NASHVILLE Worship leader and songwriter Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman lead the list of nominees for this year's Dove Awards, which honor Christian music's top artists.
The awards show is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Nashville's Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University and will be broadcast Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern on the UP television network (originally the Gospel Music Channel).
Jackie Patillo, executive director of the Gospel Music Association, said the Dove Awards celebrate "the impact of all genres of gospel music, recognizing talent, ministry and outstanding performances. The excitement and energy of the Dove Awards show is something we all look forward to and this year will prove to be better than ever."
In the Aug. 21 announcement of nominees for the 44th annual awards, Tomlin was listed for artist of the year, song of the year, praise and worship song of the year, pop/contemporary album of the year, special event album of the year and praise and worship album of the year.
Following is a list of nominees for some of the top awards:
SONG OF THE YEAR:
• "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" (Matt Redman)
• "All I Can Do (Thank You)" (Mikeschair)
• "Break Every Chain" (Tasha Cobbs)
• "Forgiveness" (Matthew West)
• "From My Rags to His Riches" (Devin McGlamery)
• "Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored" (Gaither Vocal Band)
• "Hold On" (Canton Junction)
• "I'm Learning" (Aaron and Amanda Crabb)
• "Live Like That" (Sidewalk Prophets)
• "Need You Now (How Many Times)" (Plumb)
• "Not For a Moment (After All)" (Meredith Andrews)
• "One Thing Remains" (Kristian Stanfill)
• "Redeemed" (Big Daddy Weave)
• "Sometimes I Wonder" (Ernie Haase and Signature Sound)
• "Take Him to the Place" (Aaron and Amanda Crabb)
• "Take Me to the King" (Tamela Mann)
• "The Proof of Your Love" (for King and Country)
• "What the Blood is For" (Jason Crabb)
• "Where I Belong" (Building 429)
• "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" (Chris Tomlin)
• "Why Can't We" (The Isaacs)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:
Ben Glover, Benji Cowart, Matt Redman, Toby McKeehan, Wayne Haun.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Chris Tomlin, Francesca Battistelli, Lecrae, Tamela Mann, TobyMac.
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Capital Kings, Colton Dixon, for King and Country, Rhett Walker Band, Tasha Cobbs.