The nominees of the 53rd annual GMA Dove Awards have been announced, and several country artists have made the list. The Dove Awards aim “to expose, promote, and celebrate the Gospel through music,” its description reads on its social media channels. Its website continues: “Since 1969 the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian and Gospel Music. The show celebrates our rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship, and more!”
In the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year category, nominees include: Carrie Underwood (“All Is Well”), The Sound (“God Is Real”), Sunday Drive (“Grace and Goodness”), Dolly Parton ft. Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley and Bradley Walker (“In The Sweet By And By”), and Anne Wilson ft. Hillary Scott (“Mamas”).
Underwood released “All Is Well” as one of three new bonus tracks on the special edition of her holiday album, My Gift, which released in September 2021 (following the release of her original edition one year earlier). Parton’s song debuted on the Country Faith Bluegrass album which released around the same time, featuring various artists (including Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, The Charlie Daniels Band and more). Scott, who is also the frontwoman of beloved country trio Lady A, teamed up with Wilson for a heartfelt tribute to mothers earlier this year. Scott, who also recently collaborated with Christian pop duo for KING & COUNTRY, is a mother of three daughters. It was a no-brainer to record the song with Wilson, who is also nominated in the New Artist of the Year category, among others: “When [Wilson] asked me to sing alongside her on this song, it was an absolute yes! She’s got country roots and a precious soul. Anne, thank you for giving me the gift of singing words that feel SO present for me in our house with my three little girls.”
The Gospel Music Association will present the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards during a Nashville event on October 18. It will air exclusively on TBN and the TBN app on October 21. See a list of nominees previously announced during a livestream (revealed, in part, by country star Jimmie Allen) here. See the full list of nominees here.