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:
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
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-
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
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
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.
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