Dove Award 2017 Nominees (Predictions):

This is a special post. Normally when we post predictions, we have shared what we believe to be a likely list of songs to be included on WOW Hits albums, annual compilations released each year encompassing that particular year’s radio hits. And while we may never really get it all right, predictions can be very fun, especially figuring out which songs are ‘worthy’ of selection throughout the year. Now for this type of post- predictions for the Dove Awards. The Dove Awards are an annual ceremony honouring Christian music, recognising the outstanding achievements of songwriters, producers and songs within a window of time (usually a year). Established in 1969, the Dove Awards encompasses awards presented across a myriad of musical styles- from pop and rock, to worship and rap/hip hop. While my predicted list of nominees don’t show us all the full 40-something categories, I have decided to state my two cents worth on a fair few categories myself. While this list is merely a prediction, I reckon some of my category predictions (rock/contemporary album of the year… or even inspirational movie of the year) are spot on. Feel free to comment below, about which albums/songs etc you think could be nominated for certain categories in the upcoming Dove Awards, hosted in October 2016. Enjoy reading below and happy predicting!

Song of the Year:

  • “Chain Breaker” (Zach Williams)
  • “Fight For You” (Grayson Reed)
  • “Jesus” (Chris Tomlin)
  • “Love With Your Life” (Hollyn)
  • “Never Too Far Gone” (Jordan Feliz)
  • “Priceless” (for KING AND COUNTRY)
  • “Rise” (Danny Gokey)
  • “Testify” (needtobreathe)
  • “What a Beautiful Name” (Hillsong Worship)
  • “What You Want” (Tenth Avenue North)

Songwriter of the Year

  • Brooke Litgerwood
  • Jason Gray
  • Jon Foreman
  • Mike Donehey
  • Meredith Andrews

Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)

  • Bernie Herms
  • Jason Ingram
  • Seth Mosley
  • Ben Glover
  • David Garcia

New Artist of the Year:

  • Chris Quilala
  • Micah Tyler
  • Urban Rescue
  • Zach Williams

Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year:

  • “All That Matters” (Colton Dixon)
  • “Battles” (The Afters)
  • “Not Backing Down” (Blanca)
  • “Stars” (Skillet)
  • “Testify” (needtobreathe)
  • “Taking Back” (About a Mile)

Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year:

  • “Because of Your Love” (Chris Quilala)
  • “Chain Breaker” (Zach Williams)
  • “Higher” (Unspoken)
  • “Never Been a Moment” (Micah Tyler)
  • “The God I Know (Love & The Outcome)
  • “Through Your Eyes” (Britt Nicole)

Inspirational Song of the Year:

  • “I Have This Hope” (Tenth Avenue North)
  • “I Surrender” (All Sons and Daughters)
  • “Invisible” (Leeland)
  • “One Step Away” (Casting Crowns)
  • “Then Sings My Soul (Behold)” (Hillsong Worship)
  • “Thy Will” (Hillary Scott & The Scott Family)

Worship Song of the Year:

  • “I Know Who You Are” (Planetshakers)
  • “Let There Be Light” (Bryan and Katie Torwalt)
  • “My Victory” (Crowder)
  • “One True God” (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  • “What a Beautiful Name” (Hillsong Worship)
  • “You Hold it All (Every Mountain)” (Newsboys)

Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year:

  • “Change the World (feat. Hollyn)” (Derek Minor)
  • “In the Water” (GAWVI)
  • “Love With Your Life” (Hollyn)
  • “Power” (Group 1 Crew)
  • “Take a Broken Heart (feat. Derek Minor)” (V. Rose)
  • “Warm Up” (NF)

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year:

  • H A R D L O V E (needtobreathe)
  • Hope’s Not Giving Up (Remedy Drive)
  • Identity (Colton Dixon)
  • Live on Forever (The Afters)
  • Unleashed (Skillet)
  • Where the Light Shines Through (Switchfoot)

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year:

  • Chain Breaker (Zach Williams)
  • Follow Through (Unspoken)
  • Followers (Tenth Avenue North)
  • Lifer (MercyMe)
  • Red Sea Road (Ellie Holcomb)
  • These are the Days (Love & The Outcome)

Inspirational Album of the Year:

  • Champion (Bryan & Katie Torwalt)
  • Let There Be Light (Hillsong Worship)
  • Love Remains (Hillary Scott & The Scott Family)
  • Of Dirt and Grace (UNITED)
  • Poets and Saints (All Sons and Daughters)
  • The Very Next Thing (Casting Crowns)

Worship Album of the Year:

  • American Prodigal (Crowder)
  • Frontiers (Vertical Church Band)
  • The Garden (Kari Jobe)
  • Never Lose Sight (Chris Tomlin)
  • Overflow (Planetshakers)
  • Split the Sky (Chris Quilala)

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year:

  • Jonah (KJ-52)
  • The Misadventures of Fern & Marty (Social Club Misfits)
  • One Way Conversations (Hollyn)
  • Power (Group 1 Crew)
  • Reflection (Derek Minor)
  • The Waiting Room (Trip Lee)

Christmas Album of the Year:

  • Behold (Lauren Daigle)
  • God With Us: EP (We Are Messengers)
  • These Christmas Lights (Matt Redman)
  • Tennessee Christmas (Amy Grant)
  • Unto Us (JJ Heller)
  • Unto Us: A Christmas Collection (Matthew West)

Music Video of the Year:

  • Beacon (Jimi Cravity)
  • Ceasefire (for KING AND COUNTRY)
  • Impossible (Sidewalk Prophets)
  • Pave (Britt Nicole)
  • Still Breathing (VERIDIA)
  • Your Love is Wild (Zealand Worship)

Inspirational Film of the Year:

  • Ben Hur
  • The Case for Christ
  • Priceless
  • The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
  • Same Kind of Different Me
  • Silence

There it is: my predictions of some of the categories of the Dove Awards, to be presented in October 2017. What are your predictions of the Dove Award categories for this year? Let us know in the comments. Til then, predict away!

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