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43rd Annual Dove Awards Nominees Announced

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43rd Annual Dove AwardsThe Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA, which was streamed live at HearItFirst . Nominees were announced by Grammy® nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan , known for his iconic hit "This is How We Do It," BET "Lift Every Voice" host CoCo Brother, Daytime EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce , and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles. Bluegrass interest nominations below.

Atlanta will host the Dove Awards for a second time at the Fox Theatre on April 19, 2012, following a sold-out show in 2011 hosted by Sherri Shepherd which aired on the Gospel Music Channel and garnered 1.5 million viewers.

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."

The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees include:

Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year

  • "Indescribable"; Indescribable: Bluegrass Meets Worship; Chigger Hill Boys & Terri; Jesse Reeves & Laura Story; Daywind
  • "Let It Go"; A Mother's Prayer; Ralph Stanley; Sara Evans, Billy Smith, Terry Smith; Rebel Records
  • "Mama's Teaching Angels How to Sing"; Naturally; The Isaacs; Dottie Rambo; Gaither Music Group
  • "Precious Memories"; Drive Time; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; ; Crossroads Records
  • "The Water is Calling"; Already Home; Marcy Each; Marcy Each, Lyn Rowel; Vine

Bluegrass Album of the Year

  • A Mother's Prayer; Ralph Stanley; Ralph Stanley II; Rebel Records
  • Family Chain; John Bowman; John Bowman, Ben Issacs, Jimmy Edmonds; Pisgah Ridge
  • Grassroots Rambos; Rambo McGuire; Dony McGuire; Rambo McGuire Records
  • Indescribable: Bluegrass Meets Worship; Chigger Hill Boys & Terri; Mark Dunham; Daywind
  • Satisfied; Paul Williams & The Victory Trio; Paul Williams; Rebel Records

Christmas Album of the Year

  • A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume 2; Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Molly Skaggs, Luke Skaggs, and Rachel Leftwich; Ricky Skaggs; Skaggs Family Records
  • Christmas Hope; Benjamin Utecht; David Grow, Brian Siewart, David Hamilton; Green Hill Productions
  • Christmas in Diverse City; TobyMac; Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens, Mike Woods, David Garcia, Victor Oquendo, SUPERHEROSE, Tre Corley, Arch Nemeciz, Tim Rosenau, Matthew Edwards, DOA Allen for the DESIGNATED HITTERS, Todde (toddiefunk) Lawton, Byron Mr. Talkbox" Chambers; EMI CMG"
  • Irish Country Christmas; Craig Duncan; Craig Duncan; Green Hill Productions
  • Oh For Joy; David Crowder*Band; David Crowder*Band; EMI CMG

Long Form Video of the Year

  • A Skaggs Family Christmas LIVE; Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Molly Skaggs, Luke Skaggs, and Rachel Leftwich; Matt Coale; Ricky Skaggs,Billy Paul Jones, and Charlotte Scott; RS Entertainment Inc.; Skaggs Family Records
  • Fear Not Tomorrow; The Collingsworth Family; Curt Casassa; Jim Hammond; P&KC Music; P&KC Music
  • Tent Revival Homecoming; Bill & Gloria Gaither and Homecoming Friends; Doug Stuckey; Bill Gaither, Barry Jennings, Bill Carter; Gaither Television Productions; Gaither Music Group
  • The Song Lives On; Jason Crabb; Doug Stuckey; Bill Gaither; Gaither Television Productions; Gaither Music Group
  • Yahweh; Hillsong Chapel; Luke Irvine; Executive Producer: Joel Houston; Producers: Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding; ; EMI CMG

The complete list of all nominees in all the categories is available on the Dove Awards web site.

Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community membership consists of agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376. www.facebook.com/gospelmusicassociation.

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