Appearances for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Announced Via Twitter by Show's Host, TV Personality and Comedienne Sherri Shepherd
List includes Francesca Battistelli, Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Comedienne Chonda Pierce, Marvin Sapp and Chris Tomlin
Tickets For Televised Show On Sale Now
Fans Can Vote For “Artist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year” Categories at www.watchgmctv.com/doves
NASHVILLE, TN (March 8, 2011) – The first round of appearances was announced today by this year's host for the upcoming Dove Awards. TV personality and comedienne Sherri Shepherd tweeted today the first list of performers for the upcoming 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre. Francesca Battistelli, Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Comedienne Chonda Pierce, Marvin Sapp and Chris Tomlin are the first to be announced for Gospel music’s biggest night of the year. The awards show will be televised on gmc, America's favorite network for uplifting music and entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET.
Each one of these artists has an outstanding resume in the world of music. Female vocalist nominees Francesca Battistelli (reigning female vocalist) and Natalie Grant are multi-Dove Award winners and are known to take the house down with their soaring vocal skills. Award-winning and top selling male vocalists Crabb, Sapp and Tomlin, will all bring a diverse and powerful skill set to the table as vocalist, writers and performers. Seven-time Dove Award-winners Mary Mary is marching into the spring with a new release that is garnering major media attention.
The GMA Dove Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, will feature artists from every style of Gospel/Christian music coming together for an exciting evening of music and celebration.
Dove Awards will be handed out in 43 categories. The Dove Awards nominations go to recordings released during the eligibility year from November 1, 2009 through October 31, 2010 and voted on by the members of the GMA. The complete list of nominations is available here. More exciting appearances will be announced soon.
Tickets to the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Fox Theatre box office in Atlanta or at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices range from $25 to $200. The phone number for Ticketmaster is (800) 745-3000.
Fans can now help decide who will take home the Dove Awards’ top honors in the “Artist of the Year,” and “New Artist of the Year” at www.watchgmctv.com/doves.
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community consists of members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Dove Week and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376.
gmc (www.watchgmctv.com), the fastest-growing network in television and the number one digital network in perceived value (source: BETA Research), is America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. In 2010, The Parents Television Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to gmc for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” gmc was the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor last year.
gmc can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.