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Nominees announced for fan-voted Christian music awards Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Friday, 03 May 2013 01:00 AM America/New_York

TobyMac and Newsboys have received three nominations each for the first fan-voted awards show in Christian music history. The K-LOVE Fan Awards show will be held June 1 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Fans can vote through May 31 for nominees at or on Facebook in categories "celebrating artists, athletes, authors and entertainers who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ," organizers said.

TobyMac garnered nominations for "Me Without You" for Song of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year. Newsboys also received nominations for "God's Not Dead (Like a Lion)" for Song of the Year and Artist of the Year, as well as Group/Duo of the Year.

Other Song of the Year nominees were "Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weave; "Where I Belong" by Building 429; "10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman; and "Whom Shall I Fear" by Chris Tomlin.

Along with TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West and received Tomlin nominations for Male Artist of the Year. Female Male Artist of the Year nominations went to Francesca Battistelli, Kari Jobe, Laura Story, Mandisa? and Natalie Grant.

Along with Newsboys, Group/Duo of the Year nominees included Casting Crowns, MercyMe?, Tenth Avenue North and Third Day. Breakthrough Artist of the Year nominations went to Building 429?, Laura Story,? For King & Country, Sidewalk Prophets and Plumb. In addition to TobyMac and Newsboys, Casting Crowns, MercyMe? and Third Day received nominations for Artist of the Year.

In the Movie Impact category, the nominees were Courageous (Alex Kendrick); The Grace Card (David Evans); October Baby (Jon Erwin); and Monumental (Kirk Cameron). Book Impact nominees will be announced at a later date. There will also be a Sports Impact Award.

The award show, part of The Ultimate Fan Experience: K-LOVE Fan Awards, to be held May 31-June 2 in Nashville, will be hosted by Phil and Kay Robertson and Jase and Missy Robertson, stars of A&E TV's popular show Duck Dynasty.

Nominees were determined by K-LOVE with consideration given to airplay, spins, impact and overall performance. K-LOVE is a leading Christian radio network with a weekly audience of more than 13 million listeners.

Visit for a complete list of nominees.