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 MARY MARY Dove Awards 2012





“American Idol” Tribute to the Inspirational Power of Choirs Featuring

Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Phil Stacey and Ruben Studdard Brings Down the House


Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Laura Story, Lecrae & Jamie-Grace

Among Winning Artists

Atlanta, GA- (April 19, 2012) – Powerful voices ruled the night and multicultural unity took center stage at the Gospel Music Association (GMA)’s 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards at the FOX Theatre in Atlanta with a blockbuster show that reached new heights.  Choirs, where so many of today’s leading music artists first got their start, stepped out of the background and into the spotlight throughout the night’s performances.  To bring to life the theme of “Voices,” The Tenors made their Dove Awards debut as the first classical group to ever perform at the awards, with two of Gospel’s biggest icons:  Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin.  The evening featured a show-stopping performance by American Idol break-out stars Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Phil Stacey and Ruben Studdard paying homage to the role of faith in their lives with classics ranging from Lean on Me to Send Me An Angel. 

The show featured two moving tributes to artists whose music left a lasting legacy on generations. Music legend Russ Taff was honored by Jason Crabb, Wess Morgan and Donnie McClurkin.  Whitney Houston’s career and how she used her gift to inspire millions was recognized, through a montage of the music from the movie in which she starred, The Preacher’s Wife, featuring Angie Stone, Crystal Lewis, Yolanda Adams and Karen Peck to start the evening off.

Among the night’s winning artists were some of Gospel music’s most acclaimed names who have used their voices to uplift audiences around the world:  Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Laura Story, and Jamie-Grace. Laura Story received the award for Song of the Year, as well as Pop/Contemporary Record Song of the Year, and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.  Vocal powerhouse, Natalie Grant, took home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year, marking her fifth Dove Awards win.  Solo artist Jason Crabb won both the Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, making this a night to remember for him as he received his first wins in both categories.

The Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year Dove Award went to one of the night’s most intense and compelling performers, Lecrae, for the single Hallelujah off of his breakthrough album, Rehab Deluxe Edition, which also won Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year.  

NEEDTOBREATHE received the award for Group of the Year. 20 year old Atlanta native and industry new comer Jamie-Grace was recognized with the award for New Artist of the Year.  

The night featured live performances by Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Jamie-Grace, Kari Jobe, and The Isaacs.  Hosted by EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce and David Mann of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Madea fame, the awards show featured plenty of humor and comedy, blended with high impact performances.  GRAMMY winners Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin took the stage, along with Angie Stone, Yolanda Adams, Ricky Skaggs, Karen Peck, Jaci Velasquez, and Tamela Mann.

The awards ceremony will be nationally televised on GMC TV on April 24 at 8PM and 10PM ET.

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 membership consists of agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards 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. www.facebook.com/gospelmusicassociation

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.

About GMC:

GMC (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC is the only television network brand to be so honored.  In 2011, GMC was the second fastest growing ad supported cable network in total day households and A18-49. GMC can be seen in more than 51 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/gmctv and http://twitter.com/gmctv.