October 12, 2016
SoundExchange yesterday awarded GRAMMY® Award-winning contemporary Christian music superstar Chris Tomlin our Digital Radio Award during the 47th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards in Nashville.
Tomlin is the first recording artist from the Christian/gospel genre to receive the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award and just the fourth recording artist to receive the honor.
SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe presented Tomlin with the award on stage during the awards show.
“Chris, thank you for your message of hope. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the music industry, for digital radio, and for your millions of fans who clearly are streaming your music constantly across so many digital platforms,” Huppe said during the awards program.
It was the first time we presented the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award during an awards show.
Tomlin, among the most influential artists in Christian music, has sold more than seven million albums and 8.9 million digital tracks. He has 15 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award, three Billboard Music Awards, two platinum and five gold albums to his name. Tomlin’s first book, Good Good Father, is available now and his new album, Never Lose Sight, will be released October 21.
The Dove Awards took place on Tuesday, October 11 at Lipscomb’s University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. (CST). Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively broadcast the awards show on Sunday, October 16, at 7 p.m. (PST).
Only recording artists who are registered members of SoundExchange and have at least one billion streams are eligible to receive the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award. Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks and Pitbull also have received the award.