With the 2012 Grammy Awards right around the corner, many Christian artists have been nominated within the larger awards show and the sub categories of the five gospel categories.
Christian music superstars, Brandon Heath and Chris Tomlin have been nominated for three awards each.
Both artists are nominated for the same awards – Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, and Contemporary Christian music Album of the year.
Tomlin's nominated song is "I Lift My Hand," and his album is And If Our God Is For Us.
For Tomlin this will be his fifth Grammy nomination. He has also been nominated for 42 Dove awards, winning 20.
Heath was nominated for his song "Your Love," while his album, Leaving Eden, is in contention with Tomlin.
This is also Heath's fifth Grammy nomination. Heath has 10 Dove nominations, winning five of them.
Heath tweeted about his nomination and said, "@brandonheath Thanks for all the well wishers out there. My voice is healing and thankful for the Grammy Noms! Congrats to all my fellow artists too."
The 54th Annual Awards show will air on Feb. 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in L.A.
List of 2012 Grammy Gospel Nominees
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
1. “Do Everything” - Steven Curtis Chapman
Track From: Re:Creation
2. “Alive” (Mary Magdalene) Natalie Grant Track From: Music Inspired By The Story [Wow Joint Venture/Emi Cmg]
3. “Your Love” Brandon Heath Track From: Leaving Eden [Reunion Records]
4. “Jesus” Le'andria Johnson Track From: The Awakening Of Le'andria Johnson [Music World Gospel]
5. “I Lift My Hands” Chris Tomlin Track From: And If Our God Is For Us... [Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]
Best Gospel Song
1. “Hello Fear”
Kirk Franklin, Songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Track From: Hello Fear
[Verity Gospel Music Group/Fo Yo Soul Ent.; Publisher: Aunt
2. “Sitting With Me” Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, Songwriters (Mary Mary) Track From: Something Big [Columbia Records; Publishers: Precious Baby Music/T Bella Music/Emi April Music, It's Tea Tyme, That's Plum Song]
3. “Spiritual” Donald Lawrence, Songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche Mcallister-Dykes) Track From: YRM (Your Righteous Mind) [Verity Gospel Music Group; Publisher: Quiet Water Entertainment]
4. “Trust Me” Richard Smallwood, Songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision) Track From: Promises [Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal-Z Tunes/T.Autumn Music]
5. “Window” Canton Jones, Songwriter (Canton Jones) Track From: Dominionaire [Cajo Records; Publisher: Cajo Music]
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Laura Story, Songwriter (Laura Story)
Track From: Blessings
[Fair Trade Services; Publishers: New Spring/Gleaning
2. “Hold Me” Jamie Grace Harper, Toby Mckeehan & Christopher Stevens, Songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac) [Gotee Records; Publishers: Universal Music, Brentwood Benson Tunes, Songs Of Third Base/Chriscendo Music, Meaux Mercy/Achtober Songs]
3. “I Lift My Hands” Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, Songwriters (Chris Tomlin) Track From: And If Our God Is For Us... [Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords; Publishers: Sixsteps Music/Worshiptogether.Com Songs/Vamos Publishing/Thankyou Music/Spiritandsong.Com Publishing]
4. “Strong Enough” Matthew West, Songwriter (Matthew West) Track From: The Story of Your Life [Sparrow Records; Publishers: External Combustion Music/Songs For Delaney/Songs Of Southside Independent Music]
5. “Your Love” Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, Songwriters (Brandon Heath) Track From: Leaving Eden [Reunion Records; Publishers: Sony/Atv Cross Keys Publishing/Big Skwawka Music, Sony/Atv Timber Publishing/Windsor Hill Music]
Best Gospel Album
1. The Love Album
2. The Journey Andraé Crouch [Riverphlo Entertainment]
3. Hello Fear Kirk Franklin [Verity Gospel Music Group/ Fo Yo Soul Ent.]
4. Something Big Mary Mary [Columbia Records]
5. Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition Trin-I-Tee 5:7 [Music World Gospel]
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
1. Ghosts Upon The Earth
2. Leaving Eden Brandon Heath [Reunion Records]
3. The Great Awakening Leeland [Essential Records]
4. What If We Were Real Mandisa [Sparrow Records]
5. Black & White Royal Tailor [Essential Records]
6. And If Our God Is For Us... Chris Tomlin [Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]