I know, it’s been around 3 – 4 years since we did upload a ‘predictions post’ about the Dove Awards (in 2019, we posted our own predictions of the 2019 Dove Awards), but I figured it’s about time to start up this series again. I know I rarely get any predictions right nowadays, but half of the predicting is kinda fun anyway, so why not? The actual nominations release in a couple of days, so check out below, who we think ought to be nominated for this year’s awards (it’s only the main award nominations that we are predicting for) (Note: I think the nomination period is from May 2021 – April 2022, but I could be wrong).

Song of the Year:

  • All Eyes on You (TAYA)
  • Come What May (We Are Messengers)
  • Firm Foundation (He Won’t) (Cody Carnes)
  • For God is With Us (for KING & COUNTRY)
  • For the Good (Riley Clemmons)
  • Glory I Couldn’t See (Mike Donehey)
  • Hope of the Ages (Hillsong Worship)
  • Hymn of Heaven (Phil Wickham)
  • I Am Yours (needtobreathe)
  • In Jesus’s Name (God of Possible) (Katy Nichole)
  • Magnetic (Newsboys)
  • Promised Land (TobyMac)
  • Surviving The Game (Skillet)
  • Sunday Sermons (Anne Wilson)
  • Scars in Heaven (Casting Crowns)

Songwriter of the Year:

  • Brooke Ligertwood
  • Chandler Moore
  • Cody Carnes
  • Phil Wickham
  • Taya Gaukrodger

Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist):

  • Bryan Fowler
  • Ethan Hulse
  • Jason Ingram
  • Jonathan Smith
  • Steven Furtick

CCM Artist of the Year:

  • Anne Wilson
  • Katy Nichole
  • Newsboys
  • Phil Wickham
  • Tobymac

Artist of the Year:

  • Anne Wilson
  • Katy Nichole
  • Needtobreathe
  • Phil Wickham

New Artist of the Year:

  • Anne Wilson
  • Blessing Offor
  • Jordan St. Cyr
  • Katy Nichole
  • Ryan Ellis

Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year:

  • ‘Big God’ (Wande)
  • ‘Stone’ (Trip Lee)
  • ‘King Jesus (feat. nobigdyl)’ (KB)
  • ‘Respect’ (Steven Malcolm)
  • ‘Wildin’ (Lecrae & 1KPhew)

Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year:

  • Destiny: Vol. 1 (Ty Brasel)
  • The End. (Trip Lee)
  • Never Land II (Andy Mineo)
  • No Church In a While (Lecrae & 1KPhew)
  • Two Up, Two Down (Aaron Cole)

Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year:

  • ‘I Need You (To Be Wrong)’ (Switchfoot)
  • ‘Into the Mystery’ (needtobreathe)
  • ‘I Wanna Remember (feat. Carrie Underwood) (needtobreathe)
  • ‘Refuge’ (Skillet)
  • ‘Standing in the Storm’ (Skillet)

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year:

  • Death By Admiration (Seventh Day Slumber)
  • Dominion (Skillet)
  • Honor & Glory (Honor & Glory)
  • Interrobang (Switchfoot)
  • Into the Mystery (needtobreathe)

Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year:

  • ‘For God is With Us’ (for KING & COUNTRY)
  • ‘In the House’ (Crowder)
  • ‘Magnetic’ (Newsboys)
  • ‘Promised Land’ (TobyMac)
  • ‘When You Speak’ (Jeremy Camp)

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year:

  • Godsend (Riley Clemmons)
  • My Jesus (Anne Wilson)
  • New Creation (Mac Powell)
  • Stand (Newsboys)
  • What Are We Waiting For? (for KING & COUNTRY)

Inspirational Song of the Year:

  • ‘Gratitude’ (Brandon Lake)
  • ‘Honey in the Rock’ (Brooke Ligertwood)
  • ‘Leaning’ (Matt Maher)
  • ‘The Power of the Cross’ (Casting Crowns)
  • ‘River of Life’ (Mac Powell)

Inspirational Album of the Year:

  • Brighter Days EP (Blessing Offor)
  • Canyon (Ellie Holcomb)
  • Flourish (Mike Donehey)
  • Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart (Chris Renzema)
  • Healer EP (Casting Crowns)

Worship Song of the Year:

  • ‘1000 Names’ (Sean Curran)
  • ‘Hymn of Heaven’ (Phil Wickham)
  • ‘In Jesus’s Name (God of Possible)’ (Katy Nichole)
  • ‘To Good Not To Believe’ (Brandon Lake & Jenn Johnson)
  • ‘Worthy of My Song’ (Chandler Moore & Phil Wickham)

Worship Album of the Year:

  • Homecoming (Bethel Music)
  • Hymn of Heaven (Phil Wickham)
  • Lion (Elevation Worship)
  • Se7en (Brooke Ligertwood)
  • These Same Skies (Studio) (Hillsong Worship)

Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year:

  • Emmanuel: Christmas Songs of Worship (Live) (Chris Tomlin)
  • A Family Christmas EP (We the Kingdom)
  • I Don’t Want Christmas to End (Zach Williams)
  • We Need Christmas (Matthew West)
  • Wonderful (EP) (Cain)

Record Music Packaging of the Year:

  • Burn Bright (Passion)
  • Grace in the Wilderness (Stars Go Dim)
  • Roll Tape: Live From Melody League Studios (Jon Foreman)
  • Se7en (Brooke Ligertwood)
  • Worship Forever (Michael W. Smith)

Short Form Video of the Year:

  • All Together (Mike Donehey)
  • I Believe It Now (feat. Olivia Lane) (Sidewalk Prophets)
  • In Jesus Name (Katy Nichole)
  • Promised Land (TobyMac)
  • Stand in Faith (Danny Gokey)

Inspirational Film of the Year:

  • American Underdog
  • Blue Miracle
  • Christmas With The Chosen
  • The Jesus Music

There it is: my predictions of some of the categories of the Dove Awards, to be presented in October 2022. What are your predictions of the Dove Award categories for this year? Let us know in the comments. Till then, predict away!

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