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.
[Photos Credit: Getty Images for K-LOVE]