David Crowder*Band has been nominated in the Group of the Year category for the 43rd Annual Dove Awards.

Nominations for the 2012 Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards were announced this morning at 11:00 at the Georgia Terrace Hotel in Nashville. Announced by R & B artist Montell Jordan, Gotee Records artist Jamie-Grace, Daytime Emmy-nominated comedienne Chonda Pierce and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles, the press conference was streamed live on HearItFirst.

Nominees for the main categories include:

Artist of the Year

Casting Crowns

LeCrae

The Issacs

Jason Crabb

Laura Story

Male Vocalist of the Year

Chris August

Chris Tomlin

Jason Crabb

Steven Curtis Chapman

Kirk Franklin

Female Vocalist of the Year

Francesca Battistelli

Kari Jobe

Mandisa

Natalie Grant

Laura Story

Group of the Year

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The Isaacs

Gaither Vocal Band

David Crowder* Band

Casting Crowns

New Artist of the Year

Beyond the Ashes

Dara Maclean

Jamie Grace

Royal Tailor

The City Harmonic

Song of the Year

Alive, Natalie Grant

Blessings, Laura Story

Celebrate Me Home, Perrys

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me), Casting Crowns

Hold Me, Jamie Grace

I Smile, Kirk Franklin

I’ve Been Here Before, Ernie Haas and Signature Sound

Please Forgive Me, Gaither Vocal Band

Who Am I, Jason Crabb

The 43rd Annual Dove Awards will return to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 19, 2012. Last year’s show was emceed by Sherri Shepherd of ABC’s The View. This year’s host has yet to be announced. A full list of nominations can be found on the Gospel Music Association’s website.