Unity and joy led the evening during this year’s GMA Dove Awards, with uplifting performances from CAIN, Lauren Daigle, Natalie Grant, KB, We The Kingdom, CeCe Winans and more. The show aired Friday night (Oct. 22) on TBN and SiriusXM and was filmed in Nashville at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.
The ceremony launched with a sweet surprise for Gospel Music Association president/executive director Jackie Patillo, who has spent 10 years at the helm of the organization. Patillo was honored with the inaugural distinguished leadership award, which will be named after Patillo going forward.
“I am speechless,” Patillo said. “And so honored and so grateful. This is a calling, y’all. This is a mission. This is not a job. Even though some days are hard. But I love you. And I’m grateful. And I believe in unity in Christ. I believe we can celebrate our diversity in ways that will show the world that they’ll know we are Christians by our love. I believe in the power of God through the Word and through the message in your songs. So thank you. I’m so grateful and I’m awestruck over this.”