Dove Award Nominees Announced

Atlanta, GA- (February 22, 2012)-The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

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

Atlanta will 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 Dove Awards have 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” saidJackie Patillo, GMA’s Executive Director.  “This event not only celebrates great work, but provides a platform to further our mission of exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music.”

The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees include:

Male Vocalist 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, NEED TO BREATHE, The Isaacs

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

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