Dove Award Nominees Mix of Old and New

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Stephen Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin and tobyMac are just a few of the gospel singers up for the title of "Artist of the Year" at this year's Dove Awards.

The Gospel Music Association released a complete list of nominees, Friday. Tomlin leads the group with seven nominations total at the gospel music celebration.

Cinderella, Chapman's song written to his four girls, is up for "Song of the Year." The ballad became increasingly popular after the death of his 5-year-old daughter last May.

Former American Idol contestant Chris Sligh is also competing for Song of the Year for his single, Empty Me, along with "New Artist of the Year," an award viewers will have a hand in deciding.

Newcomer Francesca Battistelli gained a surprising five nominations. She only entered the Christian music scene last year with her song, I'm Letting Go.

The 40th annual Dove Awards will be held April 23 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

 View the complete list of nominees here.

Sources: Gospel Music Association, Associated Press

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