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The GMA Dove Awards have announced the nominees for their 44th annual event that will see the biggest names in Christian music get together for a night full of music.
The awards show will take place on October 15 at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
The show will be broadcast on Monday October 21 at 8:00 P.M. EST on the Up! Television Network.
Voting will take place from September 3 to September 24 according a press release.
Sponsoring the show will be Food for the Hungry, Official Humanitarian Partner; Cantinas Ranch, Nominee Lunch Partner; Kia Motors, Dove Cares Red Carpet and HearitFirst.com.
"Congratulations to all the nominees of the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards," said Jackie Patillo, executive director of the Gospel Music Association in a press release. "The Doves celebrate the impact of all genres of Gospel music, recognizing talent, ministry and outstanding performances. The excitement and energy of the Dove Awards show is something we all look forward to – and this year will prove to be better than ever."
Major categories unveiled today include:
Artist of the Year
Chris Tomlin, sixstepsrecords
Francesca Battistelli, Fervent
Lecrae, Reach Records
Tamela Mann, TillyMann
TobyMac, ForeFront Records
New Artist of the Year
Capital Kings, Gotee Records
Colton Dixon, Sparrow Records
for King & Country, Fervent
Rhett Walker Band, Essential Records
Tasha Cobbs, EMI Gospel
Songwriter of the Year
A full list of the nominees can be viewed - http://www.doveawardsvoting.com/nominees#!nominees/c153p