The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA, which was streamed live at HearItFirst. Nominees were announced by GRAMMY nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan, known for his iconic hit “This is How We Do It,” BET “Lift Every Voice” host CoCo Brother, Daytime EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce, and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles.

Atlanta will host the Dove Awards for a second time at the Fox Theatre on April 19, 2012, following a sold-out show in 2011 hosted by Sherri Shepherd which aired on the Gospel Music Channel and garnered 1.5 million viewers.

The Dove Awards have featured performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, including Whitney Houston, Tim Tebow, Sherri Shepherd and Kathie Lee Gifford. It has showcased many of the nation’s leading Christian music artists, including Amy Grant, TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns, Mary Mary, Third Day and more.

“The GMA is excited to again honor the artists, songwriters and creative individuals in our community through the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards” said Jackie Patillo, GMA’s Executive Director. “This event not only celebrates great work, but provides a platform to further our mission of exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music.”

The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees include:

Artist of the Year


Lecrae

Others include:
Casting Crowns
Jason Crabb
Laura Story
The Isaacs

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year


Lecrae “Hallelujah” – Reach Records

Jayess “Intoxicated” – Zoe Records

Group 1 Crew “Please Don’t Let Me Go” – Fervent Records


Tedashii “Riot” – Reach Records


Lecrae “The Overdose” – Reach Records

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year


Tedashii ‘Blacklight’ – Reach Records


FLAME ‘Captured’ – Clear Sight Music


Jai ‘Culture Shock’


Lecrae ‘Rehab: The Overdose’ – Reach Records


DA’ T.R.U.T.H. ‘The Whole Truth’ – Xist Music

Urban Recorded Song of the Year

Song Title; Album Title; Artist; Songwriter/Director; Producer; Record Label
FLAME “All I Need” feat. Chris Lee
Canton Jones “Windows”

Others include: Martha Munizzi “Make It Loud”
Deborah “Sovereign King”
Kim Burrell “Sweeter”