Dove Awards Headed back to ATL


The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Garnered Unprecedented Viewers On gmc
television network And Quickly Sold Out The Fabulous Fox Theatre As Atlanta
Welcomed This Year’s Honors To The City

THE GMA Dove Awards offer recognition in a variety of genres making it the
most comprehensive awards show celebrating Christian music will again air on


THE GMA Board of Directors and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
announced today that the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will again take place in
Atlanta, Georgia in 2012 and will be aired on gmc.  The awards, slated to take
place in April 2012 offer the most comprehensive platform of music celebrating
Christian and Gospel music.


The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards quickly sold out this past April at Atlanta’s
Fabulous Fox Theatre garnered its highest ratings on gmc.  With over 1.5 million
viewers turning in to catch host Sherri Shepherd and such artists as Female
Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, Male Vocalist of the Year Chris
August and other superstars Third Day,  Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant , Chris
Tomlin, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Rogers and many others perform unique
collaborations and take home honors at the annual awards show.


“We’re excited for the Dove Awards to return to Atlanta,” says William Pete,
Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO.  “There was a buzz throughout the
city surrounding the show and the excitement was contagious.  We look forward to
making the 43rd Annual Dove Awards another success.”


This year’s awards marked many firsts for the iconic awards.  With its move
to the culturally diverse city of Atlanta, the gmc airing, numerous promotions
with radio, TV and area churches, coupled with the location being home to so
many of the genres artists and the international TV star and comedian Sherri
Shepherd bringing her uniquely apropos hosting duties to the show made for a
complete facelift for “Gospel Music’s Biggest Night.”


Mitchell Solarek, chairman of the GMA board states, “Our experience this past
year in Atlanta exceeded our expectations. How exciting to have the Governor of
Georgia personally there to welcome our artists, and guests of the show. The
City of Atlanta made us feel so welcomed from the city and state leaders to the
multitude of local and international media that covered the awards.  We are
thrilled with the results of the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards and are looking
forward to another amazing outcome in 2012.”

Charley Humbard, gmc CEO adds, “The GMA Dove Awards is one of the preeminent
events in the world of Christian, Gospel and Inspirational music.  Our
relationship with the GMA and the Dove Awards is an important part of our
strategy.  We are pleased with the increasing numbers we are garnering with
awards show.  And, having the awards in Atlanta, the home of gmc, makes it
doubly sweet.”

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