To be held April 5 in Nashville.
Chris Tomlin leads the list of nominees for the Gospel Music Assn.'s 37th annual awards with nine nominations, among them artist and male vocalist of the year. "Holy is the Lord" and "How Great is Our God," two songs he wrote on his current release, Arriving, were nominated in both the song of the year and worship song categories.
Tomlin and the David Crowder Band, who earned six nods, both record for sixstepsrecords [cq] and are part of the "Passion" collegiate worship movement. Natalie Grant, Joy Williams and Relient K also earned six nominations each.
"Each of these artists reflects the multi-dimensional impact that gospel music has in our culture and they deserve the recognition these Dove nominations will bring. Chris Tomlin and David Crowder Band make music that not only resonates with one person listening on the radio or on their iPod, but also connects with hundreds or thousands gathered in a worship setting," says John W. Styll, president of the GMA and executive producer of the GMA Music Awards. "It is also great to see Natalie Grant , Joy Williams and BarlowGirl bringing the female voice back to the forefront, alongside recent years’ Dove favorites like Switchfoot, Casting Crowns, Relient K and Jeremy Camp."
Camp, Switchfoot, Casting Crowns, the Crabb Family, Israel Houghton, BarlowGirl and Third Day received five nominations each.
Hosted by Kirk Franklin and Rebecca St. James, the GMA Music Awards will be held April 5 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. The show will air in syndication April 15 to May 21. The awards are voted on by members of the Gospel Music Assn.