Last Tuesday, October 13, 2015, marked the return of the annual GMA Dove Awards. Since 1970 the show has honored excellence in Christian music, with this year’s show being no different. Highlighting the event were a number of big name performers, presenters, and the theme of the entire event: “We are better together.”
Hosted by "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson and five-time Grammy winner Erica Campbell, the fun-filled night included powerhouse performances by Kirk Franklin, Matt Maher, Crowder, newcomer Lauren Daigle and many more.
Speaking of Lauren Daigle, the young artist had one of the most memorable nights of all, as she brought home the “Song of the Year,” “New Artist of the Year,” and “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year” awards.
In her acceptance speech, Daigle reminded viewers of why she and all the others create the music that they do. “We as Christians have a legacy to leave, and it’s all about a love of Christ to permeate the music and reach the hearts of all of the people out there.”
Taking home the “Artist of the Year” award was rapper Lecrae, who made history by becoming the first pure hip-hop/rap artist to win the award*. It didn’t stop there though, as he also took home the “Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year” and “Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year” awards.
Though he was not able to accept his awards in person, Lecrae offered this statement to The Christian Post the following day: “It is extremely humbling. I make music to impact and inspire. I’m grateful to have a team around me that believes in the vision and contributes their talent to bring it all to fruition.”
Surrounding the night was the overarching theme of unity, reminding us believers that we are all one in Christ and that “we are better together.”
That was never more present than when rapper KB performed his song, “I Believe,” where he and a group of dancers faced off against another group dressed as police and wearing riot gear.
After the song ended he posed the question, “What does it look like to have two come together and talk and become unified, linking together to actually bring peace?”
Throughout Scripture we are called to come together as one people within the body of Christ. In Colossians 3:13-14 (NIV), Paul says, “13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
And in the Psalms it reads, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 NIV).
The Dove Awards promoted unity on a national scale, but more than awareness, unity requires action. We are to forgive one another and love one another as the Lord forgives and loves us.
What can you do in your community to start creating more unity?
*tobyMac has previously won “Artist of the Year,” but his style features a blend of rock, pop, and rap music.