The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 41 categories for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The theme of this year’s award show is “Better Together” which focuses on the strength in unity. The conference was also streamed live on CMM MAGAZINE and YES Lord Radio. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 18 on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the US, plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 20 through August 27. The “Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” categories will be made in a special announcement in the coming weeks.
Lecrae leads all nominations with 7, followed by for KING & COUNTRY with 5. Crowder, Matt Maher and Chris Tomlin tally 4 nods each.
The full list of nominees can be found below:
- Contemporary Christian Artists Of The Year: Chris Tomlin, for KING & COUNTRY, Hillsong UNITED, Lecrae, MercyMe
- Contemporary Gospel Urban Recorded Song Of The Year: "Worth Fighting For" by Brian Courtney Wilson, "I Luh God" by Erica Campbell, "Flaws" by Kierra Sheard, "Say Yes" by Michelle Williams, "No Greater Love" by Smokie Norful
- Southern Gospel Song Of The Year: "Happy People" by Ernie Haase & Signature Song, "Sometimes It Takes A Mountain" by Gaither Music, "What A Happy Time" by Goodman Revival, "Pray Now" by Karen Peck Gooch & New River, "Hidden Heroes" by Talley Trio
- Worship Song Of The Year: "Great Are You Lord" by All Sons & Daughters, "Holy Spirit" by Francesca Battistelli, "Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)" by Kari Jobe, "Because He Lives (Amen)" by Matt Maher, "This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham
- Pop/Contemporary Song Of The Year: "Come As You Are" by Crowder, "Shoulders" for KING & COUNTRY, "Touch The Sky" by Hillsong UNITED, "How Can It Be" by Lauren Daigle, "We Believe" by Newsboys, "Soul On Fire" by ThirdDay
- Rock Album Of The Year: "Lowborn" by Anberlin, "Attack" by Disciple Rocks, "Fight The Silence" by For Today, "Of Beauty & Range" by RED, "Oxygen: Inhale" by Thousand Foot Krutch
- Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year: "Anchor" by Colton Dixon, "The Borderland Sessions" by John Mark, "Live From The Woods" by NEEDTOBREATHE, "Invader" by Rapture Ruckus, "The Edge Of The Earth" by Switchfoot
- Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year: "Empire" by Derek Minor, "Tomorrow We Live" by KB, "Anomaly" by Lecrae, "Mansion" by NF, "Rise" by Trip Lee
- Traditional Gospel Album Of The Year: "Worth Fighting For" by Brian Courtney Wilson, "The Truth" by Casey J, "Any Given Sunday" by Charles Jenkins, "Amazing" by Ricky Dillard & New G, "Unstoppable" by VaShawn Mitchell
- Worship Album Of The Year: "All Sons & Daughters" by All Sons & Daughters, "We Will Not Be Shaken" by Bethel Music, "Love Ran Red" by Chris Tomlin, "No Other Name" by Hilllsong Worship, "Even So Come (Live)" by Passion
- Inspirational Film Of The Year: "Do You Believe," "Left Behind," "Mom's Night Out," "The Song," "When The Game Stands Tall"
- New Artist Of The Year: About A Mile, Danny Gokey, I Am They, Lauren Daigle, NF
- Artist Of The Year: for KING & COUNTRY, Francesca Battistelli, Kari Jobe, Lecrae, MercyMe
- Southern Gospel Artist Of The Year: Booth Brothers, Collingsworth Family, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs
- Gospel Artist Of The Year: Erica Campbell, Fred Hammond, Israel & New Breed, Jonathan McReynolds, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs
- Producer Of The Year: Aaron Lindsey, Ed Cash, Seth Mosley, Wayne Haun, David Garcia and Ben Glover, Joseph Prielozny and Chris Mackey
- Rap/Hip-Hop Song Of The Year: "Who You Know” by Derek Minor, “Sideways (ft. Lecrae)” by KB, “All I Need Is You” by Lecrae, “Mansion” by NF, “Volcano (ft. Jonathan Thulin)” – Andy Mineo
- Rock Song Of The Year: “Safety (ft. Stephen Christian)” by Fireflight, “Darkest Part” by Red, “Good To Be Alive” by Skillet, “Furious Love” by VERIDIA, “Dead Man” by We As Human
- Rock/Contemporary Song Of The Year: “Fireblazin” by Capital Kings, “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)” by Crowder, “Messengers (ft. for KING & COUNTRY)” by Lecrae, “Brother” by NEEDTOBREATHE, “Let It Out” by Switchfoot
- Inspirational Song Of The Year: “Ghost Town (Freedom)” by David Phelps, “This I Believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong Worship, “O Love Of God” by Laura Story, “More And More Of You” by Selah, “Christ Be All Around Me” by Michael W. Smith
- Bluegrass Song Of The Year: “Stacking Up Rocks” by Balsam Range, “Mighty To Save” by Chigger Hill Boys & Terri, “He Made The Tree” by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, “God Is There” by Lizzy Long & Rhonda Vincent, “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man (ft. Rhonda Vincent) by Volume Five
- Country Song Of The Year: “I Saw The Light” by Alabama, “I’ll Be There With You” by Doug Anderson, "Ain’t It Just Like The Lord” by Gordan Mote, “I Wanna Be There” by The Isaacs, “Sweet Jesus (ft. Merle Haggard)” by The Oak Ridge Boys
- Traditional Gospel Song Of The Year: “Fill Me Up” by Casey J, "#War” by Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, “How Awesome Is Our God (ft. Yolanda Adams)” by Israel & New Breed, “This Place” by Tamela Mann, “God My God” by VaShawn Mitchell, “Send The Rain” by William McDowell
- Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year: "Love Ran Red" by Chris Tomlin, "Neon Steeple" by Crowder, "RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG." by for KING & COUNTRY, "How Can It Be" by Lauren Daigle, "Saints and Sinners" by Matt Maher, "Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship" by Third Day
- Inspirational Album Of The Year: "Be Still and Know" by Amy Grant, "Glorious Day: Hymns of Faith" by Casting Crowns, "Above It All" by Phillips, Craig & Dean, "You Amaze Us" by Selah, "A Cappella" by The Martins
- Southern Gospel Album Of The Year: "Sometimes It Takes a Mountain" by Gaither Vocal Band, "Songs in the Key of Happy" by Goodman Revival, "Threads of Mercy" by Ivan Parker, "Pray Now" by Karen Peck & New River, "Living in Harmony" by Triumphant
- Bluegrass/Country Album Of The Year: "Angels Among Us" by Alabama, "Worship Him" by John Bowman, "Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know)" by Point of Grace, "Here’s to the Ones" by Rhett Walker Band, "Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites" by The Oak Ridge Boys
- Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album Of The Year: "Vintage Worship" by Anita Wilson, "I Will Trust" by Fred Hammond, "Graceland" by Kierra Sheard, "Journey to Freedom" by Michelle Williams, "Forever Yours" by Smokie Norful
- Traditional Gospel Album Of The Year: "Worth Fighting For" by Brian Courtney Wilson, "The Truth" by Casey J, "Any Given Sunday" by Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, "Amazing" by Rickey Dillard and New G, "Unstoppable" by VaShawn Mitchell
- Children's Music Album Of The Year: "Capitol Kids! Hits" by Capitol Kids!, "Best of Lifeway Kids Worship Volume 1" by Lifeway Kids, "Sing The Bible with Slugs & Bugs" by Randall Goodgame, "Brave" by Saddleback Kids, "25 Favorite Sing-A-Long Hymns for Kids" by Songtime Kids, "Kids" by The Hoppers
- Spanish Language Album Of The Year: "Fuego" by Esperanza de Vida, "Gloria A Dios" by Gateway Worship, "Esto Es Jesus Culture" by Jesus Culture, "Me Vistio De Promesas" by Julissa, "Como En El Cielo" by Miel San Marcos
- Christmas Album Of The Year: "Christmas" by Guy Penrod, "When Christmas Comes" by Kim Walker-Smith, "The Spirit of Christmas" by Michael W. Smith & Friends, "Motown Christmas" by Various Artists, "All Is Calm, All Is Bright" by Various Artists
- Musical Of The Year: "At The Cross (Love Ran Red)" by Bradley Knight, "The Cross Changes Everything" by Jeff Bumgardner and Joel Lindsey, "If The Grave Could Shout" by Jason Cox, "Once You’ve Seen The Star" by Belinda Smith, "We’re Glad You Came (A Musical Celebration of the Savior’s Birth)" by Jeff Bumgardner and Joel Lindsey
- Youth/Children's Musical Of The Year: "An Unplugged Christmas" by Susie Williams and Luke Gambill "David’s Dynasty" by Gina Boe, Barb Dorn, Sue C. Smith and Christopher Davis, "The Go Tour" by Jeff Slaughter and Brian Green, "God’s Not Dead (A Faith Musical For Kids)" by Dale Mathews and Dana Anderson, "Back To The Cross (A Kids Musical Adventure Through Time)" by Christy Semsen
- Choral Collection Of The Year: "Splendor Of Heaven" by Geron Davis and Tyler Brinson, "Ready To Sing Gaither Homecoming Favorites" by Russell Mauldin, "The Song of Christmas" by Phil Barfoot, Cliff Duren, Ken Barker and Craig Adams, "ONE" by Bradley Knight, "Then Sings My Soul (A Worship Service of Hymns, Scripture and Inspirational Readings For Choir, Congregation and Worship Leader)" by Cliff Duren
- Recorded Music Packaging: "After All These Years" by Andrew Peterson, "Anchor" by Colton Dixon, "Neon Steeple" by Crowder, "Anomaly" by Lecrae, "Rise" by Trip Lee
- Short Form Video Of The Year: "You Can’t Stop Me" by Andy Mineo, "Take This City" by Everfound, "Shoulders" by for KING & COUNTRY, "Dreams" by King’s Kaleidoscope, "Wake Up" by NF
- Long Form Video Of The Year: "We Will Not Be Shaken" by Bethel Music, "Wake Up the Wonder" by Elevation Worship, "No Other Name (Live at Hillsong Conference)" by Hillsong Worship, "Faithful" by Newsong "This Is Our Time" by Planetshakers
The GMA Dove Awards will feature artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music coming together to celebrate their collective impact. Dove Award nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members. Winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. The awards are produced by the GMA.
CCM Magazine will live stream the red carpet, pre-telecast and other non-broadcast show activities, including never before seen backstage access.
Tickets to the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at www.doveawards.com. Ticket prices range from $35.00 to $200.00.