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Christian music’s biggest night returned to Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville yesterday (October 15) as entertainers celebrated the 50th annual Dove Awards. 

Lauren Diagle won big with three awards for artist of the year, song of the year and pop/contemporary album of the year. 

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Kirk Franklin’s win for gospel artist of the year and contempory gospel song of the year was also a highlight as he shed light on last week’s police killing of Atatiana Jefferson during his acceptance speech. 

“A young girl by the name of Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed in her home by a policeman and I am just asking that we send up prayers for her family and for his, and asking that we send up prayers for that 8-year-old little boy that saw that tragedy,” he said. 

Performances included Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr, Kelontae Gavin, Jonathan McReynolds, CeCe Winans and more. 

See a list of gospel artists who were honored with awards and check out exclusive photos from the night below!

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Artist of the Year: Lauren Daigle

New Artist of the Year: Aaron Cole

Worship Song of the Year: “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong

Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: TobyMac

Gospel Artist of the Year: Kirk Franklin

Song of the Year: “You Say” – Lauren Daigle

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year: Unstoppable – Koryn Hawthorne

Traditional Gospel Song of the Year: “Deliver Me (This is My Exodus) (feat. Le’Andria Johnson)” – Donald Lawrence

Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year: “Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin

Gospel Worship Album of the Year: Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live) – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Let the Trap Say Amen – Lecrae & Zaytoven

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: Look Up Child – Lauren Daigle

Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: “Fight for Me” – GAWVI

Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: Goshen – Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers

Click here for the full list of winners.

1. Travis Greene

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Travis Greene attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,people,one person,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,looking at camera,music,smiling,beige,eyeglasses,award,three quarter length,awards ceremony,dog tag,t-shirt,jacket,tennessee,blazer – jacket,nashville,gma dove award,lapel,beige blazer,notched neckline,white color,travis greene – musician

2. Jonathan McReynolds

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Jonathan McReynold performs at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) photography,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,music,performance,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award

3. Dorinda Clark-Cole

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Dorinda Clark-Cole attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,dorinda clark-cole,gma dove award,lipscomb university

4. Kelontae Gavin

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Kelontae Gavin performs at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) photography,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,topix,music,performance,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award

5. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Tasha Cobbs attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,people,full length,one person,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,topix,looking at camera,music,smiling,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,tasha cobbs

6. CeCe Winans

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: CeCe Winans performs at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) photography,people,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,music,performance,large group of people,award,awards ceremony,cece winans,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award

7. Kirk Franklin

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Kirk Franklin performs during the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) photography,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,music,performance,award,awards ceremony,kirk franklin,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lipscomb university

8. William McDowell

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: William McDowell attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award

9. Lecrae

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Lecrae attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lecrae,lipscomb university

10. Anthony J. Brown

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Anthony J. Brown attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award

11. Casey J

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Casey J attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lipscomb university

12. Phil Thompson and Takiyah Romain

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Takiyah Romain and Phil Thompson attend the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lipscomb university,phil thompson

13. Jonathan McReynolds

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Jonathan McReynolds attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,jonathan mcreynolds,lipscomb university

14. Tyler Little

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Tyler Little attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lipscomb university

15. Ben and Jewel Tankard

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Jewel LaGreen and Ben Tankard attend the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lipscomb university

16. Tauren Wells

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Tauren Wells attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lipscomb university

17. Aaron Cole

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Cole attends the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on October 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,music,award,awards ceremony,tennessee,nashville,gma dove award,lipscomb university

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