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45th Annual GMA Dove Award Nominations

The nominees have been announced for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards, taking place Tuesday, October 7th at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. The goal of the awards is to expose, promote and celebrate the gospel through music, and this year's ceremony is shaping up to do just that.

Writer and producer Wayne Haun leads the way with nominations in ten different categories, including major category Producer of the Year. Hillsong United, Lecrae, Mandisa and Matt Maher are all nominated for five awards each. 

Hillsong is up for awards in major categories Song of the Year (Oceans), Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year (Oceans),                                                                                        and Worship Song of the Year (again, Oceans). 

Lecrae is a favorite to win Artist of the Year, and is up for collaborations on Gospel Song of the Year "Help" by Erica Campbell, Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year, and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year.

Along with Lecrae and Hillsong United, Mandisa is up for Artist of the Year, as well as Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Short Form Video of the Year, and Song of the Year for her song "Overcomer".

Finally, Matt Maher is also nominated for Song of the Year, Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Inspirational Song of the Year, and Worship Song of the Year.

The Awards will be hosted by Lecrae, fresh off his #1 Billboard Top 200 release Anomaly. Lecrae will be joined by MercyMe frontman Bart Millard, and both hosts will also perform throughout the night. Watch for more performances from Mandisa, for King and Country, and a handful of other nominees including Amy Grant, Kari Jobe and Hezekiah Walker.

For a full list of nominations, performers and presenters, visit

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