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Dove Award Nominees Announced

The nominations for the Gospel Music Association's 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, were announced recently at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA, which was streamed live at HearItFirst.

Nominees were announced by GRAMMY nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan, known for his iconic hit “This is How We Do It,” and his recent Christian song "Shake Heaven", BET “Lift Every Voice” host CoCo Brother, Daytime EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce, and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles.

The coveted artist of the year nominees are Casting Crowns, Jason Crabb, Laura Story, Lecrae, and The Isaacs.

The featured new artist of the year nominees are Jamie-Grace, Dara Maclean, Royal Tailor, Beyond The Ashes and The City Harmonic.

For full list of nominees you can go to www.gospelmusic.org

Atlanta will once again host the Dove Awards for a second time at the Fox Theatre on April 19, 2012, following a sold-out show in 2011 hosted by Sherri Shepherd which aired on the Gospel Music Channel and garnered 1.5 million viewers.

The show has featured performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, including Whitney Houston, Tim Tebow, Sherri Shepherd and Kathie Lee Gifford. It has showcased many of the nation’s leading Christian music artists, including Amy Grant, TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns, Mary Mary, Third Day and more.

"The GMA is excited to again honor the artists, songwriters and creative individuals in our community through the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards" said Jackie Patillo, GMA's Executive Director in a recent press release. "This event not only celebrates great work, but provides a platform to further our mission of exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music."

Here is a partial list of nominees below;

Male Artist of the Year
Chris August
Chris Tomlin
Jason Crabb
Kirk Franklin
Steven Curtis Chapman



Female Vocalist of the Year:
Francesca Battistelli
Kari Jobe
Laura Story
Mandisa
Natalie Grant

Group of the Year:
Casting Crowns
David Crowder*Band
Gaither Vocal Band
NEEDTOBREATHE
The Isaacs


For more information, please visit www.gospelmusic.org and www.hearitfirst.com

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