Dove Awards 2022: For King & Country, Maverick City Music among top nominees

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Leading nominees for the 2022 Dove Awards include powerhouse duo For King & Country, fast-rising worship collective Maverick City Music and longtime Christian music staple Matthew West.

Unveiled Tuesday in a livestream hosted by the Gospel Music Association, Maverick City Music — a singing and songwriting cohort that made a major splash earlier this year at the Grammy Awards — earned seven nominations, including Artist of the Year. West joins Maverick City Music in this year's seven-timer club, led by two nods in Song of the Year.

But the most-nominated artist at the upcoming show might not be one listeners immediately recognize. Producer and songwriter Jeff Pardo appears nine times on the ballot this year, topped by a pair of Song of the Year nominations.

Portrait of For King & Country at Ciite Studio in Franklin, Tenn., Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Portrait of For King & Country at Ciite Studio in Franklin, Tenn., Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

For King & Country, two-time defending Artist of the Year, scored six nods. The Australian-born, Nashville-based brothers compete in 2022 for Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, among others.

A handful of artists join For King & Country as six-time nominees: Anne Wilson, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka, Jonathan Smith and Phil Wickham.

And the field for this year's top honor — Artist of the Year — features a who's who competition of modern Christian performers. Roughly 2,000 Gospel Music Association voters elected gospel legend CeCe Winans, family band We The Kingdom and hitmaking singer-songwriter Zach Williams to the field alongside Maverick City Music and For King & Country.

Maverick City Music.
Maverick City Music.

Additional nods include country powerhouse Carrie Underwood, who competes for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year behind "All Is Well," a track off the deluxe reissue of holiday album "My Gift;" and Dolly Parton, who returns to the Dove Awards to compete alongside Underwood with “In The Sweet By And By," a collaboration with Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley and Bradley Walker.

The Dove Awards take place Oct. 18 on Lipscomb University campus in Nashville. The show airs Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. CST via TBN and the TBN streaming app. An encore performance airs Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. CST.

2022 Dove Awards nominees

Song of the Year

  • “Be Alright” - (writers) Sean Cook, Evan Craft, Willy Gonzalez

  • “Believe For It” - (writers) Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans, Mitch Wong

  • “Come What May” - (writers) Darren Mulligan, Jeff Pardo

  • “Good God Almighty” - (writers) David Crowder, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka

  • "Hold On To Me” - (writers) Lauren Daigle, Paul Duncan, Paul Mabury

  • “House Of The Lord” - (writers) Jonathan Smith, Phil Wickham

  • “Jireh” - (writers) Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine

  • “Look What You’ve Done” - (writers) Tasha Layton, AJ Pruis, Keith Everette Smith, Matthew West

  • “My Jesus” - (writers) Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Anne Wilson

  • “Promises” - (writers) Keila Alvarado, Joe L. Barnes, Dante Bowe, Phillip Carrington Gaines, Lemuel Marin, Aaron Moses

  • “Rattle!” - (writers) Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Brandon Lake

Artist of the Year

  • CeCe Winans


  • Maverick City Music

  • We The Kingdom

  • Zach Wiliams

New Artist of the Year 

  • Anne Wilson

  • Blessing Offor

  • DOE

  • Jordan St. Cyr

  • Ryan Ellis

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year

  • No Church In A While - Lecrae, 1K Phew

  • The End. - Trip Lee

  • TWO UP TWO DOWN - Aaron Cole

  • Unstoppable (United We Can) - Angie Rose

  • UPPERHAND - indie tribe

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year

  • “House of the Lord” - Phil Wickham

  • “In Jesus Name (God Of Possible)” - Katy Nichole

  • “My Jesus” - Anne Wilson


  • “Scars In Heaven” - Casting Crowns

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year

  • Healer - Casting Crowns

  • Milk & Honey - Crowder

  • My Jesus - Anne Wilson

  • Rise Up - CAIN

  • What Are We Waiting For? - FOR KING + COUNTRY

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year

  • “All Is Well” - Carrie Underwood

  • “God Is Real” - The Sound

  • “Grace And Goodness” - Sunday Drive

  • “In The Sweet By And By” - Dolly Parton, ft. Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Bradley Walker

  • “Mamas” - Anne Wilson, ft. Hillary Scott

Southern Gospel Album of the Year

  • 2:22 - Karen Peck & New River

  • Just Sing! - The Collingsworth Family

  • Keeping On - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

  • More To The Story - The Kingsmen

  • Something New - Legacy Five

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year

  • “Adulting - Live” - Jonathan McReynolds, Mali Music

  • “Believe For It” - CeCe Winans, ft. Lauren Daigle

  • “Gotta Believe” - Tasha Cobbs Leonard

  • “Sunday” - Koryn Hawthorne

  • “When I Pray” - DOE

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year

  • Clarity - DOE

  • Jonny X Mail: Live in LA (Stereo) - Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music

  • Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition - Maverick City Music

  • Oil + Water - Travis Greene

  • One Touch - Jabari Johnson

Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year

  • “Breathe” - Maverick City Music, ft. DOE, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore

  • “Goodness of God - Live” - CeCe Winans

  • “Jesus “ - Phil Thompson

  • “Lazarus” - Maranda Curtis

  • “Love Song” - Travis Greene, ft. Madison Binion

Worship Recorded Song of the Year 

  • “God, Turn It Around” - Jon Reddick

  • “Hymn of Heaven” - Phil Wickham

  • “I Speak Jesus” - Charity Gayle

  • “Jireh (Radio Version)” - Maverick City Music ft. Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine

  • “Know You Will” - Hillsong UNITED

Worship Album of the Year

  • Are We There Yet? - Hillsong UNITED

  • Homecoming (Live) - Bethel Music

  • Hymn of Heaven - Phil Wickham

  • LION - Elevation Worship

  • SEVEN (Live) - Brooke Ligertwood

Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year

  • “A Ceigas” - Indieomar, Musiko

  • “Color de Alegria” - Andy Alemany, TWICE, Samuel ASH

  • “Danzando” - Gateway Worship Español, ft. Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D'Clario, Travy Joe, Josh Morales

  • “Júbilo” - Maverick City Música, Miel San Marcos

  • “Mi Salvador” - Mosaic Msc

Inspirational Film/Series of the Year

  • American Underdog

  • Blue Miracle

  • Redeeming Love

  • The Chosen

  • The Jesus Music

See a full list of nominees at

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: GMA Dove Awards: Maverick City Music, For King & Country nominated