Michael Smith and dc Talk's Toby McKeehan each scored nine nominations to lead the field for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards. Smith and McKeehan (who records as tobyMac) will vie for b

Michael Smith and dc Talk's Toby McKeehan each scored nine nominations to lead the field for the Gospel Music Association's 2003 Dove Awards. Smith and McKeehan (who records as tobyMac) will vie for best artist against MercyMe, Third Day, and Steven Curtis Chapman. The awards will be presented April 10 in Nashville. Winners will be determined by the GMA's 5,000 members.

Smith is also up for best male vocalist, praise and worship album for "Worship Again," inspirational recorded song for "Purified," short form music video for "There She Stands," and long form music video for "Worship."

McKeehan earned additional nominations for best rap recorded song (both "Irene" and "J-Train"), while his "Get This Party Started" is up for best modern rock song.

Other multiple nominees include Bebo Norman, Kirk Franklin, Nichole Nordeman, and Third Day. Nordeman will battle Natalie Grant, Nicole C. Mullen, Rebecca St. James, and Joy Williams for best female vocalist, while Third Day's Mac Powell is up against Smith, Chapman, Norman, and Mark Schultz for best male vocalist. Audio Adrenaline, MercyMe, Selah, Sixpence None The Richer, and Third Day were all nominated for best group.

Click here for a full list of Dove Award nominees.