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Nashville, TN — The host of the 42nd GMA Dove Awards, Sherri Shepherd, announced expected appearances at this year’s award ceremony to be held on April 20 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Fox Theater and broadcast the following Sunday in the St. Louis area. The announcement was made on Tuesday, March 8 via Twitter.

Sherri Shepherd will be the host of this year’s Dove Awards. She is known as a co-host on The View. But, before that was rooted as a comedian. Of the Christian faith and making her way as a single parent, Sherri Shepherd has been cast in other roles as well. She is also known as the host of the Newlywed Game and as the part of Angie Jordan on 30 Rock and on her own Lifetime TV sitcom, Sherri. She announced the following artists as being a part of the preliminary list of those to make their appearances at the award ceremony:

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Francesca Battistelli

Jason Crabb

Natalie Grant

Mary Mary

Chonda Pierce

Marvin Sapp

Chris Tomlin

Most on the list are also up for at least one nomination to receive a Dove Award this year.

The Gospel Music Association 2011 Dove Awards can be seen in the St. Louis area on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. on the GMA Channel or online at their Website. The Dove Awards are given to Christian musical artists. The music of these artists can be heard in the St. Louis area on one of two Christian radio stations. 99.1 Joy fm can be heard throughout St. Louis and adjoining counties. WIBI 91.1 fm can be heard on the east side and if you’re lucky enough to catch a clear channel as far as west of St. Charles county. Both can also be heard in live streams online.

Via: The Belle Report

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