Los Angeles, CA, Monday, February 22, 2010 – Universal Music Christian Group (UMCG), a division of Universal Music Group Distribution, the award-winning sales and marketing arm of Universal Music Group, earned key nominations when the 2010 Dove Awards were announced recently. The Dove Awards, which are presented annually by the Gospel Music Association, recognize the world’s best artists, songwriters and producers in every style of Christian/Gospel music.
Leading UMCG’s nominations in such coveted award categories were Brian Courtney Wilson for New Artist of the Year; “This World Is Not My Home” (Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved; Ricky Skaggs; Albert Brumley; Skaggs Family Records) for Bluegrass Song of the Year; “Avaylable” (from “The 2econd Coming,” by Kortney “Mali Music” Pollard; Kortney “Mali Music” Pollard; Dedicated Music Group, Sound Walk) and “Just Love” (from “Just Love,” by Brian Courtney Wilson; Brian Courtney Wilson, Jermaine Williams, Mark Spears; Spirit Rising Music, Music World Entertainment) for Urban Recorded Song of the Year; “Thrilla” (by Delmar “Mr. Del” Lawrence; Mr. Del; Dedicated Music Group) for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year; and “Su Vida, Sus Pasos, Su Voz” (by Melodie Joy; Lou DiCiccio, Melodie Joy, Patricia & Jose Gutierrez, Sky Michaels, Noah Chaparro; Melrose Music Group, Universal Music Christian Group) for Spanish Language Album of the Year.
“These nominations recognize the innovation, creativity and talent of our artists and partner labels,” stated Rhoda Lawrence, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for UMCG. “This is quality music at its best and everybody at UMGD is extremely proud to be associated with these talented artists, songwriters and labels. Once again, the UMGD difference has been effective in connecting our talent with the marketplace in an engaging and lasting way.”
The 2010 Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House and televised nationwide on Gospel Music Channel (GMC) television network (www.gospelmusicchannel.com), Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m (EST).
About Universal Music Group Distribution
Universal Music Group Distribution consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD); Fontana, a worldwide distributor of independent music labels; Vivendi Entertainment, the largest independent DVD distribution company in the US and also a theatrical distributor; and Universal Music Christian Group. It distributes the music from such companies as Universal Motown Republic Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, A&M/Octone Records, MCA Nashville, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Decca Label Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip–O, UTV, Sanctuary Records, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Concord Music Group, Hollywood, Lyric Street, Fonovisa, Walt Disney, Big Machine, VI Music, Sybersound, Hidden Beach and Palm Pictures. The company also represents a world-famous roster of artists: U2, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Eminem, Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent, Sting, Jay-Z, Andrea Bocelli, Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Sugarland, Maroon 5, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, and Fall Out Boy, and many others.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.