- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) - Singer Jason Crabb has earned eight nominations for the Dove Awards, the gospel and Christian music show that will be held in Atlanta for the second year in a row.

Laura Story drew the second-most with six nominations and rapper LaCrae got five nods for the 43rd annual show, which will take place on April 19. Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant and Jamie Grace each received four.

Crabb, who is up for best male vocalist, will also compete for artist of the year against Casting Crowns, Laura Story, LaCrae and The Issacs.

Last year, more than 1.5 million viewed the awards show, which aired on GMC, formerly known as the Gospel Music Channel.

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