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Inspirational Country Music Awards Set For October – Ray Stevens to Host, Finalists Announced

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Ray Stevens is set to co-host the 2014 Inspirational Country Music Awards on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The comedian and musician will share the stage with ‘Inside Edition”s Megan Alexander to help recognize many of the biggest names in Christian, country and inspirational music.

“I am honored to have been asked to co-host this year’s awards show,” Stevens says. “I’ll also be performing a few songs from my new gospel album.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awards show, and nominees include Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, the Roys and more. The show will be held at Cornerstone Nashville and broadcast on the NRB Network and GEB America.

2014 Inspirational Country Music Awards Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Chuck Hancock
Kali Rose
Russ Murphy
Steve Richard
Tommy Brandt

Female Vocalist of the Year
Chareé White
Kali Rose
Laura Dodd
Mary James

Male Vocalist of the Year
Chuck Hancock
Guy Penrod
Russ Murphy
Steve Richard
Tommy Brandt

Vocal Duo or Duo Performance of the Year
Bruce & Betsy Mullen
John Blackwell & Susie McEntire
Kali Rose & Dennis Agajanian
Steve Richard & Laura Dodd
The Roys

Vocal Group or Band of the Year
Jayc Harold Band
Red Roots
Sunday Drive
The Isaacs
The Kristina Craig Band

Inspirational Country Song of the Year
“I’m A Rock” – Kristina Craig Band
“Pray For Me” – Sweetwater Rain
“Stand Up” – Russ Murphy
“The God Of Another Chance” – Chuck Day
“The Rock On Which I Stand” – Steve Richard & Laura Dodd

Mainstream Country Male Artist of the Year:
Alan Jackson
Jeff Bates
Josh Turner
Scotty McCreery
Vince Gill

Mainstream Country Female Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
Martina McBride
Rachel Holder
Sara Evans

Mainstream Country Duo or Group of the Year
Joey + Rory
Lady Antebellum
Oak Ridge Boys
Rascal Flatts
Sweetwater Rain

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song of the Year
“Compass” – Lady Antebellum
“Doin’ It Right” – Rodney Atkins
“I Believe” – George Strait
“I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice
“Like Jesus Does” – Eric Church

A complete list of awards and nominees can be found here.

NEXT: Top 10 Country Songs of Faith

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