Multi-platinum selling band MercyMe took top honors at the 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards, garnering a win in all nominated categories – Film Impact (for the box office smash I Can Only Imagine), Group or Duo of the Year, Song of the Year for “Even If” and Artist of the Year. Cory Asbury’s captivating hit “Reckless Love” also won big, honored for both Worship Song of the Year and Breakout Single. A full recap of Sunday night’s winners is listed below.
GRAMMY® acclaimed artists Matthew West and Mandisa teamed up to host the sixth annual K-LOVE Fan Awards at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry. The evening included performances from some of the biggest names in Christian music including Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Cory Asbury featuring Francesca Battestelli, for KING & COUNTRY, Hillsong Worship, Jordan Feliz, Mandisa, Matt Maher, MercyMe featuring Trace Adkins, Newsboys United, Tauren Wells featuring Natalie Grant, TobyMac, We are Messengers featuring Social Club Misfits, Zach Williams and Matthew West, whose performance was a moving tribute to the late Rev. Billy Graham.
Dennis Quaid, a lead actor in the winning film I Can Only Imagine, surprised fans with a moving performance. Other notables included John Crist, Jasmine Murray, Micah Tyler and Riley Clemmons who were among the additions to the fan-fueled awards show. Danny Gokey, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North, Mike Weaver, Natalie Grant, Plumb and Sadie Robertson were among those presenting the honors for the night.
Marking a touching point in the evening, Mandisa & West surprised a teen who had just undergone a heart transplant after a 15 year journey of facing heart complications with a special K-LOVE Fan Award. John Corbell and his family would listen to K-LOVE during his time at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. His family was among the special guests of the night from Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
I Can Only Imagine
2017 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles
Book Impact Recipient
Dimas Salaberrios “Street God”
Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group or Duo of the Year
Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
Worship Song of the Year
Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
Song of the Year
MercyMe “Even If”
Artist of the Year
A new partnership with TBN will allow fans from all over the world to tune in to the 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards. Marking the show’s first appearance on television, TBN will broadcast the 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards on Thursday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET to its audience of more than 100 million households, with most markets experiencing the show in HD. Viewers can find their local TBN channel through the network’s Channel Finder at: https://www.tbn.org/watch/channel-finder.
Coca-Cola Consolidated again sponsored the fan-fueled awards show, marking the third consecutive year for the partnership.
Fans came from all over the country to Nashville to participate in the K-LOVE Fan Awards weekend which included concerts, a songwriters showcase, the annual Run For Love 5K, artist autograph signings and more.
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 was hosted by K-LOVE Fan Awards’ winners Mandisa and Matthew West. Coca-Cola Consolidated was the sponsor for The 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards. For more information visit www.KLOVEFanAwards.com. The K-LOVE Fan Awards is a regional EMMY® (2016) winning John Sanders LLC/Eidon Event.
The K-LOVE Radio Network creates compelling media that inspires and encourages you to have a meaningful relationship with Christ. With 531 total signals in 48 states, K-LOVE is enjoyed by millions of people across the country every week in markets including New York City, Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia, Miami, Denver and many more. The K-LOVE Fan Awards mission is to create a fun, unique and meaningful fan experience that celebrates and promotes artists, athletes, authors and entertainers, who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ.
About the Trinity Broadcasting Network:
TBN is the world’s largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 32 global networks. As the world’s most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the TBN Networks, visit us at tbn.org.