NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 24, 2017) - The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that Reba McEntire, MercyMe, CeCe Winans and Zach Williams will perform at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards on Tuesday, October 17 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show onSunday, October 22 at 8 p.m. CST. More talent announcements are forthcoming. Tickets are on sale now at the Allen Arena box office or online here.
"We are thrilled to announce the first round of performers and look forward to a memorable show celebrating this year's theme, Sound the Remedy," GMA President Jackie Patillo said. "We believe the message of Gospel and Christian music offers God's remedy to the world, and these artists are a testament to that."
Fans will have the opportunity to take part in the GMA Dove Awards VIP Experience that includes a "behind the scenes" viewing of rehearsal, red carpet photo opportunity, access to the pre-telecast and much more. The Choir Experience includes all VIP perks plus a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with Reba McEntire during the telecast, as well as a meet and greet and backstage tour. Earlybird pricing ends August 31. Purchase ticketshere.
“I am excited and honored to perform at this year's show," shared Reba McEntire, who has two Dove Awards nominations. "Recording a faith-filled album has been on my heart for many years, and to see how SING IT NOW has been embraced is really special. I’m thrilled this collection of my favorite hymns and some new songs of hope continue to touch people."
Top nominated artists include Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE. View the full list of nominees here.
The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. For more information, visit www.doveawards.com.
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, Latin and more. The GMA community includes 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.