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Curb | Word Entertainment's Artists and Projects Earn Seven GMA Dove Awards: The Independent Label Group’s Artist Performances Moved Hearts, Lifted Spirits and Reflected Curb I Word’s Rich, Diverse Musical Tapestry During Last Night’s 49th Annual GMA

Curb | Word Entertainment’s artists and projects were honored last night with a total of seven Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards across several categories. This tally marks the highest number of awards earned by artists/projects signed to an independent label group, this year.

"All of us at Curb | Word Entertainment are incredibly proud of our artists, partners, and projects that were recognized with Dove Awards last night. for KING & COUNTRY, Big Daddy Weave, and Natalie Grant kicked off the show and set the tone for a special evening. Dan Bremnes’ and Blanca’s performances were major highlights for us as well,” says Curb I Word Entertainment’s General Manager, Ryan Dokke, emphasizing the wide range of inspiring talent under the label group’s umbrella.

Winners included touring and radio phenomenon NEEDTOBREATHE who picked up a Dove Award in the Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year category for its sweeping and emotional, “Walking On Water.”

Producers Joseph Prielozny and Benjamin Backus were honored for their contributions as producers on the Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, Today We Rebel by KB.

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year was awarded to Skillet’s Unleashed Beyond, while the roots-inspired “Dinner on the Ground (ft. the Oak Ridge Boys),” garnered a Dove in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year category.

Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year was awarded to for KING & COUNTRY for its Christmas | Live In Phoenix album, and the Dove for Musical of The Year went to How to Have the Best Christmas Ever by creators Daniel Semsen, Heidi Petak, Jeff Bumgardner and Joel Lindsey.

The 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out last night in the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards will be televised on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

About Curb | Word Entertainment:
In 2016, Curb Records joined forces with Word Entertainment to form Curb | Word Entertainment, combining two of the music industry’s most respected brands and more than a century of collective experience. Under the leadership of founder Mike Curb since 1962, Curb | Word Entertainment is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. The powerhouse partnership finds the Nashville-based company presiding over a roster that features both award-winning acts and rising stars in Country, Christian, Pop and Hip-Hop, including Lee Brice, Dylan Scott, Rodney Atkins, Jerrod Niemann, for KING & COUNTRY, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave and Natalie Grant, among others. In addition to Curb | Word Entertainment’s recorded music divisions, the company also operates a variety of artist service departments encompassing film distribution, church resources, publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives.

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit

About Trinity Broadcasting Network:
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the world’s largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 32 global networks. As the world’s most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the TBN Networks, visit us at