The first annual K-Love Fan Awards drew to a close on June 2, marking the first fan-voted award show in Christian music history. Here are some event highlights, photographs and a video from the awards.
The event included a concert, a song-writers showcase, a meet and greet with fans' favorite artists, a red carpet and the main event, the awards ceremony.
The winners of the first annual K-Love Fan Awards were:
Song of the Year- Big Daddy Weave, 'Redeemed'
Breakthrough Artist of the Year- For King & Country
Artist of the Year (over-all)- tobyMac
Male Artist of the Year- Chris Tomlin
Female Artist of the Year- Kari Jobe
Group/Duo of the Year- Casting Crowns
Book impact of the Year- 'The Love Dare' by Alex and Stephen Kendrick
Sports impact of the Year- Mike Fisher (Defenseman for the Nashville Predators )
Movie impact of the year- 'Courageous'
The K-Love team interviewed some of the artists who had won after the awards.
"We're kind of a little speechless, I mean, what do you say when you have people out there that you write songs for, I mean ultimately you write songs for the Lord, but your hope is that you write songs that connect with people's hearts. And, when you have people out there in that auditorium, they announce your name and some of them rise to their feet, you just sit there, you're humbled, but your thankful that you did something that impacted their lives," said Luke Smallbone, of For King & Country, Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
"I really wanted to just start crying, and I was like, 'ok pull it together,' so I'm still shaking and just thinking about my parents being at home. We're just waiting for my sister to have her first baby, I was like, I'll be right back, I'll just have to go out of town for a couple of days, don't have this baby yet," Kari Jobe, Female Artist of the Year. "It's just so neat to be used by the Lord and know that I'm doing what I've been called to do, it's really special."
"We are so shocked, I mean, my gosh, '10,000 Reasons' was up there, that needs to win like every time, you know what I mean? Gosh, I've got a feeling we're gonna be singing part of that in heaven, you know, and so when they said our name I was just like, you know, I'm not easily rendered speechless but I had not a lot to say. I like, what in the... I couldn't even speak, you know? It was unbelievable, it was so cool." said Mike Weaver, from Big Daddy Weave, about their Song of the Year award for 'Redeemed.'
On June 1, Chris Tomlin tweeted, "Wow! thank you KLOVE and all who voted. very honored!"
TobyMac also tweeted on June 1 saying, "So thankful to all those who participated in the @klovefanawards voting. We are humbled by ur graciousness and honored to serve w/our music."
On June 2, Chris Huffman, bassist for Casting Crowns, tweeted, "What an amazing night of fellowship w/my music family and honoring the King together! @KLovefanAwards was great!"
Most of the artists acknowledged God's work through them, which allowed them to be successful musically and make an impact in the lives of their fans.