Hillsong United took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and song of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).”
“The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great opportunities to share the message of Jesus,” Hillsong United’s Jonathan Douglass said backstage. “Only by the grace of God is this song doing what it’s doing. . . People keep telling us the song is doing really well, but the way we gauge it is when we talk to people one on one, either back in Sydney [Australia, the worship band’s home base] or all over the world. People grab me by the shoulders, look me in the eyes and say, ‘I was going through this and that song is what helped me.’ That’s why we do these albums.”
Veteran rock bands Switchfoot and Skillet were among the evening’s other multiple winners with Switchfoot winning three Doves, including rock contemporary song for “Love Alone is Worth the Fight” and rock/contemporary album for Fading West.
Skillet won rock album of the year for Rise and the Dove for rock song for “Not Gonna Die.” The band wasn’t at the Doves because they were preparing to leave for Europe to embark on their first headlining tour abroad. “I have to say it was pretty cool hearing the news about these wins,” Skillet lead vocalistJohn Cooper said in a text. “We couldn’t be there since we are heading to Europe again this week, but to have this album recognized in this way was definitely an honor and we’re really thankful.”
Hosted by Lecrae and MercyMe frontman Bart Millard, the Doves were held at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University and will be broadcast Oct. 12 on Trinity Broadcast Network. The Newsboys kicked off the show with frontman Michael Tait descending from a platform near the ceiling and belting out the band’s hit “God’s Not Dead,” the song which inspired the film of the same name. Produced by Pure Flix Entertainment, the movie won the Dove for inspirational film of the year, a new category that was instituted at the 2013 Dove Awards.
SOURCE: Deborah Evans Price