4th GMA Dove Awards

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4th GMA Dove Awards
LocationNashville, Tennessee

The fourth Gospel Music Association (GMA) Music Awards were held in 1972 for accomplishments of musicians for the year 1972.


An indication that gospel music was fast approaching professionalism was a bona fide scandal over GMA's 1971 Dove Awards. The incident involved one of gospel music's premier groups, The Blackwood Brothers, who had captured nine out of fourteen awards. They were accused of having conducted an extensive campaign to enlist new members to the GMA and to encourage members to vote for particular award nominees in the Dove Award balloting. Though no specific bylaw of the organization had been broken, the tactic created an industrywide concern over "voting irregularities and ethical ballot influence and solicitation."

The GMA Board voted to nullify the entire process, thereby invalidating all the awards that had been presented at the October 8, 1971, banquet held in Nashville. Also, a committee was formed to adjust the voting process with "safeguards to prevent any future irregularities in Dove Awards balloting." James Blackwood issued a statement in support of the organization's decision and strongly urged all other participants in the Dove Awards to subscribe and adhere to the code of ethics to be set forth by the Gospel Music Association.

Compilation album[edit]

Canaan Records of Waco, Texas, issued a long play album of nominated recordings titled The Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards Nominations for the Gospel Song of 1972 (CAS-9732-LP Stereo). Tracks on the recording are given in this table:

Side A
1."After Calvary"Blue Ridge Quartet 
2."Because He Lives"The Speer Family 
3."Build My Mansion (Next Door to Jesus)"The Rambos 
4."I Can Feel the Touch of His Hand"The Blackwood Brothers 
5."Redemption Draweth Nigh"The Oak Ridge Boys 
Side B
1."The King is Coming"Bill Gaither Trio 
2."The Lighthouse"The Florida Boys 
3."There's Something About that Name"The Downings 
4."Through It All"Andraé Crouch and the Disciples 
5."Turn Your Radio On"The Lewis Family 

Award recipients[edit]

Song of the Year

Songwriter of the Year

Male Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Male Group of the Year

Mixed Group of the Year

Most Promising New Gospel Talent

Album of the Year


Backliner Notes

Cover Photo or Cover Art

Graphic Layout and Design

Television Program

D.J. of the Year

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