Lipscomb to host Dove Awards

Gospel Music Association brings show back to Nashville, switches timing to fall

After taking place for two years in Atlanta, the Christian music Dove Awards show is returning to Nashville and will take place at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena on Oct. 15.

The 44th edition of the Doves will be the first to be put on in the fall, a move GMA officials say will let them and the showcased artists build awareness heading into the all-important holiday retail season. Jackie Patillo, executive director of the Gospel Music Association, told AccessAtlanta that a big reason for the shift back to Nashville from Atlanta is that much of the Christian music industry is still based here.

"It was time to come home,” Patillo told AccessAtlanta.

GMC TV, which reaches more than 60 million households across the country, will air the awards show.