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TobyMac was the recipient of the "Artist of the Year" award at the first K-LOVE Fan Awards show that saw many of Christian music's top artists come together under one roof for a magical night of performances and recognition.
Held in front of a sold out crowd at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, the three-day event was the first totally fan-voted Christian awards show.
Performers for the event included: TobyMac, Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Matthew West, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant with Kari Jobe, Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Matt Maher with Brandon Heath and Bart Millard of MercyMe, Francesca Battistelli, and more.
"The hope of the K-LOVE Fan Awards was to have the fans acknowledge members of the Christian community for their impact of serving the Kingdom through their lives," shares Mike Novak, K-LOVE's President & CEO through Merge PR. "By all measure, it was a huge success!"
"It was awesome to see the creative and sports communities come together and celebrate excellence that impacts our culture for Christ. Each of our nominees and performers brought their incredible God given talents while connecting with our amazing fans!" said K-LOVE's Chief Creative Officer David Pierce.
K-LOVE fans were able to be involved with the weekend with the Ultimate Fan Experience where attendees were able to stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort in addition to awards show tickets, a meet and greet and dinner with the staff of K-LOVE.
K-LOVE is one of the countries most popular Christian radio stations with an estimated weekly audience of 14 million listeners.
The awards winners were:
Artist of the Year: TobyMac
Male Artist of the Year: Chris Tomlin
Female Artist of the Year: Kari Jobe
Group/Duo of the Year: Casting Crowns
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: For King & Country
Song of the Year: "Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weave
Sports Impact: Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators
Movie Impact: "Courageous," Alex Kendrick, director/co-writer
Book Impact: "The Love Dare" by Alex Kendrick & Stephen Kendrick