After becoming involved in music ministry I decided to immerse myself in the stories of the Christian musicians I wrote about. I learned about the bands, the songs and the plan God had for His children through music. But I didn’t know the path of my life would take me to anything some may call “glamorous” or “high profile.”
When I was given the opportunity to attend the 44th GMA Dove Awards in Nashville on October 15 I jumped at the offer. Not only was I excited as a Music Blogger to see all that was happening in the Christian music community, but as a long time fan I was also thrilled to get up close with some of my favorite musicians.
Before arriving at the location, while getting ready for the awards, I remember thinking about who I might run into, what the atmosphere of the event would be, who I would be seated next to… all the while trying to maintain my composure. In reality I had never attended a music awards show, though I’d seen many on television. I presumed being there would be something different altogether.
The awards were tapped at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. As I arrived at the taping, the first thing I noticed was that nobody was there yet. Just like me to arrive too early! But on a positive note, because it was empty of musicians, I could see the set up all the better!
In front of the entrance to the arena, the red carpet was already draped across the floor for the musicians to get photographed and interviewed. Reporters and photographers were already badged and set in place to begin the night. Anticipation was heightening. But I found myself not thinking about the potential of the experience, and instead catching laughs at the many students walking by in gym attire with puzzled looks—not understanding what was going on.
While I went through the mental list of the bands in attendance, I knew I had the pleasure of meeting a few of them myself. However many of the nominees I had never seen in person. Time passed quickly, and soon enough people started to arrive.
From producers to managers, to fans and students the crowd grew and grew. Within an hour the dark of the night lay a shadow on the people and it was harder to see through the sea of faces to the red carpet about 30 feet ahead. While I was not able to view every band with my own eyes, I did spot Sidewalk Prophets, Jamie Grace and Love and the Outcome to name a few.
Once we began to notice that the crowd was thinning we made our way to our seats. My seat so happened to be a few rows back from 1 Girl Nation, which was pretty cool. And next to my seat was a small stage that, little did I know at the time, many performers would stand on and sing some of my favorite songs of the past year including: Colton Dixon, Capital Kings and Michael W. Smith.
Honestly the night went by fast. Between the performances and hosting, we all had a real concrete sense of the closeness of God’s family. Even in the midst of an awards show, the vein of humbleness ran through the winners and nominees.
It was an honor to hear all God was doing through songs such as “10,000 Reasons,” and listen to the powerful words of Chris Tomlin & TobyMac and their gratefulness toward God’s calling on their lives.
If I had to pick a highlight of the night, it wouldn’t be possible. From for KING & COUNTRY’s win as new artist of the year to Tasha Cobbs’ performance of Break Every Chain it was honestly enchanting.
The awards show broadcasts on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. EDT on UP (Uplifting Entertainment) and I highly recommend watching it. The events that transpired are a real testament to the legacy of our vibrant God who is still moving in mighty ways in our generation.
AWARD WINNERS: http://www.doveawards.com/current-winners/