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Gospel's biggest night gets bigger

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Photo by Rick Diamond

The GMA Dove Awards are often referred to as “Gospel’s Biggest Night” and this year the award show is only getting bigger. Earlier today, in a press release, the Gospel Music Association announced that for the 45th annual Dove awards the shows broadcast will be moving from UP TV (formerly The Gospel Music Channel) to The Trinity Broadcasting Network (also known as TBN). TBN is currently the world's largest faith-and family television group, so by making this switch, this year the GMA Dove awards will be broadcast to over 100 million US homes, in addition to receiving Global distribution.

During a press conference earlier this morning, held at Lipscomb University, nominees for the 20 of the 42 award categories were announced.

Nominees for 6 of the top categories include:

Song of the Year
“Fix My Eyes” - for KING & COUNTRY
“Hello My Name Is” - Matthew West
“Hurricane” – Natalie Grant
“I Can Trust Him” – The Perrys
“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher
“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED
“Overcomer” – Mandisa
“Revival” – Karen Peck and New River
“Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance
“That’s Why” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Artist of the Year
Casting Crowns
Hillsong UNITED
Lecrae
Mandisa
NEEDTOBREATHE
Switchfoot

New Artist of the Year
1 Girl Nation
Andy Mineo
Ellie Holcomb
Hillsong Young & Free
Love & The Outcome

Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year
Fix My Eyes - for KING & COUNTRY
Hurricane - Natalie Grant
Lord I Need You - Matt Maher
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong UNITED
Overcomer – Mandisa

Southern Gospel Performance of the Year
Love Is Stronger - Jason Crabb
Revival - Karen Peck and New River
Say Amen - Brian Free & Assurance
Search Me O God - Cathedrals Family Reunion
That's Why - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Gospel Performance of the Year
Every Praise - Hezekiah Walker
Help (feat. Lecrae) - Erica Campbell
I Can Only Imagine - Tamela Mann
I Love The Lord - Natalie Grant
If He Did It Before...Same God - Tye Tribbett

A full list of nominees can be found at http://www.doveawards.com/nominees/

The awards show will take place at at 6:30pm CT on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Voting for the final winners starts on August 26th and ends on September 9th.

Tickets to the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale and can be purchased at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or online at www.ticketsnashville.com.