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
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.
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.