Michael W. Smith leads the Dove nominations with eight individual nominations. Casting Crowns follows with seven nominations and lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall adds six individual nominations of his own. The Crabb Family also nabbed six nominations while the group’s patriarch, Gerald Crabb, earned six nominations for his prolific songwriting.
Switchfoot’s nominations totaled five and frontman Jonathan Foreman added another three of his own; and in the reverse, Israel Houghton earned five Dove nominations with his group Israel & New Breed receiving two nominations. MercyMe and Matthew West round out the leading nominee list with five each. Artists with four nominations include Steven Curtis Chapman, BarlowGirl, Selah, Jeremy Camp, Martha Munizzi, Martin Smith, Joe Pace, Sanctus Real, J Moss and Matt Redman.
The five artists nominated by GMA members for Artist of the Year are Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Selah, Michael W. Smith and Switchfoot. Male Vocalist of the Year nominees are Jeremy Camp, Jason Crabb, Mark Hall, Israel Houghton and Fernando Ortega. Bethany Dillon, Natalie Grant, Nicole C. Mullen, Christy Nockels and Joy Williams are nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year Category. Artists up for Group of the Year are Casting Crowns, The Crabb Family, MercyMe, Selah and Switchfoot. The New Artist of the Year nominees BarlowGirl, Building 429, Day of Fire, Bethany Dillon and Matthew West all prove to be strong contenders with multiple nominations in other categories.
“This year’s slate of Dove nominees once again demonstrates that gospel knows no musical boundaries. The nominees share a common faith, while their music is expressed in many diverse ways. It’s great to see Southern Gospel, Urban, Rock, Pop and Worship artists all earning recognition through the nominations and it will make the GMA Music Awards show one amazing night of music,” said John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA).
George Huff, Israel Houghton and Natalie Grant announced the Dove Award nominations on the 7th at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville. The Doves will be handed out in 44 categories on April 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Founded in 1964, the 4,500-member Gospel Music Association is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music. The GMA represents all styles of gospel music including contemporary pop, rock, urban gospel, praise & worship, Southern gospel, country and children’s gospel music. The GMA produces the GMA Music Awards program, which recognizes achievement in all genres of gospel music.
36th Annual Dove Awards Polls
- Artist of the Year
- Bluegrass Album of the Year
- Bluegrass Song of the Year
- Choral Collection of the Year
- Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year
- Country Album of the Year
- Country Song of the Year
- Female Vocalist of the Year
- Group of the Year
- Inspirational Song of the Year
- Instrumental Album of the Year
- Male Vocalist of the Year
- Pop Contemporary Album of the Year
- Pop Contemporary Song of the Year
- Rock Album of the Year
- Rock Contemporary Song of the Year
- Rock Song of the Year
- Southern Gospel Album of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Spanish Album of the Year
- Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
- Traditional Gospel Song of the Year
- Worship Song of the Year