TobyMac and Chris Tomlin led the pack

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Posted: Tue, 03/15/2011 - 22:39 — admin

TobyMac and Chris Tomlin led the pack with six Dove Award nominations each at the 2011 press conference held at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. 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.

Bishop Paul S. Morton, official chaplain for this year’s Dove events, opened the ceremony in prayer for more than 100 industry executives, journalists and artists in attendance. Gospel Music Association (GMA) chairman of the board Ed Leonard followed, thanking the Fox Theater for being a gracious host.

“Congratulations to all the nominees of the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards,” Leonard said. “Your immense talents and heart for ministry are cause for honor and celebration. The excitement and energy of the Dove Awards at the Fox Theatre is something we are all looking forward to.”

This year’s performance schedule is in the works and will be announced shortly.

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