44th annual Dove Awards come to Allen Arena tonight

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Chris Tomlin
-photo by Shelby Smit

For the first time in Dove Awards history, gospel music’s biggest night will take place in the fall and on the campus of Lipscomb University. The Gospel Music Association is bringing the awards back to Nashville Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Lipscomb's Allen Arena.

The Dove Awards are called by many “the Grammys of Christian music.” Artists who will be performing during the show include Amy Grant, the Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Toby Mac, NEEDTOBREATHE, Michael W. Smith, the Newsboys, the Isaacs, Passion Band and Kirk Franklin among others.

Presenters will include Mark Lowry, Jaci Velasquez, Lecrae, Mandisa and Rick Warren.

Tuesday's awards show will be broadcast nationally the following Monday, October 21, on the UP Television Network.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.