Doves 2011: Who Got the Nod?
Pictured: (Left-Right) Front Row Carlos Whittaker, Sisters' Heather Ruppe Day, Sisters' Kim Ruppe Ward, Francesca Battistelli, Sisters' Valerie Ruppe, Third Day's Mac Powell and Bishop Paul Morton. Back Row LeCrae, Mandisa, GMA Chairman and President of the board Ed Leonard, David Carr, Tai Anderson and Mark Lee from Third Day.
Editor's Note: Story originally ran in newsletter incorrectly stating that Chris August and Jason Crabb led in total nominations with five each. TobyMac and Chris Tomlin in fact lead all artists with six nominations each. Corrected story is below.
Atlanta – February 16, 2011 – Diversity ruled the day at the 2011 press conference held at Atlanta’s Fox Theater, as TobyMac and Chris Tomlin led the pack with six Dove Award nominations each. 2011 marks the first time in 42 years the historic venue has hosted the event. Chris August and Jason Crabb followed close behind, each getting a nod in five artist categories, with Marvin Sapp, Francesca Battistelli, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and MIKESCHAIR each receiving four. Female Vocalist and Artist of the Year nominee Battistelli, along with Mandisa, Third Day, hip hop frontrunner Lecrae and worship artist Carlos Whittaker, were on hand to announce select categories. Click HERE to see the full list.
“We are humbled and blown away by this kind of recognition,” said Jason Crabb. “Two of the songs nominated are tunes that my band and I brought to life as a team in the studio, and that is exciting for us. We love the variety of what we do, and to be celebrated in this way by the GMA is an honor. I am very thankful for the team that we have that has helped us plant seeds, water them and watch them grow; and this wouldn’t be possible without wonderful fans. We thank them for letting us be who we are.”
Fans will once again be able to cast their votes online in two major categories, “Artist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year.” Voting opens Friday, February 18 and will be available at watchgmctv.com/doves.
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