Dove Award nominees announced

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Nominees for the 35th annual Dove Awards, gospel music's top awards show, were announced Feb. 10.

Nominees from the major categories are:

-- Song of the Year: "All About Love" (Steven Curtis Chapman); "Child of Mine" (Mark Schultz, Chris Eaton); "Everything to Me" (Chad Cates, Sue Smith); "Great Light of the World" (Bebo Norman); "He Reigns" (Peter Furler, Steve Taylor); "If We Are the Body" (Mark Hall); "Lord Have Mercy" (Steve Merkel); "Meant to Live" (Jonathan Foreman, Tim Foreman); "Three Wooden Crosses" (Doug Johnson, Kim Williams); and "Word of God Speak" (Pete Kipley, Bart Millard).

-- Male Vocalist: Bart Millard, David Phelps, Jeremy Camp, Mark Schultz and Steven Curtis Chapman.

-- Female Vocalist: CeCe Winans, Joy Williams, Nichole Nordeman, Rebecca St. James and Stacie Orrico.

-- Group of the Year: Jars of Clay, MercyMe, Newsboys, Switchfoot and Third Day.

-- Artist of the Year: MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Randy Travis, Stacie Orrico and Switchfoot.

-- New Artist of the Year: Across the Sky, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Kristy Starling and Todd Agnew.

-- Producer of the Year: Brown Bannister, Christopher Harris, Marc Byrd, Steve Hindalong and Steven V. Taylor.

For a complete list of the nominees in the Doves' 44 categories, visit www.doveawards.com.

"Gospel music expresses itself in many different ways and we applaud all nominated artists for their unique contributions to the gospel music landscape," John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association, said in a news release Feb. 10.

"Steven Curtis Chapman, CeCe and Third Day continue to elevate their artistry, making them perennial Dove favorites," Styll added. "At the same time, it is so great to see artists like Switchfoot and Stacie Orrico, while certainly not new to the gospel music community, have the breakout success they have experienced this year. They are all deserving of the recognition these awards are meant to show."

The 2004 Dove Awards will be April 28 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

In other music award news, Audio Adrenaline, Michael W. Smith and the late June Carter Cash were honored by the music industry with Grammy Awards Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

Audio Adrenaline took home a Grammy for Best Rock Gospel Album for "Worldwide," produced by Forefront Records. Smith received a Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for "Worship Again," produced by Reunion Records. Cash was honored with a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her song "Keep on the Sunny Side" from the album "Wildwood Flower," produced by Dualtone Music Group, and a second Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for Wildwood Flower. Cash's only son, John Carter Cash, received the awards on his mother's behalf.


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