WORD ENTERTAINMENT RECEIVES 49 DOVE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Word Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s Christian division now in its 62nd year, is celebrating their 49 nominations for this year’s 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. With the collaborative accomplishments of Word Entertainment entities, including Word Distribution, Word Label Group, Word Music Publishing, Word Print and Word Films, the company continues to be a reigning force in the industry. Among the 49 nominations, Aussie duo for KING & COUNTRY lead the pack with seven, followed by Big Daddy Weave with four nods and Francesca Battistelli with three.

“I am so proud of our entire Word Entertainment family and everyone who contributed their passion, creativity and hard work to make these nominations possible,” said Rod Riley, President and CEO of Word Entertainment. “These nominations are a wonderful recognition of the meaningful impact that our artists, songwriters and filmmakers have had this past year. Additionally, I am looking forward to having the Dove Awards back in Nashville this year so we can come together as a community and celebrate the best in Christian entertainment.”

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on October 15 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, at 7:30pm CT. The show will be broadcast on the UP! Television Network on October 21 at 8pm ET.

Word Label Group / Word Music Publishing Dove Awards Finalists
• Song of the Year: “Live Like That” – Sidewalk Prophets
• Song of the Year: “Not For a Moment (After All)” – Meredith Andrews
• Song of the Year: “Redeemed” – Big Daddy Weave
• Song of the Year: “The Proof of Your Love” – for KING & COUNTRY
• Songwriter of the Year: Benji Cowart
• Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: “Redeemed” – Big Daddy Weave
• Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: “The Proof of Your Love” – for KING & COUNTRY
• Artist of the Year: Francesca Battistelli
• New Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
• Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: “Caught Dreaming” – Andy Mineo (feat. for KING & COUNTRY)
• Rap / Hip Hop Song of the Year: “Dangerous” – Group 1 Crew
• Rock Song of the Year: “Sick of It” – Skillet
• Rock Song of the Year: “Strike Back” – We As Human
• Rock / Contemporary Song of the Year: “Afterlife” – Switchfoot
• Rock / Contemporary Song of the Year: “Keep Your Eyes Open” – NEEDTOBREATHE
• Pop / Contemporary Song of the Year: “Redeemed” – Big Daddy Weave
• Pop / Contemporary Song of the Year: “The Proof of Your Love” – for KING & COUNTRY
• Praise & Worship Song of the Year: “Redeemed” – Big Daddy Weave
• Pop / Contemporary Album of the Year: Crave – for KING & COUNTRY
• Country Album of the Year: A Thousand Little Things – Point of Grace
• Children’s Music Album of the Year: Look Up – Gateway Next (Anna Byrd, Dara Maclean, Kiley Stephenson, Josh Coad, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Grace Kane, Matt Birkenfeld, Joshua Fewell, Valerie Hayes and Clay Collins)
• Christmas Album of the Year: Christmas – Francesca Battistelli
• Praise & Worship Album of the Year: Worth It All – Meredith Andrews
• Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Christmas – Francesca Battistelli
• Short Form Video of the Year: “Keep Your Eyes Open” – NEEDTOBREATHE
• Short Form Video of the Year: “The Proof of Your Love” – for KING & COUNTRY

Word Print Dove Awards Finalists
• Musical of the Year: Changed by a Baby Boy – (arranger) Lari Gross
• Musical of the Year: Grace – (arranger) Travis Cottrell
• Musical of the Year: The Story – (creators) Nichole Nordeman, Bernie Herms, David Hamilton
• Youth / Children’s Musical of the Year: Spend Awhile on the Nile – (creators) Christy Semsen, Daniel Semsen
• Youth / Children’s Musical of the Year: The Secret of Snowflake County - (creators) Christy Semsen, Daniel Semsen
• Youth / Children’s Musical of the Year: The Star Factor - (creators) Christy Semsen, Daniel Semsen
• Choral Collection of the Year: A Merry Clydesdale Christmas – (arranger) David T. Clydesdale
• Choral Collection of the Year: Season of Joy – (creators) Daniel Semsen, Deborah-Craig-Claar

Word Distributed Label Dove Awards Finalists
• Song of the Year: “All I Can Do (Thank You)” – MIKESCHAIR (Curb Records)
• Song of the Year: “Need You Now (How Many Times)” – Plumb (Curb Records)
• Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: “Need You Now (How Many Times)” – Plumb (Curb Records)
• Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: “Stubborn (Psalm 15)” – Michael English (Curb Records)
• Pop / Contemporary Song of the Year: “All I Can Do (Thank You)” – MIKESCHAIR (Curb Records
• Pop / Contemporary Song of the Year: “Need You Now (How Many Times)” – Plumb (Curb Records)
• Inspirational Song of the Year: “It Must Be You (Moses)” – Selah (Curb Records)
• Inspirational Song of the Year: “The Other Side” – No Other Name (Curb Records)
• Inspirational Song of the Year: “Stubborn (Psalm 15)” – Michael English (Curb Records)
• Inspirational Song of the Year: “Beautiful Things” – Gungor (Brash Music)
• Pop / Contemporary Album of the Year: Need You Now – Plumb (Curb Records)
• Pop / Contemporary Album of the Year: OBB – OBB (Curb Records), (producer) Justin Ebach
• Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Some People Change – Michael English (Curb Records)
• Contemporary Gospel / Urban Album of the Year: Anthony Brown & group therapy (Tyscott Records)
• Inspirational Film of the Year: “MONUMENTAL: In Search of America’s National Treasure” – (director) Duane Barnhart, (producers) Duane Barnhart, Kirk Cameron, Angela Alvarez

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