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Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae leads Dove Awards nominations with 7

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Christian rapper leads the pack of nominees for the 46th annual Dove Awards with seven nominations, including artist of the year, thanks to his chart-topping album, "Anomaly."

The Gospel Music Association announced on Wednesday the nominees for the awards, which will be held on Oct. 13 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Grammy-winning artist, who was a co-host of the awards show in 2014, topped the Billboard 200 albums chart last year with his seventh studio album. Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, who perform as for KING & COUNTRY, have five nominations including artist of the year, and Crowder, Matt Maher and have four nominations each.

, and Mercy Me round out the artist-of-the-year nominations.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, Lecrae performs at Christmas in Brooklyn in New York. Lecrae leads the pack of nominees for the 46th annual Dove Awards with seven nominations, including artist of the year, thanks to his chart-topping album, “Anomaly.” (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, Lecrae performs at Christmas in Brooklyn in New York. Lecrae leads the pack of nominees for the 46th annual Dove Awards with seven nominations, including artist of the year, thanks to his chart-topping album, “Anomaly.” (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
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