The Gospel Music Association (GMA) serves as the face and voice for the Christian/Gospel music community.
The Gospel Music Association today announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.
Nominees were announced by Grammy nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan, CoCo Brother, comedian Chonda Pierce, and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles.
Atlanta will host the Dove Awards for a second time at the Fox Theater on April 19, 2012.
The Dove Awards have featured performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, including Whitney Houston, Tim Tebow, Sherri Shepherd and Kathie Lee Gifford. It has showcased many of the nation’s leading Christian music artists, including Amy Grant, TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns, Mary Mary, Third Day and more.
“The GMA is excited to again honor the artists, songwriters and creative individuals in our community through the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards” said Jackie Patillo, GMA’s Executive Director. “This event not only celebrates great work, but provides a platform to further our mission of exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music.”
Artist of the Year Nominees are Casting Crowns, Jason Crabb, Laura Story, Lecrae, and The Isaacs. New Artist of the Year Nominees are Jamie-Grace, Dara Maclean, Royal Tailor, Beyond The Ashes and The City Harmonic. Kirk Franklin is also nominated for best male vocalist.
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Christian/Gospel music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music of all styles including pop, rock, praise & worship, black gospel, R&B, hip hop, southern gospel, country, and more.