3rd annual fan voted show hosted by "FOX & Friend's" Elisabeth Hasselbeck and actor Kirk Cameron
Fan votes result in building of family homes in Haiti via Hands & Feet Project
Winners were announced at the third 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 www.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 & 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 nonprofit 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 Battistelli, 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, Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day and 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, 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, the weekend began with a bang with a star-studded kickoff concert, featuring performances by TobyMac, Newsboys, West, 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 Chapman and featuring MercyMe, Crowder, Dixon, Nichole Nordeman and more. On Sunday, Third Day and Jobe started the day off with a special worship service at the Opryland Resort. Additionally, a sports breakfast was held 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," K-LOVE Chief Creative Officer David Pierce said. "To partner with this amazing and talented community is a blessing for all of us at K-LOVE."
The fourth annual K-LOVE Fan Awards is set to return to the Grand Ole Opry House June 5, 2016. For more information, visit KLOVEFanAwards.com.