Gospel Music Association Executive Director Jackie Patillo Discusses the Dove Awards’ 2 New Urban Categories, Show Performances, and More with Gospel Goodies’ Aliya Faust


Credit: Gospel Goodies – Aliya Faust

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards return to Nashville next month and GMA Executive Director Jackie Patillo promises a great night of celebration.

While Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown & Group therAPyTobyMac, Hillsong and more are slated to perform, for King & Country and Tye Tribbett are set to host. Two new urban categories were added to the roster of awards, and this year, the black-owned Tyscot Records (John P. Kee, Anthony Brown, Casey J) will be recognized in the pre-show with the “Impact Award” for 40 years of service.

Below, Patillo breaks down the significance of the Dove Awards’ two new urban categories, this year’s “Love. Amplified.” theme and more in an exclusive Q&A…

ALIYA FAUST: You’re the perfect person to be doing this. Not only is faith at the forefront, but your background in the music business is so extensive. What are you looking forward to most this year at the Dove Awards?
JACKIE PATILLO: There’s a few things; I’m looking forward to Tye Tribbett and for King & Country as our cohosts. They are an unlikely duo and I think it’s going to be really magical when they step onto the stage together.

How’d you guys come up with that combo?
In my career I follow a principal that says to find out where God is moving and join Him. And, God is just moving through these guys. Not that he’s not moving through others, but these are the ones that He brought to my attention and when I asked, I didn’t even know that for King & Country had a movie coming out called Priceless the week after the Dove Awards. And Tye Tribbett has just started the Joyful Noise show on BET and it’s going to be aired a week prior. So the timing seems to be right for both of them.

I’m looking forward to seeing them as well. GMA actually added two new categories this year. Can you tell me a little more about that?
Yes! We added the “Urban Worship Song” and “Urban Worship Album” categories this year. It was very apparent, as worship has been growing by leaps and bounds, that these categories were necessary to represent our gospel artists accurately and so rather than lumping them into a category of traditional or urban gospel, we established these two worship categories in hopes that we could really serve our artists better.

Can you break that down for the average viewer?
You can’t really compare an artist like Lecrae with an artist like Hezekiah Walker. Kirk Franklin and Shirley Caesar, same message, but different style.

Right. What’s your thoughts on this new wave of gospel music?

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SOURCE: Gospel Goodies – Aliya Faust