The nominees for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced in Nashville, Tenn., this morning. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) held a press conference on the campus of Lipscomb University, officially kicking off Dove season by announcing nominees in several key categories. Lecrae leads this year’s nominations with an impressive seven nods. for KING & COUNTRY follows with five nominations; and Crowder, Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher all round out the leader board with four nominations each.

Anchored around the theme of “Better Together,” this morning’s press conference provided a small glimpse into the global impact Christian and Gospel music is making around the world. While Audio Adrenaline, Colton Dixon, Joseph Habedank, Casey J and RED were all on-hand to present nominees in-person, attendees (and those watching via live stream) also heard from numerous artists, including Hillsong Young & Free and Planetshakers, via video from their respective homelands.

Last year’s Performance of the Year categories have been replaced by genre-specific Artist of the Year categories (Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year, Southern Gospel Artist of the Year, Gospel Artist of the Year). Nominees for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (Artist)/Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist)–also a new distinction–will be announced in the coming weeks. The winners will be voted on exclusively by GMA’s 2,500-plus membership.

The 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will broadcast the awards show the following Sunday, Oct. 18.

A select listing of nominees are below. For a full list of nominees in all 41 categories, visit www.doveawards.com/nominees.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Kari Jobe
  • Lecrae
  • MercyMe

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • About A Mile
  • Danny Gokey
  • I Am They
  • Lauren Daigle
  • NF

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Chris Tomlin
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Hillsong UNITED
  • Lecrae
  • MercyMe

ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Safety (ft. Stephen Christian),” Fireflight
  • “Darkest Part,” RED
  • “Good To Be Alive,” Skillet
  • “Furious Love,” VERIDIA
  • “Dead Man,” We As Human

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Fireblazin,” Capital Kings
  • “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains),” Crowder
  • “Messengers (ft. for KING & COUNTRY),” Lecrae
  • “Brother,” NEEDTOBREATHE
  • “Let It Out,” Switchfoot

POP/CONTEMPORARY SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Come As You Are,” Crowder
  • “Shoulders,” for KING & COUNTRY
  • “Touch The Sky,” Hillsong UNITED
  • “How Can It Be,” Lauren Daigle
  • “We Believe,” Newsboys
  • “Soul On Fire,” Third Day

WORSHIP SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Great Are You Lord,” All Sons & Daughters
  • “Holy Spirit,” Francesca Battistelli
  • “Forever (We Sing Hallelujah),” Kari Jobe
  • “Because He Lives (Amen),” Matt Maher
  • “This Is Amazing Grace,” Phil Wickham

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Lowborn, Anberlin
  • Attack, Disciple
  • Fight The Silence, For Today
  • of Beauty and Rage, RED
  • Oxygen:INHALE, Thousand Foot Krutch

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Anchor, Colton Dixon
  • The Borderland Sessions, John Mark McMillan
  • Live From The Woods, NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Invader, Rapture Ruckus
  • The Edge of the Earth (EP), Switchfoot

POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Love Ran Red, Chris Tomlin
  • Neon Steeple, Crowder
  • Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong., for KING & COUNTRY
  • How Can It Be, Lauren Daigle
  • Saints & Sinners, Matt Maher
  • Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship, Third Day

WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • All Sons & Daughters, All Sons & Daughters
  • We Will Not Be Shaken, Bethel Music
  • Love Ran Red, Chris Tomlin
  • No Other Name, Hillsong Worship
  • Even So Come, Passion