DOVE AWARD 2019 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 (worship album of the year… or even 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 2019. Enjoy reading below and happy predicting!

Song of the Year:

  • The Breakup Song (Francesca Battistelli)
  • Dream Small (Josh Wilson)
  • Freedom (feat. Kim Walker Smith) (Jesus Culture)
  • God, You’re So Good (feat. Travis Greene) (Passion)
  • Greater Things (Mack Brock)
  • Haven’t Seen It Yet (Danny Gokey)
  • Heaven on Earth (Stars Go Dim)
  • joy (for KING AND COUNTRY)
  • Love Theory (Kirk Franklin)
  • Maybe It’s OK (We Are Messengers)
  • Remember to Remember (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  • Resurrecting (Elevation Worship)
  • Til I Found You (Phil Wickham)
  • Yes I Will (Veritcal Worship)
  • You Say (Lauren Daigle)

Songwriter of the Year

  • Jon Foreman
  • Darren Mulligan
  • Matthew West
  • Peter Furler
  • Mark Hall
  • Plumb
  • Lauren Daigle

Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)

  • Seth Mosley
  • Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury
  • Bernie Herms
  • Colby Wedgeworth
  • Ben Glover
  • Ethan Hulse
  • Bryan Fowler

New Artist of the Year:

  • Austin French
  • Ty Brasel
  • Elle Limebear
  • Cochren & Co.
  • Apollo LTD
  • Peabod
  • Tasha Layton

Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year:

  • Forever on Your Side (Needtobreathe)
  • Head Above Water (Avril Lavigne)
  • Native Tongue (Switchfoot)
  • Parachute (Hawk Nelson)
  • Born Again (feat. Zauntee) (Austin French)
  • Love Me Like You (feat. nobigdyl) (the young escape)
  • Red Letters (Crowder)

Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year:

  • The Greatness of Our God (Newsboys)
  • Me (Mallary Hope)
  • Everything (TobyMac)
  • God Only Knows (for KING AND COUNTRY)
  • Wherever I Go (Dan Bremnes)
  • Alive (Big Daddy Weave)
  • Well Done (The Afters)

Inspirational Song of the Year:

  • Only Jesus (Casting Crowns)
  • Known (Tauren Wells)
  • Defender (feat. Steffany Gretzinger) (Francesca Battistelli)
  • One Day (When We All Get To Heaven) (Matt Redman)
  • Shattered (Blanca)
  • You Found Me (Switchfoot)
  • Enough (Elias Dummer)

Worship Song of the Year:

  • Good Grace (UNITED)
  • Everything (Lincoln Brewster)
  • Living Hope (Phil Wickham)
  • Stand in Your Love (Josh Baldwin)
  • Raise a Hallelujah (feat. Jonathan & Melissa Helser) (BETHEL MUSIC)
  • Is He Worthy? (Andrew Peterson)
  • Build My Life (Pat Barrett)

Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year:

  • Shoot From the Hip (PEABOD)
  • Not To Us (Steven Malcolm)
  • Come Back Home (feat. TFK) (Manafest)
  • Replay (HillaryJane)
  • Gotta Live (feat. Jordan Feliz) (Tedashii)
  • Tuyo (Social Club Misfits)
  • Fight For Me (feat. Lecrae) (GAWVI)

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year:

  • I Know a Ghost (Crowder)
  • The Elements (TobyMac)
  • Forever on Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) (needtobreathe)
  • Native Tongue (Switchfoot)
  • LEDGER EP (Ledger)
  • Burn the Ships (for KING AND COUNTRY)
  • Rhett Walker Band EP (Rhett Walker Band)

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year:

  • Own It (Francesca Battistelli)
  • Look Up Child (Lauren Daigle)
  • Easy Never Needed You (Sarah Reeves)
  • The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say (Tenth Avenue North)
  • Out of My Hands (Mallary Hope)
  • Shattered (Blanca)
  • Wherever I Go (Dan Bremnes)

Inspirational Album of the Year:

  • Only Jesus (Casting Crowns)
  • Sweetness and Sorrow (Jonny Diaz)
  • Fighting For Us (Michael Farren)
  • B-Sides (Brooke Fraser)
  • Songs We Wrote on Tuesdays (Ripp & Rice)
  • Beautifully Broken (Plumb)
  • Better EP (Stars Go Dim)

Worship Album of the Year:

  • The Wait (David Leonard)
  • God of the Impossible (Lincoln Brewster)
  • Holy Roar (Chris Tomlin)
  • Pat Barrett (Pat Barrett)
  • Victory (Bethel Music)
  • People (UNITED)
  • Living Hope (Phil Wickham)

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year:

  • Who Am I? (Branan Murphy)
  • Panorama (GAWVI)
  • Healthy Snacks (PEABOD)
  • Destined for Greatness (Ty Brasel)
  • Never Fold (Tedashii)
  • The Trap (Derek Minor)
  • Crescendo (Jackie Hill Perry)

Christmas Album of the Year:

  • December (Mac Powell and the Family Reunion)
  • Christmas Vol. 2 (Planetshakers)
  • Star EP (David Dunn)
  • Christmas is All About You (3-song single) (Mallary Hope)
  • The Advent of Christmas (Matt Maher)
  • Christmastime is Here (Marc Martel)
  • Christmas Eve in Bethlehem (Hannah Kerr)

Music Video of the Year:

  • Burn the Ships (for KING AND COUNTRY)
  • Nobody Loves Me Like You (Chris Tomlin)
  • Hold On (Riley Clemmons)
  • Red Letters (Crowder)
  • Not Dead Yet (LEDGER)
  • Never Alone (feat. Kirk Franklin) (Tori Kelly)

Inspirational Film of the Year:

  • Breakthrough
  • Unplanned
  • Unbroken: Path to Redemption
  • Mary Magdalene
  • The Least of These

There it is: my predictions of some of the categories of the Dove Awards, to be presented in October 2019. 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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