TobyMac, Chris Tomlin lead Dove Awards nominations
February 17th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

TobyMac, Chris Tomlin lead Dove Awards nominations

Christian music singers TobyMac and Chris Tomlin each received six nods when the Gospel Music Association announced the nominees for the Dove Awards at a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Both TobyMac (pictured) and Tomlin were nominated for artist of the year and song of the year.

A full list of the nominees is available at www.gospelmusic.org

Gospel music singer Jason Crabb picked up five nominations while Christian singer Francesca Battistelli garnered four.

Battistelli, the 2010 female vocalist of the year, said she was a little nervous when the names were read off in that category again but she has convinced herself to not expect honors one way or the other.

Two years ago she had received five nominations. Her friends all told her she was destined to win, she said. But she didn't so she decided to not worry about awards.

"And I was pleasantly surprised last year, and I was pleasantly surprised this year," she said.

Battistelli said she hasn't been told if she'll perform at the award show, but would love to and wouldn't mind doing a song with another performer. Asked who she'd like to do collaboration with, she picked TobyMac.

Rapper Lecrae, nominated for hip-hop album and song of the year, was also a little surprised to hear his name despite the success of the CD "Rehab."

"It really was [a surprise]," he said. "Everyone says we don't do it for the recognition, but I think even myself, my label mate Trip Lee, we see ourselves as leading as kinda leading an underground contingent so just to be acknowledged is like, wow, that's encouraging."

Lecrae indicated that he'll be performing on the show, scheduled for April 20 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

"We'll see, we'll see; you'll have to tune in," he said, with a wry smile.

This is the first year since 1970 that the Dove Awards will be held outside of Nashville. Gospel Music Channel will telecast the awards at 7 p.m. on April 24, Easter.

- Producer/Writer

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. tallulah13

    I really don't like entertainment award shows. Any of them. It's just self-congratulations. You've already sold so many CDs/Downloads/Movie Tickets, etc. Why do you need a trophy?

    February 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  2. Mbass

    It's amazing what people say when they have no idea of what they are talking about!
    Always nothing worth hearing!

    February 18, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  3. Jimbob

    these tards are very gifted.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  4. James MacWhorter

    The Dove awards are the Special Olympics of music.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      If you hate African Americans you say the same about the B.E.T. awards.
      If you hate white southerners you would say the same about the C.M.T. Awards.

      ecch.... easy to find some group to hate.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • TheRationale

      Lol nice

      February 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  5. Doc Vestibule

    As pointed out in Southpark, to write Christian music all one needs to do is replace all of the "baby"s, "darlins" etc in contemporary pop music with "Jesus".
    To wit: "Don't ever leave me Jesus, I couldn't stand to see you go/My heart would simply snap my wound if you walk on out that door/I promise I'll be good to you, keep you warm at night./Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, why don't we just shut off the lights."

    February 17, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • jeff

      don't quit your day job

      February 17, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • pete

      are you quoting the young canuck?

      February 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • David Johnson

      The part about "shutting off the lights", blew me away, when I first saw that episode.

      Cheers to you!

      February 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  6. Reality

    Suggested lyrics for their next song:

    Alleluia !!!! From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."- Alleluia!!!

    "Heaven is a Spirit state" as per JPII and Aquinas i.e. there can be no bodies. i.e. there was and never will be any physical resurrection/ascension of human bodies."- Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!!!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 11:42 am |
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