Receives four awards last night; continues impressive streak of being honored at every major award show this season
TobyMac Named Dove Awards “Artist of the Year”
Nominated for American Music Award’s Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Nashville, TN (October 16, 2013) – Six-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac received the esteem honor of being named “Artist of the Year” at last night’s 44th Annual Dove Awards. This is his second career win for “Artist of the Year” at the Dove Awards. Additionally, TobyMac took home awards for “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year” for his smash-hit album Eye On It as well as “Short Form Video of the Year” for the music video “Eye On It” featuring Britt Nicole. The four award wins add to TobyMac’s impressive streak of winning at every major award show he has been nominated for this season – GRAMMY® Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, Australian Music Awards and the KLOVE Fan Awards. Last week, TobyMac was among an elite list of artists nominated for the 2013 American Music Awards in the category of “Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational.”
After being announced "Artist of the Year," TobyMac received a standing ovation and was joined on stage with his band, Diverse City. Responding to last night's four award wins, TobyMac said, "Writing songs that connect with people's lives is my heart. I always want to push musical boundaries but a song offering someone hope or understanding in struggle is my creative bulls eye. I am honored to be called 'Artist of the Year' and can only hope that it's an indication that my songs are hitting that mark."
The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards was held last night at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The entire event will be televised exclusively on UP! Television Network on Monday, October 21 at 8:00 PM ET.
Beginning November 7, TobyMac and friends will hit the road for his revered Hits Deep Tour. Joining him this year are Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Colton Dixon, Chris August and Capital Kings. For more information on the Hits Deep Tour, visit www.TobyMac.com/tour.
With over 11 million units in career sales, TobyMac's career continues on the fast track. His most recent project, EYE ON IT, garnered him the highest chart debut of his solo career landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and topping the iTunes® Overall and Christian sales charts. The project made TobyMac one of only four artists to ever debut atop the Billboard Top 200 with a Christian music album. Earlier this year, EYE ON IT received a GRAMMY®, marking the sixth career award for TobyMac. The music video for the album title's track, featuring pop-sensation Britt Nicole, received over 500,000 views in its first three weeks. His previous four solo projects have received RIAA Gold certification and his live DVD, Alive & Transported, is certified platinum by the RIAA and received a GRAMMY® award. His 2009 album Tonight received GRAMMY® nods for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Song. TobyMac has won at every major award show this season. In addition to this year’s GRAMMY® win, he has also received two Billboard Music Awards for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album, his first American Music Award for Favorite Artist in the Contemporary/Inspirational category, KLOVE Music Awards for “Artist of the Year” and swept the 2013 Australian Music Awards. He is currently nominated for the 2013 American Music Awards for Favorite Artist in the Contemporary/Inspirational category.
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Photo Credit: Getty Images for Gospel Music Association
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