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Some of the Dove Award nominees
Some of the Dove Award nominees (Courtesy)

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The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the nominees for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, Oct. 22, reaching over 100 million viewers in the U.S., plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run Aug. 21 through Aug. 28.
 
Zach Williams and Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations with five, followed by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE with four nods each. Top nominated writer/producer Wayne Haun scored six nods, and Bernie Herms and David Garcia have five nods each. View the full list of nominees here.
 
"I'm thrilled to celebrate another year of Dove Awards nominations!" GMA President Jackie Patillo stated. "Our artists and creatives sacrifice year-round to share their sound with the world. Our theme this year is Sound the Remedy; we believe the message of gospel and Christian music offers God's remedy to the world."
 
The GMA Dove Awards celebrates the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/gospel music. Nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. For more information or to purchase tickets to the show, visit www.doveawards.com.
 
The nominees in the following categories were revealed on Facebook Live today:
 
Artist of the Year
 
Chris Tomlin, sixsteprecords/Sparrow Records
 
for KING & COUNTRY, Word Entertainment
 
Hillsong United, Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow Records
 
MercyMe, Fair Trade Services
 
tobyMac, ForeFront Records 
 
Song of the Year
 
"Chain Breaker" – (writers) Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, Zach Williams
 
"Come Alive (Dry Bones)" – (writers) Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren
 
"Even If" – (writers) Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis, David Garcia, Tim Timmons
 
"Eye of The Storm" – (writers) Bryan Fowler, Ryan Stevenson
 
"Feel Invincible" – (writers) John Cooper, Seth Mosley
 
"Great Are You Lord" – (writers) David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan
 
"King of The World" – (writers) Sam Mizell, Becca Mizell, Natalie Grant
 
"O Come to the Altar" – (writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
 
"The Lion & the Lamb" – (writers) Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring
 
"Thy Will" – (writers) Bernie Herms, Emily Lynn Weisband, Hillary Scott
 
"What a Beautiful Name" – (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood
 
Worship Song of the Year
 
"Ever Be" – (writers) Bobby Strand, Chris Greely, Gabriel Wilson, Kalley Heiligenthal
 
"Fierce" – (writers) Chris Quilala, Joshua Silverberg, Mia Fieldes
 
"O Come to the Altar" – (writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
 
"The Lion & the Lamb" – (writers) Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring
 
"What a Beautiful Name" – (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood
 
Contemporary Gospel/Urban Worship Album of the Year
 
Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans
 
Worship Journal Live – Fred Hammond
 
One Way – Tamela Mann
 
Secret Place – Vashawn Mitchell
 
Demonstrate – William Murphy
 
New Artist of the Year
 
Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot Records
 
Micah Tyler, Fair Trade Services
 
Social Club Misfits, Capitol CMG Label Group
 
Steven Malcolm, Word Entertainment
 
Zach Williams, Provident Label Group
 
Gospel Artist of The Year
 
CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel
 
Kirk Franklin, Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Inspiration
 
Tamela Mann, TillyMann Music Group
 
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
 
Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
 
Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year
 
"Don't Give Up On Me" – Bradley Walker
 
"Little White Church House" – Doug Anderson
 
"When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace" – The Nelons
 
"Back to God" – Reba McEntire
 
"Rocks" – The Isaacs
 
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
 
The Very Next Thing – Casting Crowns
 
Rise – Danny Gokey
 
The River – Jordan Feliz
 
Lifer – MercyMe
 
Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
 
Inspirational Film of the Year
 
Ben Hur – (producers) LightWorkers Media, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sean Daniel Company
 
The Case For Christ – (producers) Triple Horse Studios, Pure Flix Entertainment
 
I'm Not Ashamed – (producers) Visible Pictures, Big Film Factory, Pure Flix Entertainment
 
Priceless – (producer) Roadside Attractions
 
The Shack – (producers) Netter Productions, Summit Entertainment

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