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. 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.
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.
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.
Urban Recorded Song of the Year went to Kim Burrell for ‘Sweeter’ from The Love Album. Urban Album of the Year went to Super producer Fred Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Brandy, Monica) and Deitrick Haddon’s for his ‘Church on the Moon’ CD on Verity Gospel Music Group.
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 was nationally televised on GMC TV on April 24 at 8PM and 10PM ET.
Check out the scenes below.
Photos: Dwight Palmer