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For King & Country, Francesca Battistelli, Needtobreathe, Switchfoot Among Top Dove Awards Nominees

For King & Country, Francesca Battistelli, Needtobreathe, Switchfoot Among Top Dove Awards Nominees
Word Entertainment receives 33 nominations for the 46th annual Dove Awards, to be held Oct. 13

Nashville, TN – Word Entertainment recording acts for KING & COUNTRY and Francesca Battistelli are nominated for top honor Artist of the Year at the 46th annual Dove Awards as Warner Music Group’s Christian music arm received 33 nominations Wednesday.

“I could not be more proud of our Dove Awards nominees,” said Rod Riley, President and CEO of Word Entertainment. “The multiple nominations we received across different categories are a strong reflection of the amazing artists and talented team here at Word Entertainment.”

for KING & COUNTRY, the Australian duo of Joel and Luke Smallbone, received six nominations, the second most among all nominees. The Fervent Records duo also received nominations for Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and Short Form Video of the Year for “Shoulders,” Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., and Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year for their feature on top nominee Lecrae’s “Messengers.”

“The Dove Awards continue to unite a community of creatives whose sole purpose is to offer hope through the arts. To stand alongside these diverse artists is a privilege worth celebrating. We truly are #bettertogether,” the Smallbones said, echoing this year’s Dove Awards theme.

Along with Artist of the Year, Fervent Records’ Francesca Battistelli was nominated for Worship Song of the Year for “Holy Spirit.” The song was the fastest rising No. 1 of her career, reaching the top of the charts in just 13 weeks.

“What an honor to be named among some of my favorite artists in the Artist of the Year category, and to be up for Worship Song of the Year is truly amazing,” Battistelli said. “Bryan and Katie Torwalt wrote such an incredible song, and I’m honored to sing it.”

NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot received two nominations each in the Rock/Contemporary Album and Song of the Year categories and Curb Records’ Selah had nominations in the Inspirational Song and Album of the Year categories. Casey J also received two nominations, for Traditional Gospel Album and Traditional Gospel Song of the Year.

Other Word acts nominated included Skillet in the Rock Song of the Year category, Everfound in the Short Form Video category, VERIDIA and We As Human in Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year, About A Mile in the New Artist of the Year category, and Point of Grace for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year.

A complete list of Word Entertainment nominations for the 46th annual Dove Awards:

Word Label Group
Artist of the Year: Francesca Battistelli
Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year: Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know), Point of Grace
Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
New Artist of the Year: About A Mile
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG.
Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Shoulders”
Rock Song of the Year: “Good To Be Alive,” Skillet (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock Song of the Year: “Furious Love,” VERIDIA
Rock Song of the Year: “Dead Man,” We As Human (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: “Live from The Woods,” NEEDTOBREATHE (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: The Edge of the Earth, Switchfoot (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Let It Out,” Switchfoot (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Messengers,” Lecrae feat. for KING & COUNTRY
Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Brother,” NEEDTOBREATHE (Atlantic Records / Word)
Short Form Video of the Year, “Take This City,” Everfound
Short Form Video of the Year: “Shoulders,” for KING & COUNTRY
Worship Song of the Year: “Holy Spirit,” Francesca Battistelli

Word Distribution
Artist of the Year: Francesca Battistelli
Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year: Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know), Point of Grace
Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
New Artist of the Year: About A Mile
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG.
Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Shoulders”
Rock Song of the Year: “Good To Be Alive,” Skillet (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock Song of the Year: “Furious Love,” VERIDIA
Rock Song of the Year: “Dead Man,” We As Human (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: “Live from The Woods,” NEEDTOBREATHE (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: The Edge of the Earth, Switchfoot (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Let It Out,” Switchfoot (Atlantic Records / Word)
Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Messengers,” Lecrae feat. for KING & COUNTRY
Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year: “Brother,” NEEDTOBREATHE (Atlantic Records / Word)
Short Form Video of the Year, “Take This City,” Everfound
Short Form Video of the Year: “Shoulders,” for KING & COUNTRY
Worship Song of the Year: “Holy Spirit,” Francesca Battistelli
Inspirational Album of the Year: You Amaze Us, Selah
Inspirational Song of the Year: “More and More of You,” Selah
Traditional Gospel Song of the Year: “Fill Me Up,” Casey J
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year: The Truth, Casey J

Word Music Publishing
Bluegrass Song of the Year: “God is There,” Joel Lindsey
Producer of the Year: Wayne Haun
Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Wayne Haun (producer)
Southern Gospel Song of Year: “Happy People,” Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey
Country Song of the Year: “I’ll Be There With You,” Joel Lindsey (writer)

Word Church Resources
Choral Collection of the Year: “Then Sings My Soul,” Cliff Duren
Musical of the Year: “We’re Glad You Came,” Joel Lindsey and Jeff Bumgardner
Youth/Children’s Musical of the Year: “God’s Not Dead,” Dale Mathews and Dana Anderson
Youth/Children’s Musical of the Year: “Back To the Cross,” Christy Semsen

25 Entertainment
Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year: Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know), Point of Grace
Rock Song of the Year: “Furious Love,” VERIDIA
New Artist of the Year: About A Mile
Inspirational Song of the Year: “O Love of God,” Laura Story
Record Packaging: “After All These Years,” Andrew Peterson

More reaction from Word artists:
“As we begin working on our next album, it’s so encouraging to continue to receive support for ‘Rise’. Thanks to the GMA and everyone who nominated us for this song.” – John Cooper, Skillet

“We’re really excited to be nominated again for Rock Song of The Year! ’Furious Love’ is a song that holds a lot of meaning for us and to have it be recognized alongside the other nominees is an honor. We can’t wait to be at the awards again this year!” – VERIDIA’s Deena Jakoub said.

“Thank you to our team for believing in our song, ‘Take This City.’ We are so thrilled that the music video is Dove nominated! A big thanks to our director Sean Hagwell for his vision for the video!” – Nikita Odnoralov, Everfound

About Word EntertainmentAbout Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive faith-based company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Blanca, Jason Castro, Everfound, Family Force 5, Jon Foreman, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Stars Go Dim, Switchfoot, VERIDIA, We Are Messengers, We As Human and Zealand Worship, and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

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