(NASHVILLE, TN) — Highly decorated, best-selling Christian music artist Casting Crowns adds to its long list of accolades with four 2012 Billboard Music Award Nominations. The band received recognition this year in the categories of Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Song and Top Christian Album.
Its first career Billboard Music Award nominations, Casting Crowns was honored across the board in all Christian music fields. The band joins other powerhouses MercyMe, Skillet, Laura Story and Chris Tomlin for Top Christian Artist, while its song “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me),” competes with radio mainstays including Matthew West’s “Strong Enough,” and Laura Story’s “Blessings” for Top Christian Song. Casting Crowns claims two of the five nominated projects in the Top Christian Album category with Come To The Well and Until The Whole World Hears.
The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.
These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be based on the reporting period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative. For a complete list of this year’s nominees, visit: http://bit.ly/JvrdEh.
“The 2012 Billboard Music Awards” will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Music fans can also follow news about the show and related events on Twitter at @Billboard or on Facebook.com/Billboard.