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For 50 years, the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards have honored outstanding achievements of Christian and Gospel music artists nationwide. Nominations were announced Wednesday for this year’s awards, which will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

Many artists that Premier Productions and Premier Festivals have hosted and promoted on tours, festivals and concerts are in the running for awards this year, including Lauren Daigle, Casting Crowns,  Hillsong UNITED,  Hillsong Worship, Hillsong Young & Free, Rend Collective, TobyMac, for KING & COUNTRY, Zach Williams, Gaither Vocal Band, Danny Gokey, Koryn Hawthorne, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene,  Jonathan McReynolds,  Tauren Wells, Bethel Music artists such as Phil Wickham, Brian Johnson, Jonathan David Hesler and Melissa Hesler; Crowder, Francesca Battistelli, MercyMe, NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, Mr. Talkbox, and more!

Here are a few of the categories and who is in the running:

Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: Hillsong UNITED, Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, TobyMac, and Zach Williams.
Southern Gospel Artist of the Year: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, Joseph Habedank, and Karen Peck & New River.
Gospel Artist of the Year: Jekalyn Carr, Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, and Travis Greene.
Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY, Hillsong UNITED, Lauren Daigle, MercyMe, and TobyMac.
New Artist of the Year: Aaron Cole, Austin French, Josh Baldwin, Kelontae Gavin, and Riley Clemmons.

The Dove Awards celebrate Christian music’s rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more! For all the nominations, for more information and how to purchase tickets to the awards ceremony, go to the GMA Dove Awards home page: http://doveawards.com/