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The Gospel Music Association (GMA) recently announced the renewal of its partnership with GMC, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, to broadcast what is Gospel/Christian Music’s Biggest Night, the Dove Awards.

The nominations will be announced on February 16, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta Georgia. With the 2010 Dove Awards this past April delivering more than 300K viewers and outperforming the 2009 premiere HH rating by +54%, the GMA is also taking a bold step and hosting the 42nd Annual Dove Awards in Atlanta, GA., the first time the show has taken place outside of Nashville.

GMA’s Chairman of the Board Ed Leonard comments, “the experience of attending the Dove Awards in person, with our artists and fans gathered together in the Atlanta community to celebrate the Gospel, is incredible.  We want to share that excitement with the people of Atlanta in 2011, and having moved our Immerse event back to Nashville from Estes Park, CO in 2009, we are taking this opportunity to expand the reach of the Dove Awards for 2011.”

The 2011 Dove Awards will be held in Atlanta’s historic and fabulous Fox Theatre on April 20, 2011, GMA is working in conjunction with the city of Atlanta to host the broadcast, where its television partner, GMC is also headquartered.  Atlanta is the home of many of the industry’s biggest names (Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Byron Cage, Bishop Paul Morton, Canton Jones, Dottie Peoples, Brian Free and Assurance and more).

“Georgia’s music scene is vibrant, growing and full of history,” said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner for Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We are looking forward to playing host to the 2011 Dove Awards.”

Located on Peachtree Street in the middle of the city surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants, hotels and more, Dove Award activities will take place in close proximity to the Fox Theatre, creating an intimate atmosphere for attendees, artists and industry VIPs.

“We Atlantans are so happy to welcome the Dove Awards to Atlanta this year,” remarked 16-time Dove Award winner and platinum selling artist Chris Tomlin. “How exciting to celebrate and share a night together honoring God in a city I have come to know and love.”

In agreement with Tomlin, Bishop Paul S. Morton commented, “To the world, Atlanta is already known to be a home for diversity in music.  I am so excited that the GMA has chosen to bring the Dove Awards to our historic and beautiful city.  ”

The GMA Dove Awards will seek to continue representing our community well by featuring todayÂ’s top artists across the unique variety of musical styles that GMA represents.  It also continues to provide exclusive performances and content that can only be found on the Dove Awards.  The show will be live to tape, which will provide an even more enjoyable viewing experience.

The Dove Awards will air Sunday April 24 at 8pm.

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