Former NFL great and current CBS Sports personality Deion Sanders and gospel music sensation Yolanda Adams will serve as the hosts for the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) 35th Annual Music Awards on April 28th in Nashville, John Styll, president of the GMA and executive producer of the awards show, announced today. UPN has also been announced as the award show’s national broadcast outlet. UPN will televise the music show, on May 28th at 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
GMA’s Music Awards is gospel music’s biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a national night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows gospel music’s highest honor -- the Dove Award.
Theatergoers in 50 cities, including all top 10 markets, will also have the exclusive opportunity to see the GMA Music Awards live as Regal Entertainment Group (REG) Theatres presents a “One Night Only” Big Screen Premiere of the show in a special simulcast event from Nashville on April 28th. The awards show will be shown live at Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres. The Regal Entertainment premiere event marks the first time a live awards show has been simulcast in movie theatres nationwide.
“We’re thrilled to have Deion and Yolanda as our hosts for this year’s show,” said Styll. “Both are great entertainers in their own right. Deion is one of the all-time great professional athletes and an entertaining TV personality and Yolanda is truly a gospel music treasure. They have achieved the highest honors in their fields and are respected for their professional accomplishments and personal integrity. I look forward to working with Deion and Yolanda to put on a rousing and entertaining evening for the live audience in the Regal theatres and for the UPN television audience.”
“We also welcome UPN as this year’s television network and Regal Entertainment Group for their participation in a groundbreaking live premiere,” Styll continued. “UPN brings a new opportunity to showcase one of America’s most popular genres of music to a large and passionate television audience, and Regal will give gospel music fans the chance to see the awards live on the big screen at their neighborhood movie theatre.”
Tickets for the Regal Entertainment Big Screen Premiere event are $10 and are now available at event location box offices and at www.RegalCM.com. ForeFront Recording Artist and Dove Nominee Rebecca St. James will host the Regal event, providing exclusive backstage access to the show. Child sponsorship organization Compassion International will participate at the Regal events to promote sponsorship of children from Africa.