P.O.D., Randy Travis, Mary Mary Up For Dove Awards

Fred Hammond, Third Day also among diverse artists nominated for honors recognizing year's best in gospel.

The nominations for the 32nd annual Dove Awards were announced Friday, with names from hard-rocking P.O.D. to R&B faves Mary Mary and country singer Randy Travis reflecting the diversity of contemporary gospel.

Roots rockers Third Day and their lead singer, Mac Powell, received nine nominations, followed by Fred Hammond and Radical for Christ with eight. San Diego's P.O.D. pulled in seven nods, including Group of the Year, Artist of the Year and Modern Rock/Alternative Recorded Song of the Year, for "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)."

Mary Mary also scored seven nominations, including New Artist of the Year; Urban Album of the Year, for Thankful; and Urban Recorded Song of the Year, for "Shackles (Praise You)."

They'll face competition in that last category from Yolanda Adams, who found crossover success last year with "Open My Heart", from her Mountain High ...Valley Low album.

Travis' Inspirational Journey is up for Bluegrass Album of the Year, with the song "Baptism" up for Country Recorded Song of the Year.

The awards, which recognize the year's best in Christian music, will be presented on April 26 in Nashville, at the Grand Ole Opry House. For a complete list of the nominees in all categories, see www.doveawards.com.