NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has called on CeCe Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman, two of Christian and gospel music's most beloved and celebrated artists, to host the 34th Annual Dove Awards to be held on Thursday, April 10 in Nashville, Tenn., announced John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) today. (Host photos and logo download link: http://www.doveawards.com/newsroom/photos.cfm ) PAX TV will once again be a broadcast partner for the Dove Awards, this year airing the awards show on the coveted Saturday evening prime time slot -- April 19 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT. The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will also air the show, resulting in the largest potential audience the Dove Awards has seen. TBN will televise the Dove Awards on Friday, April 25 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. Styll also announced that co-executive producers Matthew Crouch, president of Gener8Xion Entertainment, and Bob Cotton, president of GR8 Entertainment, have signed an exclusive multi-year broadcast licensing agreement with the GMA for Christian television via their MLBG Productions partnership, which assisted with funding for the 34th Annual Dove Awards. Feed the Children (www.feedthechildren.org), the third largest U.S. charity involved in global aid, will be the official charity for the awards show for the third straight year. "The GMA wanted this year's Dove Awards to focus on the distinctiveness of Christian music and who better to help us than CeCe and Steven. These two artists represent the best in Christian music, for both their commercial success and their artistic integrity, and will make terrific hosts for an evening of entertainment and inspiration. We welcome back PAX TV and welcome TBN as our broadcast partners and plan to produce for them a show that their audiences will enjoy," said Styll. In other announcements related to the Dove Awards, the GMA said that it will partner with StarOne Networks to produce a live pay-per-view Webcast. Sponsored by LifeWay Christian Stores, "Dove Awards Live" will feature live award-to-award coverage including the pre-telecast presentation and "Behind the Scenes" footage. Information about the Webcast can be found at www.DoveAwardsLive.com. The 34th annual Dove Awards will be made available to radio, live via satellite. Nashville-based Huntsman Entertainment will produce and distribute the 34th annual Dove Awards broadcast. The radio show will feature the live awards show as well as exclusive radio content during spot breaks and post- event coverage. Winans has earned eight RIAA certified gold and three platinum albums. Winans has also collected 18 Dove Awards, six Grammy awards, three Soul Train Music awards and numerous other accolades. She is currently finishing up a new praise, worship and meditation CD that will be released on Wellspring Gospel in fall 2003. "I have tremendous respect for the GMA and the Dove Awards and all that they have done in the past and all that they now do to promote Christian music year round," says Winans. "I'm honored to co-host with my good friend Steven and I know it will be a great evening to celebrate the best music in the world: Christian music." Chapman has sold more than nine million recordings, including two platinum albums and seven gold records. He has been honored by the GMA more than any other artist with 47 Dove Awards, and Chapman has also collected four GRAMMY Awards. His current album on Sparrow Records "All About Love" debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in February. "Hosting the Dove Awards is a real honor for me. The Dove Awards have always personally been such an encouragement to me, and I'm also a fan of so many of the Dove nominees. It will be fun to share this night with them and certainly a treat to host the Dove Awards with my friend CeCe," said Chapman. About The Dove Awards and GMA: The Dove Awards recognizes achievement in all genres of contemporary Christian and Gospel music and is the premiere television awards show for the contemporary Christian and gospel music industry. The 34th Annual Dove Awards show will be produced by NorthStar Studios and will be held on April 10th at The Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn. A complete list of nominees for the 34th Annual Dove Awards can be found on the Web at www.doveawards.com. Founded in 1964, the 4,500 member Gospel Music Association is dedicated to educating the public and the music industry concerning the mission and role of gospel music in today's world. For more information, go to www.gospelmusic.org. About PAX TV: Paxson Communications Corporation owns and operates the nation's largest broadcast television distribution system and PAX TV, family television. PAX TV reaches 88 percent of U.S. television households via nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. PAX TV's original series include "Sue Thomas: G.B.Eye," starring Deanne Bray, "Doc," starring recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus and "Just Cause" starring Richard Thomas and Lisa Lackey. Other original PAX series include "It's A Miracle" and "Candid Camera." For more information, visit PAX TV's website at www.pax.tv. About TBN: Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is the world's largest producer and distributor of Christian television programming. TBN broadcasts over 416 stations along with 6,100 cable outlets in the United States and over 3,774 foreign stations. TBN is covering the world via 27 satellites. TBN has produced the nation's longest running Christian music video program -- "Real Videos" -- which has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Gospel Music Association for the past 18 years. On November 1, 2002, TBN launched Jesus Christ TV (JCTV) a 24-hour Christian youth channel reaching the 13 to 30 age group. For more information, visit TBN's website at www.tbn.org.
SOURCE Gospel Music Association