians leave off an impression of their own, with a display of christian music's most popular and hottest singers and bands.
The only year the awards did not take place was the year 1979, due to the fact that the usual September date was moved to April, and the awards took place in the April of the year 1980 instead. Ever since then, the awards are held in April every year, with the exception of the year 1999, when they took place in March instead. During the years 2004 to 2006, the name of the event was changed to the GMA Music Awards officially. This change did not stay for long however, and shortly afterward, it went back to the popular name, the GMA Dove Awards. A press released by GMA disclosed that the 42nd award ceremony will be held on the 20th of April, 2011, at Atlanta, Georgia. It is believed that the show will be held on the historical venue, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and the host of the show would be Sherri Shepherd. The awards will be shown live on the channel GMC.
Some of the categories which are presented in the awards are New Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Producer of the Year, Worship Song of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and several others. The Dove Award is considered to be an immense honor, and they are regarded as gospel music's equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Fans are the ones that decide the votes as well as the nominations, and in this way, the fans get a chance to show their gratitude to their favorite musicians. The winners of previous Dove Awards include famous artists such as Tenth Avenue, Kari Jobe, Jars of Clay, Need to Breathe, Sidewalk Prophets, Casting Crowns, Fransesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath and more.
This highly anticipated award ceremony is once again coming your way, featuring several performances by your favorite musicians, and honoring various artists for their achievements in the year 2010. Get set to rock, as some top level excitement is ready to hit you at this mega event. Great atmosphere, famous celebrities, amazing music and enchanting live performances. Catch all that and more with your Dove Awards Tickets and have a wonderful time with your family and friends!