Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2015) - Winners were announced at tonight's 3rd Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards at The Grand Ole Opry House, presented by Pepsi and 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.
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
New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson wins the Sports Impact Award
Francesca Battistelli wins Female Artist of the Year
This year's K-LOVE Fan Awards partnered with Hands & Feet Project to make every vote count. With every 500,000 votes, Hands and 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. On Saturday, fans and celebrities including Hasselbeck, For King & Country’s Joel Smallbone, Matthew West and more participated in Run For Love 2015, which benefitted the non-profit organization.
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.
Male Artist of the Year winner Chris Tomlin performs "At The Cross (Love Ran Red)"
Special appearances were also made by the Benham Brothers, Blanca, the NFL’s Brian Bosworth, Indiana Hoosier’s Coach Tom Crean, Louie Giglio, Natalie Grant, former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titan’s 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.
The show was the pinnacle event of the K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend and Ultimate Fan Experience, where fans had more chances than ever to see and interact with their favorite Christian music artists. Starting Friday night, May 29, the weekend began with a bang with a star-studded Kickoff Concert, featuring performances by TobyMac, Newsboys, Matthew West, Matt Maher and Sidewalk Prophets.
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, special performances and more. Saturday night welcomed the Songwriters Showcase hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman and featuring MercyMe, Crowder, Colton Dixon, Nichole Nordeman and more. On Sunday, Third Day and Kari Jobe started the day off with a special Worship Service at the Opryland Resort. Additionally, a Sports Breakfast was held on Saturday to honor the Zeller family; NBA athletes Tyler, Cody and Luke and their parents Steve and Lorri. The exclusive event hosted just over 100 people and benefited Sports Spectrum Magazine, a nonprofit Christian sports magazine.
"The Fan Awards Weekend is an amazing event bringing together the best who are impacting our culture for Christ," remarked K-LOVE Chief Creative Officer David Pierce. "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! "
The 4th Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards is set to return to the Grand Ole Opry House on June 5, 2016. For more information, please visit KLOVEFanAwards.com.
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ABOUT THE K-LOVE FAN AWARDS
The K-LOVE Fan Awards mission is to create a fan experience that celebrates and promotes artists, athletes, authors and entertainers who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ. This year’s show will be hosted by FOX & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck and actor Kirk Cameron. Previous hosts for the event include Phil & Kay Robertson and Jase & Missy Robertson from A&E TV’s popular show “Duck Dynasty,” Candace Cameron Bure and Matthew West. For more information visit www.KLOVEFanAwards.com. The K-LOVE Fan Awards is a John Sanders LLC/World Hope Event.
K-LOVE plays positive, encouraging contemporary Christian music with a message designed to draw people toward an authentic relationship with God while living out real life in the real world. The radio network has 446 signals in 47 states with an estimated weekly audience of over 14 million. Now with their Fan Awards, their mission is to create a unique and fun fan experience that celebrates and promotes artists, athletes, authors and entertainers, who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ.