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Dove Awards Set For April 13

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Steven Curtis Chapman, CeCe Winans, Rebecca St. James, Smokie Norful, Darlene Zschech and Israel Houghton will be the hosts for the 36th Annual GMA Music Awards on April 13 at Music City's Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

"The GMA Music Awards are an opportunity to celebrate excellence in gospel music, so who better to be the face of the Doves than six artists who have made distinct contributions to the success of gospel music in recent years. CeCe, Darlene, Israel, Rebecca, Smokie and Steven are not only beloved artists, but as a group, they reflect the diversity, creativity and boldness that have helped to raise the profile of gospel music in our culture today," said John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA)

The GMA Music Awards would be televised in national syndication during the month of June. Central City Productions of Chicago, Ill., will handle first run syndication through network affiliates and independent stations nationwide with an expected audience reach of at least 75 percent of U.S. television households. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen