K-LOVE Fan Awards Wraps Successful Year Three
June 1, 2015 at 12:35 PM (PT)
Winners were announced SUNDAY NIGHT, MAY 31st, for the 3rd Annual K-LOVE FAN AWARDS at THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE, presented by PEPSI. The awards show was hosted by FOX & FRIEND’s ELISABETH HASSELBECK and actor KIRK CAMERON.
Broadcast live on K-LOVE.com, the fan-generated awards show aimed to honor artists, authors, film/television and athletes who impact popular culture in a positive and encouraging way for JESUS CHRIST. The show was the pinnacle event of the K-LOVE FAN AWARDS Weekend and ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE, where fans had chances to see and interact with their favorite Christian music artists.
FOR KING & COUNTRY led the night receiving an unprecedented three wins, including the evening’s biggest honor of Artist of the Year. Other winners were announced in the following categories:
- Male Artist of the Year - CHRIS TOMLIN
- Female Artist of the Year - FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI
- Group/Duo of the Year - FOR KING & COUNTRY
- Song of the Year - NEWSBOYS "We Believe"
- Worship Song of the Year - LAUREN DAIGLE "How Can It Be"
- Artist of the Year - FOR KING & COUNTRY
- Best Live Show - FOR KING & COUNTRY
- First Christian Artist to Appear on 7UP Can - BIG DADDY WEAVE
- Sports Impact - BENJAMIN WATSON
- Movie Impact - A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES
- Book Impact - The Best Yes, LYSA TERKEURST
This year's K-LOVE FAN AWARDS partnered with HANDS & FEET PROJECT to make every vote count. With every 500,000 votes, HANDS & FEET PROJECT committed to building a family-style home for orphaned or abandoned children in HAITI. Homes will be built in the area of JACMEL, where HANDS & FEET PROJECT is based.
With a vast array of talent, the evening showcased abundant performances and appearances from the worlds of music, sports, film and books. Highlights included memorable performances by FRANCESCA BATTESTELLI, JEREMY CAMP, CASTING CROWNS, STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, COLTON DIXON, CROWDER, LAUREN DAIGLE, FOR KING & COUNTRY, DANNY GOKEY, HAWK NELSON, KARI JOBE, MATT MAHER, MERCYME, PLUMB, SIDEWALK PROPHETS, TOBYMAC, CHRIS TOMLIN, TENTH AVENUE NORTH, THIRD DAY and MATTHEW WEST.
Special appearances were also made by the BENHAM BROTHERS, BLANCA, the NFL’s BRIAN BOSWORTH, INDIANA HOOSIERS Coach TOM CREAN, LOUIE GIGLIO, NATALIE GRANT, former NFL quarterback TIM HASSELBECK, TENNESSEE TITANS punter BRETT KERN, BRITT NICOLE, KRISTIAN STANFILL, the PGA’s KEVIN STREELMAN, MICHAEL TAIT, author LYSA TERKEURST, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS tight end BENJAMIN WATSON, and BOSTON CELTICS center TYLER ZELLER.
Throughout the weekend, fans participated in the popular K-LOVE FAN ZONE, which featured a variety of fan-focused events including celebrity basketball games, autograph sessions, book signings and special performances.
FRIDAY night things got kicked offf with a concert featuring performances by TOBYMAC, NEWSBOYS, MATTHEW WEST, MATT MAHER and SIDEWALK PROPHETS.
On SATURDAY, fans and celebrities including HASSELBECK, FOR KING & COUNTRY’s JOEL SMALLBONE, MATTHEW WEST and many more participated in RUN FOR LOVE 2015, which benefitted the non-profit organization.
A sports breakfast was also held on SATURDAY morning to honor NBA athletes TYLER ZELLER, CODY ZELLER and LUKE ZELLER, as well as their parents STEVE and LORRI ZELLER. The exclusive event hosted just over 100 people and benefited SPORTS SPECTRUM MAGAZINE, a nonprofit Christian sports magazine.
The SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE was hosted SATURDAY night by STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN and featured MERCYME, CROWDER, COLTON DIXON, NICHOLE NORDEMAN and more.
On SUNDAY, THIRD DAY and KARI JOBE started the day with a special Worship Service at the OPRYLAND RESORT, setting the stage for the awards gala that evening.
K-LOVE CCO DAVID PIERCE commented, "The FAN AWARDS WEEKEND is an amazing event bringing together the best who are impacting our culture for CHRIST. To partner with this amazing and talented community is a blessing for all of us at K-LOVE. Tonight’s show, was another high point in the body of CHRIST coming together and proclaiming the name of JESUS to all who would hear!"
Next year, the K-LOVE FAN AWARDS is set to return to the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE on JUNE 5th, 2016. For more information, visit KLOVEFanAwards.com.