Michael W. Smith tops the list of nominees for the 36th annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Music Awards.

Michael W. Smith tops the list of nominees for the 36th annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Music Awards. The artist garnered eight mentions, among them artist of the year and song of the year for "Healing Rain," which he co-wrote with Martin Smith and Matt Bronleewe.

Casting Crowns earned seven nominations, including group and artist of the year. Meanwhile, the Crabb Family moved Southern gospel music to the forefront of key categories generally dominated by pop and rock acts. The siblings received six nominations, including nods in the group of the year and song of the year (for "Through the Fire") categories.

Elsewhere, Jason Crabb is up for male vocalist of the year against Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall, Israel Houghton and Fernando Ortega. Family patriarch Gerald Crabb received six nominations for his songwriting.

Houghton, Switchfoot, MercyMe, and Matthew West each received five nominations, with Switchfoot frontman Jonathan Foreman receiving three of his own.

The event will be held April 13 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Awards will be presented in 44 categories, voted on by the 4,500-members of the GMA.