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2013 Dove Award Nominations Announced

Gospel Music Association – NASHVILLE, TN (August 21, 2013) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 42 categories for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 7:30pm CT. The show will be broadcast on Monday, October 21st at 8:00ET exclusively on the UP! Television Network. Voting for the final winners will run from September 3rd through September 24th. All tabulations certified by the independent accounting firm, Kraft CPAs PLLC.

Additionally, key partners for this year’s show were announced including Food for the Hungry, Official Humanitarian Partner; Cantinas Ranch, Nominee Lunch Partner; Kia Motors, Dove Cares Red Carpet and, Technology Partner. will live stream the red carpet, pre-telecast and other non-broadcast show activities.

The nominees in 22 categories were revealed today during the press conference and the remaining categories can be found at Included here are five of the top categories announced today.

Artist of the Year

Chris Tomlin
Francesca Battistelli
Tamela Mann

New Artist of the Year

Capital Kings
Colton Dixon
for King & Country
Rhett Walker Band
Tasha Cobbs

Song of the Year

“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”, Matt Redman
“All I Can Do (Thank You)”, Mikeschair
“Break Every Chain”, Tasha Cobbs
“Forgiveness”, Matthew West
“From My Rags To His Riches”, Devin McGlamery featuring
Dailey & Vincent
“Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored”, Gaither Vocal Band
“Hold On”, Canton Junction
“I’m Learning”, Aaron & Amanda Crabb
“Live Like That”, Sidewalk Prophets
“Need You Now (How Many Times)”, Plumb
“Not For a Moment (After All)”, Meredith Andrews
“One Thing Remains”, Kristian Stanfill
“Redeemed”, Big Daddy Weave
“Sometimes I Wonder”, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
“Take Him To The Place”, Aaron & Amanda Crabb
“Take Me to the King”, Tamela Mann
“The Proof of Your Love”, for King and Country
“What The Blood Is For”, Jason Crabb
“Where I Belong”, Building 429
“Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”, Chris Tomlin
“Why Can’t We”, The Isaacs

Songwriter of the Year

Ben Glover
Benji Cowart
Matt Redman
Toby McKeehan
Wayne Haun

Inspirational Film of the Year

Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea
Christmas With A Capital C
Jerusalem Countdown
Love Begins
MONUMENTAL: In Search of America’s National Treasure
October Baby
The Bible
Travel The Road: Season One
Seven Days In Utopia

“Congratulations to all the nominees of the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards,” said Jackie Patillo, executive director of the Gospel Music Association. “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.

“We appreciate Lipscomb University hosting our awards, especially as we bring the show back to Music City. It is also an honor to have Mayor Dean be a part of today’s celebration,” continued Patillo.

Out of 42 categories, nominees in 22 of the categories were announced today in Nashville, Tennessee where such dignitaries as Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowery, and Nashville’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President Butch Spyridon and numerous GMA board members were in attendance. The press conference was hosted by a formidable list of Dove and GRAMMY nominees and past winners including Francesca Battistelli, Jason Crabb, Dailey and Vincent, James Fortune, Mandisa, Rhett Walker, Tenth Avenue North, Lady Shaunte of 760AM The Gospel, Les Butler of Solid Gospel 105FM, Nashville’s 94FM The Fish Doug Griffin and Jaci Velasquez as well as other industry leaders. The GMA Dove Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, will feature artists from every style of Gospel/Christian music coming together to celebrate the impact of its music.

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. EST with red carpet reception ceremonies starting at 6:30 p.m. EST at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The evening will be full of rare and exciting performances showcasing the genre’s hottest, most diverse artists and televised live nationwide exclusively on UP TV.

Salem Communications’ Nashville-based print and radio media outlets (including CCM Magazine, 94FM The Fish and Today’s Christian Music) will offer an unprecedented look inside the Dove Awards, enabling fans a special view inside the industry’s most celebrated event. “We are thrilled to be a partner with the GMA in the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards and will provide exclusive content across our Christian music networks, publications and Nashville-based radio station. The fans will be able to follow the week of activity and special behind-the-scenes moments like never before” said Michael Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Salem Publishing, Nashville’s 94FM the Fish and Salem Music Network.

“We are deeply rooted in Christ-centered and positive content, always striving to provide a close connection to the artists for the fans. is honored to once again partner with the GMA to bring real-time content directly to the fans during the industry’s most treasured event” says General Partner James Ackerman.

Dove Awards will be handed out in 42 categories. The Dove Award nominations go to recordings released during the eligibility period of November 1, 2011through April 30, 2013 and voted on by the members of the GMA. The complete list of nominations is available at This year’s press conference was streamed live on

Tickets to the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $200.00.

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