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The 54th GMA Dove Awards 2023 - See full winners list + highlights

GMA Dove Awards 2023 - full winners list and highlights

The results are in for the 54th annual GMA Dove Awards. The event took place on October 17th, 2023, in Nashville under the theme Joyful Echo (from Isaiah 42:12) and was hosted by Tauren Wells. Brandon Lake was this year's top winner with four awards after leading with 11 nods: Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year - Artist, Worship Recorded Song of the Year, and Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year.

Brandon Lake and his wife at the GMA Dove Awards 2023

Expressing gratitude, Lake shared, "I'm thankful to be a part of this community," upon receiving the Artist Songwriter of the Year accolade. and "This has been the most incredible year of my life," after receiving the Artist of the Year award. Notably, he is the first male solo artist to win this top category since Zach Williams five years ago. Additionally, this is the second time in three years that Lake has been honored as Songwriter of the Year - artist.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Toby Mac, Blessing Offor, and Jeff Pardo received two awards each.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard at the 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards 2023

Tasha Cobbs Leonard won gospel worship album of the year for Hymns (Live) and traditional gospel recorded song of the year for “It Is Well.” According to her, the album was produced by her husband “This album means a lot to me because I’m a church girl, actually a PK; and one of the ways I learned scripture was through song.” Her husband added "I want to encourage everybody that's in this room to continue to carry the gospel and represent His Name"

TobyMac at GMA Dove Awards 2023

For the third time, TobyMac won pop/contemporary album of the year with "Life After Death". TobyMac’s acceptance speech was probably one of the most emotional moments. He showed appreciation to the Body that carried him through the grieving process after he lost his son, Truett at 21 of an accidental overdose in 2019. “I made this record in honor of my son Truett, my firstborn who we lost. His life was like a shot of lightning; burning fast and hot, but you couldn't help but take notice. I couldn't be more thankful for the fact that our God loves the wild ones." He added, “I made these songs in the hardest, coldest of valleys and we still don’t know why God would ask this of us...but sometimes we don’t get to ask those questions. He didn’t promise us that we wouldn’t face hard things, He didn't promise us that we wouldn’t face loss. He promised us that He would never leave us or forsake us. And I promise you this, if you take the time to look in the hardes, deepest valleys, the coldest places in this world - if you take the time to look, He is there. He's the only reason that there's Life After Death.”

Blessing Offor GMA Dove Awards 2023

TobyMac and Blessing Offor also shared the award for short-form music video of the year (performance) for “The Goodness.” Blessing Offor, a Nigerian-born American singer/songwriter, won a second award, pop/contemporary recorded song of the year for “Brighter Days.”

Elevation Worship at Dove Awards

Elevation Worship won worship album of the year for the second time in three years with LION: Live From the Loft. The band won two years ago for Old Church Basement, a collab with Maverick City Music. "We just want to continue to honour God with all He's given us"

Jason Crabb and Dylan Scott shared a heart-warming moment after winning the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year.

New Artist of the Year went to Katy Nichole, who was this year’s most-nominated woman with four nods. "Don't look at me, look at Jesus," was her emotional message. She also performed a "prayer for peace in Jerusalem" for the people in Israel and Palestine with "In Jesus' Name (God of Possible)" - A powerful performance indeed.

To celebrate the world-changing expanse of gospel music, Miel San Marcos, Daniel Calveti, Marcos Witt, Ingrid Rosario won Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year for "Coritos (En Vivo)"

Guest performers included Jordin Sparks who lit up the room with “Love Me Like I Am” with for KING + COUNTRY; Pastor Mike Jr. and Ricky Dillard for “Impossible”; Zach Williams and Walker Hayes for "Jesus' Fault"; New Day by Blanca and Jekalyn Carr and Wells teaming with Davies on “Take It All Back.” Take 6 teamed in performance with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Miel San Marcos also performed "Yeshua El Sonido De Libertad." A segment highlighting the impact of hip hop featured Hulvey, Social Club Misfit, GRITS, and TobyMac. With a standing ovation, GRITS took the audience back to 2002 with GRITS’ hit “Ooh Aah" featuring TobyMac. Lauren Diagle's "You're Gonna Be Okay", "This Is Our God" and "Gratitude" performed by Phil Wickham and Brandon Lake brought hope to many hearts.

The 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards was produced by the Gospel Music Association. Jackie Patillo and Justin Fratt served as showrunners and executive producers, alongside Curtis Stoneberger and Paul Wright as producers. Russell E. Hall returned as director, Michael Nolan as scriptwriter, Scott Moore and Go Live Productions as production manager.

Tauren Wells as host at the 54th annual GMA Dove Awards

Here is the full list of winners shared by

Song of the year

“Build A Boat,” writers: Colton Dixon, Seth Mosley, Johan Lindbrandt, Sandro

Cavazza, Mikey Gormley

“Fear Is Not My Future,” writers: Kirk Franklin, Brandon Lake, Jonathan Jay,

Hannah Shackleford, Nicole Hannel

“God Really Loves Us,” writers: David Crowder, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka, Dante


WINNER: “Goodness of God,” writers: Ben Fielding, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Jenn

Johnson, Brian Johnson

“Gratitude,” writers: Brandon Lake, Ben Hastings, Dante Bowe

“In Jesus Name (God of Possible),” writers: Ethan Hulse, Katy Nichole, David

Andrew Spencer, Jeff Pardo

“Love Me Like I Am,” writers: Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Michael

Pollack, Josh Kerr

“Perfectly Loved,” writers: Rachael Lampa, Andrew Ripp,

Ethan Hulse

“Same God,” writers: Brandon Lake, Steven Furtick, Chris Brown, Pat Barrett

“Then Christ Came,” writers: Bart Millard, Phil Wickham, Jason Ingram, David


Songwriter of the year – artist

WINNER: Brandon Lake

Chris Brown

Dante Bowe

Kirk Franklin

Phil Wickham

Songwriter of the year – non-artist

Ben Glover

Ethan Hulse

Jason Ingram

WINNER: Jeff Pardo

Jonathan Jay

Artist of the year

WINNER: Brandon Lake

CeCe Winans


Lauren Daigle

Phil Wickham

New artist of the year

WINNER: Katy Nichole

Ben Fuller


Jon Reddick

Naomi Raine

Producer of the year

WINNER: Jeff Pardo

Kenneth Leonard

Samuel ASH

Wayne Haun

Ben Glover and Jeff Sojka

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year

"no longer bound" - Forrest Frank, ft. Hulvey

WINNER: "Graves" - KB, Brandon Lake

"Spread The Opps" - Lecrae

"Jireh (My Provider)" - Limoblaze, ft. Lecrae, Happi

"SPIN BACK!" - Scootie Wop

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year

"The Lows" - Cochren & Co.

"Goodbye Ole Me" - Consumed By Fire

"Promise To Live" - Disciple

WINNER: "Brother Jack" - Gable Price and Friends

"Psycho In My Head" - Skillet

Pop/contemporary recorded song of the year

WINNER: “Brighter Days” – Blessing Offor

"I’m So Blessed (Best Day Remix)" – CAIN

"Love Me Like I Am" – for KING + COUNTRY ft. Jordin Sparks

"God Is in This Story" – Katy Nichole ft. Big Daddy Weave

"Thank God I Do" – Lauren Daigle

Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year

WINNER: "He's Been Faithful" - Brooklyn Tabernacle, ft. TaRanda Greene

"Jesus What a Lovely Name" - Gaither Vocal Band

"Welcome" - Jim & Melissa Brady

"Christ Our Hope in Life and Death" - Keith & Kristyn Getty, Michael W. Smith

"They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love" - Michael W. Smith

Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year

"I Know My Savior Cares" - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

"There Is a Mountain" - Gaither Vocal Band

"One Name" - Jeff & Sheri Easter, ft. The Sound

WINNER: "The Keepers" - Karen Peck & New River

"A Hundred Different Altars" - The Steeles

Worship recorded song of the year

WINNER: “Gratitude (Radio Version)” – Brandon Lake

"Honey in the Rock" – Brooke Ligertwood, Brandon Lake

"Holy Forever" – Chris Tomlin

"Fear Is Not My Future (Radio Version)" – Maverick City Music ft. Brandon

Lake, Chandler Moore

"This Is Our God" – Phil Wickham

Bluegrass/country/roots recorded song of the year

"Jordan" – Darin & Brooke Aldridge, ft. Ricky Skaggs, Mo Pitney, Mark Fain

WINNER: "Good Morning Mercy" – Jason Crabb, Dylan Scott

"Matchless” – Tiffany Coburn, ft. Point of Grace

"Way of the Triune God (Hallelujah Version)" – Tyler Childers

"Jesus’ Fault" – Zach Williams, ft. Walker Hayes

Spanish language recorded song of the year

"Guarda Tu Corazón" – Alex Zurdo

"So Good (Cuán Bueno)" – DOE, ft. Lilly Goodman

"Nubes" – Indiomar, ft. Blanca

WINNER: "Coritos (En Vivo)" – Miel San Marcos, Daniel Calveti, Marcos Witt, Ingrid Rosario

"Suelto" – Sarai Rivera

Gospel worship recorded song of the year

“One Name (Jesus) [Live]” – Naomi Raine

WINNER: “Impossible” – Pastor Mike Jr., ft. James Fortune

“I Still Have You” – Smokie Norful

“The Moment (Live)” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

“You’ve Been Good to Me” – Zacardi Cortez

Contemporary gospel recorded song of the year

“New Day” – Blanca, ft. Jekalyn Carr

WINNER: “Your World” – Jonathan McReynolds

“Miracles” – Kierra Sheard, ft. Pastor Mike Jr.

“Bless Me” – Maverick City Music, Kirk Franklin

“Get Up” – Tye Tribbett

Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year

"Alright" - Melvin Crispell III

"Finished (Live)" - Tamela Mann

WINNER: "It Is Well" - Tasha Cobbs Leonard

"I Need You" - The Walls Group

"See The Goodness" - VaShawn Mitchell, ft. Donnie McClurkin

Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year

"Guarda Tu Corazon" - Alex Zurdo

"So Good (Cuan Bueno)" - DOE, ft. Lilly Goodman

"Nubes" - Indiomar, ft. Blanca

WINNER: "Coritos (En Vivo)" - Miel San Marcos, Daniel Calveti, Marcos Witt, Ingrid Rosario

"Suelto" - Sarai Rivera

Children’s Recorded Song Of The Year

WINNER: "Sounding Joy" - Ellie Holcomb

"Danzo En El Río" - Miel San Marcos Kids

"Great Are You Lord" - Shout Praises Kids

"I Am Not My Own" - The Getty Girls

"The Fruit of the Spirit" - Worship Together Kids

Pop/contemporary album of the year

"My Tribe" – Blessing Offor

"Jesus Changed My Life" – Katy Nichole

"Always Only Jesus" – MercyMe

WINNER: "Life After Death" – TobyMac

"A Hundred Highways" – Zach Williams

Worship album of the year

"Come Up Here" – Bethel Music

"Honest Offering (Live)" – CAIN

"God Is Good! (Live)" – Cody Carnes

WINNER: "LION: Live From the Loft" – Elevation Worship

"Lamb of God" – Matt Redman

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year

"Death Below" - August Burns Red

"The Consequence Of Being Alive" - Gable Price and Friends

"Remade In Misery" - Memphis May Fire

WINNER: "Dominion: Day of Destiny" - Skillet

"The Final Battle" - Stryper

Southern gospel album of the year

"Think About There" – Greater Vision

"Come on In" – Guardians Quartet

"John 3:16" – Perrys

WINNER: "Believe" – The Hoppers

"Hymns & Worship" – Triumphant Quartet

Contemporary gospel album of the year

"My Truth" – Jonathan McReynolds

WINNER: "Kingdom Book One (Deluxe)" – Maverick City Music, Kirk Franklin

"Impossible" – Pastor Mike Jr.

"Overcomer (Deluxe)" – Tamela Mann

"All Things New" – Tye Tribbett

Rap/hip hop album of the year

WINNER: "Church Clothes 4" – Lecrae

"Sunday in Lagos" – Limoblaze

"Everyone Loves a Comeback Story" – Social Club Misfits

"Tree" – Steven Malcolm


Gospel Worship Album of the Year

"Tent Revival" – Forward City/Travis Greene

"Closer Than You Think" – Jonathan Traylor

"Encounter" – Todd Galberth

"Imprint" -Zacardi Cortez?

WINNER: "Hymns (Live)" – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Inspirational Album of the Year

"A Night of Worship" - Brooklyn Tabernacle

"Christ Our Hope in Life and Death" - Keith & Kristyn Getty

WINNER: "Turn Your Eyes, Vol II" - Point Of Grace

"The London Sessions" - Sarah Kroger

"Greatest Hymns, Vol III" - Selah

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year

"The Gospel Sessions, Vol I" - Authentic Unlimited

"Treasure" - Jeff & Sheri Easter

WINNER: "Light in the Canyon" - Sandra McCracken

"Lost and Found" - Southbound

"Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?" - Tyler Childers

Traditional Gospel Album of the Year

"Nothing Else Matters" - Brent Jones

WINNER: "Transitions (Live)" - Brian Courtney Wilson

"Believe Again" - JJ Hairston

"I Go To The Rock" - Whitney Houston

"Worship & Justice" - William Murphy

Spanish Language Album of the Year

"Grande y Fiel (En Vivo)" - Gateway Worship Espanol

WINNER: "Tu Reino Esta Aqui" - Generacion 12

"Lo Que Vemos" - Marcos Vidal

"Rompiendo" - Redimi2

"X SIEMPRE" - Un Corazon

Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year

"The Manager" - Anne Wilson

"Milk & Cookies: A Merry Crowder Christmas" - Crowder

"Sing: Christmas Songs" - Ellie Holcomb

WINNER: "Christmas at Home" - Michael W. Smith

"This Is Christmas" - Tasha Layton

Musical/Choral Collection of the Year

WINNER: "A Night of Worship with The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir"

"Blessed Assurance"

"Glorious Impossible"

"Tribute: Songs of Geron Davis"


Recorded Music Packaging of the Year

"As I Am" - 1K Phew

"I Can't Find The Edges of You" - Citizens

"Church Girls Love R&B" - Jor'Dan Armstrong

WINNER: "The Stories I Tell Myself" - Matt Maher


Short Form Music Video of the Year (Concept)

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" - for KING + COUNTRY

WINNER: "Thank God I Do" - Lauren Daigle

"Spread The Opps" - Lecrae

"Cornerstone" - TobyMac, ft. Zach Williams

"Heart of God" - Zach Williams

Short Form Music Video of the Year (Performance)

"Plans" - David Leonard

"Holy Forever" - Jenn Johnson

"Where The Glory Is" - Josh Baldwin

"Graves" - KB, Brandon Lake

WINNER: "The Goodness" - TobyMac, Blessing Offor

Long Form Video of the Year

WINNER: "Come Up Here" - Bethel Music

"God Is Good! (Live)" - Cody Carnes

"Grande y Fiel" - Gateway Worship Español

"The Way" - Kathie Lee Gifford

"I've Witnessed It (Live)" - Passion

Feature film of the year

"Big George Foreman"

"Family Camp"

"I Heard the Bells"

WINNER: "Jesus Revolution"

"Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story"

Television Series of the Year

"Grace Notes"

"Journey Of Faith"

WINNER: "The Chosen"

"The Wingfeather Saga"

"When Calls The Heart"


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