Jason Crabb nominated for 8 awards
Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 8:00 pm
By: By The Associated Press
The Messenger 02.24.12
ATLANTA (AP) — Singer Jason Crabb grabbed eight nominations for the Dove Awards, leading the way for the gospel and Christian music show to be held in Atlanta for a second year.
Laura Story had six nominations and rapper LaCrae got five nods for the show, which will take place April 19 at the Fox Theatre.
Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant and Jamie Grace each received four nominations.
Franklin, who recently collected two Grammys and two NAACP Image Awards, hasn’t won a Dove Award since 2007. He’ll seek his first male vocalist of the year with Crabb, Christ August, Chris Tomlin and Steven Curtis Chapman.
Crabb will also compete for artist of the year against Casting Crowns, Story, LaCrae and The Issacs.
One singer absent in the artist of the year category is Francesca Battistelli, who won the award last year. She is looking for her third straight female vocalist of the year against Mandisa, Kari Jobe, Story and Grant, who previously won the award four years straight before Battistelli.
The Dove Awards held its first show in Atlanta last year after being held in Tennessee for more than four decades.