The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 51st annual Dove Awards Thursday, and the band For King & Country and Christian rock singer Zach Williams garnered the most. Destined to get at least as much attention, though, were three nods for first-time nominee Kanye West.
The presidential candidate’s first full entry into the Christian music realm, “Jesus Is King,” was nominated for rap/hip-hop album of the year. An album by his Sunday Service Choir, “Jesus Is Born,” got a nod for traditional gospel album of the year, with West picking up a nomination as one of its producers. West’s third nomination was for “Follow God: for rap/hip-hop recorded song of the year.
Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin and Jonathan McReynolds have four nominations apiece.
For King & Country has either six nominations or five, depending on who’s doing the counting and how. The GMA tallied five nominations for the group as artists: artist of the year, contemporary Christian artist of the year, pop/contemporary song (“Burn the Ships”), Spanish-language recorded song (“Solo Dios Sabe”) and short form video (“God Only Knows”). However, the group’s publicist adds a sixth to their total this year, pointing out that the group’s members are credited writers on “Burn the Ships,” which is nominated for song of the year, even if their credits are as individuals and not under the group banner.