The 34th Annual Dove Awards, hosted by CeCe Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman, will be presented LIVE – via a pay-per-view webcast – on Thursday, April 10, 2003 from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn. The announcement was made today by officials of the Gospel Music Association (GMA), LifeWay Christian Stores and StarOne Networks, producers for the live webcast.
Sponsored by LifeWay Christian Stores, DOVE AWARDS LIVE will feature live award-to-award coverage including the Pre-Awards. In addition, an exclusive "Behind-the-Scenes" show will be available along with the awards coverage featuring backstage interviews with the winners, presenters, and performers of the Dove Awards.
"We are pleased to partner with StarOne Networks to make the Dove Awards available around the world through the Internet," said John Styll, president of GMA.
"LifeWay Christian Stores is proud to be the exclusive retail sponsor of the LIVE Webcast of the 34th Annual Dove Awards," said Ray Sadler, Internet Store Manager. "The Dove Awards is a very special music event that celebrates both Christian music and the message the music promotes. LifeWay Christian Stores is glad to be a part of the effort to bring this message to those across the nation and the world."
The LIVE, five-hour webcast presentation of DOVE AWARDS LIVE, available at www.doveawardslive.com, begins with the Pre-Awards coverage at 6:30 PM followed by the Dove Awards at 8:30 PM (All Times Eastern).
To sign up to see DOVE AWARDS LIVE, visit www.dovewardslive.com. The "All-Access Pass" is $7.95 and includes the live Dove Awards Show, Backstage Pass, plus exclusive coverage of the Pre-Show Awards. A "Premium Pass" is also available at $19.95. In addition to the awards show coverage, the "Premium Pass" includes a copy of the 2003 Dove Hits CD featuring a collection of the top award winners and their music plus a "new" version of "Friends" by Michael W. Smith. DOVE AWARDS LIVE will be available to viewers for thirty (30) days following the webcast at www.doveawardslive.com.
"This is the only way that fans of Christian music will have the opportunity to see the Dove Awards live," says Chris Moise, president of StarOne Networks. "With the added bonus of a virtual backstage pass, fans of Christian music’s biggest night will have access to the artists on and off the stage."
DOVE AWARDS LIVE will be the only live video broadcast of the 34th Annual Dove Awards before the taped-delayed television broadcasts on PAX TV and TBN. Check your local listing for dates and times.