The Gospel Music Association (GMA) earlier on Thursday afternoon announced its Dove Award nominees for the year 2020 via a Facebook Live Broadcast.
Zach Williams and For My King & Country received five nominations, including Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year. Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin and Jonathan McReynolds got four nominations each.
A rather stunning but deserving nomination for THREE American Dove Awards is Nigeria’s Sinach, singer and song writer, coming along with Kanye West, a previous dominant secular artist, for his Rap/Hip Hop album, Jesus IS King.
Sinach’s nominations are for the “Song of The Year,” with ‘Way Maker’, Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year (as recorded by Priscilla Bueno), and Worship Recorded Song of the Year (as recorded by Leeland). The Song of the Year Category is the leading honor awarded to any eventual acclaimed best songwriter and publisher every year.
The American GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION has since 1969 organized the GMA Dove Awards to honour outstanding achievements and excellence in America’s Christian and Gospel Music. The show celebrates and acknowledges American Christian artistes’ rich musical diversity in Modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more.
The ceremony of the 2020 edition of this much acclaimed Christian version of the Grammy, Dove Awards, will hold and transmit online on October 30.
Reacting to her nominations, Sinach says “…the nominations could only have come through the Spirit of God and not man. As I have said before, this song was born from the Spirit and it is soaring on the wings of the Holy Ghost. It is a song for the now. I am grateful to everyone who has supported us; the churches, the ministers who have taken this song to the ends of the earth, and the many people to whom it continues to be a blessing.”
Osinachi Joseph (née Kalu), known professionally known as Sinach, is a singer, songwriter and senior worship leader at Christ Embassy “Loveworld”. She has released several gospel hit songs, including “Way Maker“, “I Know Who I Am”, “Great Are You Lord”, “Rejoice”, “He Did It Again”, “Precious Jesus”, “The Name of Jesus”, “This Is My Season”, “Awesome God”, “For This”, “I Stand Amazed”, “Simply Devoted” and “Jesus is Alive”
Sinach received a Bethlehem Hall of Faith certificate of commemoration during her visit to Israel in December 2017.
In March 2019, the visuals for “Way Maker” became the third Nigerian video to garnered 100 million views on YouTube behind Davido‘s “Fall” and Yemi Alade‘s Johnny“.”Way Maker” has been covered by multiple Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Leeland, Bethel Music, and Mandisa. In September 2019, Sinach became the first gospel artist from Africa to tour India, headlining concerts with several thousands in attendance.
In May 2020, she became the first African artist to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters chart.