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ORANGE COUNTY, CA &nbsp– Christian entertainment&rsquos largest website, NewReleaseTuesday.com, in conjunction with Grand Canyon University, has announced nominations for the first-ever WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS. &nbspFans of Christian music are invited to help choose the winners by voting now through January 14, 2013 at www.theWELOVEAWARDS.com.

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Nominations in 24 categories represent an eclectic mix of the best Christian music artists and projects in the calendar year 2012, as determined by the nominating committee of industry professionals. Winners will be announced in early 2013 as part of an exciting live web-based event. (Details to be announced soon.)

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The power now shifts to the people, as public voting is open now through January 14 at www.theWELOVEAWARDS.com. Voters can vote for their favorite nominees in all 24 categories, as well as write in their own selection for a runner-up winner in each category. &nbspIn addition, voters can write in the artist who has most impacted them this year for &quotThe 2012 Award,&quot a fan impact award that is completely fan-powered in the tradition of &ldquoviewer&rsquos choice.&rdquo

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Plus, as an extra incentive, one lucky voter will be randomly chosen to win an iPad Mini and five lucky voters will win a $25 iTunes or Amazon gift card.

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Voters aren&rsquot the only ones with a chance to benefit from the We Love Christian Music Awards. NewReleaseTuesday.com will be donating $1,000 to charities selected by the artists who win in the eight standard categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year (Male), Artist of the Year (Female), Group of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and The 2012 Award.

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Pop/rock/hip-hop pioneer TobyMac far and away leads the nominations with 11, including nods for Song of the Year (&ldquoMe Without You&rdquo), Album of the Year (Eye On It), Male Artist of the Year, The Hook Award (Best Pop Artist or Group), and this year&rsquos &ldquotrending&rdquo category award devoted to &ldquoBest Lecrae Collaboration&rdquo for &ldquoForgiveness&rdquo.

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Inspirational rock group Tenth Avenue North follows with six nods including Album of the Year, The Inspo Award (Best Adult Contemporary Artist or Group) and Group of the Year. Their chart-topping hit single, &ldquoLosing,&rdquo also generated nods for Song of the Year and Video of the Year.

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Lecrae, urban/dance duo Group 1 Crew and newcomers for KING &amp COUNTRY all weigh in with five nominations each. MercyMe, Thousand Foot Krutch and Family Force 5 each received four.

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EMI Label Group, anchored by top nominee TobyMac, leads record labels with 23 total nominations. Word Label Group receives 19 nods, while independent artists account for the third-most nominations with 13.

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For a complete list of nominations and to vote in the 25 categories of the WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS, go to www.theWELOVEAWARDS.com.

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About NewReleaseTuesday.com

NewReleaseTuesday.com (http://www.NewReleaseTuesday.com) was launched in August of 2002 and offers the most complete and up-to-date listing of upcoming releases online, exclusive artist interviews, commentary from a variety of columnists, New Christian Music PodCasts and the latest in Christian music news. It is also the home to the NRTeam, an online music community that maintains the largest online databases of Christian artist profiles, album reviews and song lyrics. NewReleaseTuesday.com is part of the FrontGate Media group.

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About Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Theology, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. &nbspThe University’s curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit http://www.gcu.edu.

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About FrontGate Media

FrontGate Media (http://FrontGateMedia.com) is the largest culture-engaged media group &amp marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to USA Today. The firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2011. The FrontGate Media group provides reach to more than 15 million email subscribers, 25 million monthly page views, and 600,000+ at annual events. The media group is #1 in reach to several consumer and leadership demographics in the faith and family values audience including entertainment fans, music fans, church musicians and worship leaders, youth leaders and youth group students, and political conservatives. The company plays a key role in the success of movie studios, non-profit organizations, publishers and authors, record labels and artists and more seeking &ldquocreative &amp emerging media&rdquo outlets.

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For more information on the We Love Christian Music Awards &amp NewReleaseTuesday.com, please contact:&nbsp

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Lori Lenz-Heiselman &ndash FrontGate Media
714-553-5181
Lori@FrontGateMedia.com

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