(Photo above, from L to R: Matthew West, Steven Curtis Chapman, Plumb, John Sanders (K-LOVE Fan Awards Co-Creator and Producer), Jon Klein (TAPP Co-Founder and CEO), Mike Novak (K-LOVE President and CEO), Francesca Battistelli, David Pierce (K-LOVE CCO) and Colton Dixon. Photo Credit: Aaron Crisler for The Media Collective
Nashville, Tenn. (January 20, 2015) – At a press conference at The Franklin Theatre outside of Nashville this evening, K-LOVE announced the nominees for the third annual K-LOVE Fan Awards Show to take place on May 31, 2015. K-LOVE – the leading Christian music radio network with a weekly listenership of over 14 million people – will once again bring the only fan-voted award show in Christian music history to the Grand Ole Opry House inMusic City. The show will be the pinnacle event of the K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend and Ultimate Fan Experience, which includes tickets to the Awards show, a three-night stay at Opryland, dinner with the K-LOVE staff and friends, a weekend kick-off concert, a late night event, two breakfasts, encouraging speakers, access to the K-LOVE Fan Zone and more.
Among the attendee’s for tonight’s press conference were K-LOVE President and CEO Mike Novak and K-LOVE CCO David Pierce, as well as host Steven Curtis Chapman, Colton Dixon, Francesca Battistelli, Matt Maher, Matthew West, Plumb, Nashville industry and media executives and, for the first time, fans.
Leading the nominations with four each, including an Artist of the Year nomination, were for KING & COUNTRY and Newsboys. Additional nominees for K-LOVE Artist of the Year include Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe and TobyMac. For the first time, nominees were selected and voted upon completely by fans. Voting for the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards will open at Midnight ET on May 1 and will close at Midnight ET on May 30. Nominees for Film/Television Impact, Book Impact and Sports Impact Awards will be announced at a later date.
Additionally, Pierce and K-LOVE Fan Awards co-creator and producer John Sanders introduced special guest Jon Klein,co-founder and CEO of TAPP,to unveil K-LOVE TV. The network, set to launch as a subscription based TV channel this spring, is the first of its kind for the faith-based entertainment industry. TAPP, the brainchild of reality television pioneers Jeff Gaspin and Jon Klein, recently launched the Sarah Palin Channel, Herman Cain Channel, New Life TV and is partnering with K-LOVE and John Sanders LLC to build K-LOVE TV from the ground up.
“We’re excited to provide K-LOVE fans with a gathering place where they can be fully immersed in a community that they love,” said Klein. “The artists they’ll meet and the stories they’ll watch on K-LOVE TV will pull members deeper than ever into the music, message and meaning of the Christian songs and artists they adore. We’ll offer premium content and provide subscribers ongoing opportunities to interact with fellow K-LOVE fans and radio personalities.”
We are thrilled about K-LOVE TV creating another avenue for fans to connect and go deeper with K-LOVE, their faith and the artists they love, said Mike Novak, K-LOVE President and CEO.
2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards Nominees Male Artist of the Year Chris Tomlin Colton Dixon Crowder Jeremy Camp Matthew West Steven Curtis Chapman
Female Artist of the Year Francesca Battistelli Jamie Grace Kari Jobe Mandisa Natalie Grant Plumb
Group/Duo of the Year Casting Crowns for KING & COUNTRY MercyMe Newsboys Tenth Avenue North Third Day
Best Live Show for KING & COUNTRY NEEDTOBREATHE Newsboys Tenth Avenue North Third Day TobyMac
Worship Song of the Year “Overwhelmed” Big Daddy Weave “Jesus Loves Me” Chris Tomlin “Come As You Are” Crowder “No Other Name” Hillsong Worship “How Can It Be” Lauren Daigle “Because He Lives” Matt Maher
Song of the Year “Hope In Front of Me” Danny Gokey “Fix My Eyes” for KING & COUNTRY “He Knows My Name” Francesca Battistelli “Do Something” Matthew West “Greater” MercyMe “We Believe” Newsboys
Artist of the Year Casting Crowns Chris Tomlin for KING & COUNTRY MercyMe Newsboys TobyMac
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. Previous hosts for the event include Phil & Kay Robertson and Jase & Missy Robertson from A&E TV’s popular show “Duck Dynasty,” Candace Cameron Bure and Matthew West. For more information on this year’s exciting lineup and award show hosts, visit www.KLOVEFanAwards.com.The K-LOVE Fan Awards is a John Sanders LLC/World Hope Event.
The Ultimate Fan Experience Fans are encouraged to sign up for the exclusive K-LOVE Ultimate Fan Experience, which will begin May 29 and run through May 31. With Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort as the home base, those who join this Experience will receive tickets to the Awards show, a three-night stay at Opryland, dinner with the K-LOVE staff and friends, a weekend kick-off concert, a late night event, two breakfasts, encouraging speakers and access to the K-LOVE Fan Zone, which will include exclusive meet & greets, autograph signings and much more. There are limited spots to the Ultimate Fan Experience and it is slated to sell out.
ABOUT K-LOVE K-LOVE plays positive, encouraging contemporary Christian music with a message designed to draw people toward an authentic relationship with God while living out real life in the real world. The radio network has 446 signals in 47 states with an estimated weekly audience of over 14 million. Now with their first-ever Fan Awards, their mission is to create a unique and fun fan experience that celebrates and promotes artists, athletes, authors and entertainers, who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ.