Chris Tomlin leads Dove Awards noms
Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns receive five nods eachNASHVILLE -- Chris Tomlin is the lead nominee for the 40th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Tomlin grabbed seven nods -- including artist, male vocalist, song of the year and praise & worship album of the year -- while Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns and newcomer Francesca Battistelli received five each.
Tomlin is GMA's reigning male vocalist, having claimed the honor the past three years. Grant is the reigning female vocalist of the year with three consecutive wins and this year is nominated again in that category as well as in pop/contemporary album for "Relentless" and song of the year for her hit "I Will Not Be Moved."
Battistelli's five nods include recognition in the female vocalist and new artist of the year categories as well as song of the year for her hit "I'm Letting Go." Casting Crowns received nods for artist of the year and group of the year, among others. The popular worship band has won the latter award four times.
For the first time, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the process by voting in the artist of the year and new artist categories. Fan votes will count for one third of the total vote in those categories.
The show will air live on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) April 23 from 8-10pm EST from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry house.
Dove Awards are handed out in 43 categories representing the depth and diversity in the gospel music community.