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MORE GREAT PERFORMERS ADDED TO THE 42ND ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS AMAZING LINEUP ,AUDREY ASSAD, DEITRICK HADDON, KIRK FRANKLIN, KERRIE ROBERTS, SMOKIE NORFUL, LAURA STORY and TENTH AVENUE NORTH

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42nd GMA Dove Awards Televised on GMC on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Fans Can Vote For “Artist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year” Categories at www.watchgmctv.com  


NASHVILLE, TN (March 23, 2011) – The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards hosted by TV star and comedienne Sherri Shepherd, announce more performers to the already amazing lineup.  Multi-nominated Audrey Assad, Deitrick Haddon, Kirk Franklin, first time and multi-nominee Kerrie Roberts, and nominees Smokie Norful, Laura Story and Tenth Avenue North will join the previously announced performers at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, April 20th at 8:00 p.m. for the annual awards show. The awards show will be televised on GMC, America's favorite network for uplifting music and entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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 at www.gospelmusic.org. These artists join the previously announced artists Francesca Battistelli, Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, LeCrae, Mary Mary, Britt Nicole, Comedian Chonda Pierce, Point of Grace, Kenny Rogers, Marvin Sapp and Chris Tomlin on the awards show.   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 $25.00 - $200.00. The phone number for Ticketmaster is (800) 745-3000.

Fans can now vote for the Dove Awards’ top honors in the “Artist of the Year,” and “New Artist of the Year” at www.watchgmctv.com.  The cumulative fan vote will account for one-third of the total vote count in each of the two categories.

About GMA:
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.

About GMC:
GMC ( www.watchgmctv.com) 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.

About the Fox Theatre:
The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for live entertainment. The Fox’s 4,678 seat theatre is booked more than 300 performances a year ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies. In December 2009, Billboard Magazine ranked the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as "The #1 non-residency venue worldwide for the decade (5,000 seats or less)."

The Fox Theatre is located on Peachtree Street in the middle of the city. Not only is it on the National Historic Register, but it is one of the most beloved landmarks in the city because it is a real memory maker for the citizens of Atlanta. They may have come here to see their first performance or Broadway show; they had their first date here, and maybe even had their first kiss in the balcony. Our ballrooms are spectacular and have hosted everything from Sweet 16s to weddings and corporate events.


For more information on these performers, please go to www.wortmanworks.com in the Dove Awards client section for bios and photos.