By Ginny McCabe, Special to ASSIST News Service
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS – May 28, 2015) — Christian music fans from across the globe will gather in Nashville, Tenn. this weekend, Friday through Sunday, May 29-31 for the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards and the K-LOVE Ultimate Fan Experience Weekend at the at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
Live from the Grand Ole Opry House, the three-day weekend of events will conclude on Sunday, May 31 with the third annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, which will be hosted by FOX & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck and actor Kirk Cameron.
For KING & COUNTRY and Newsboys are among the artists that lead the 2015 nominations in the fan-generated awards show, which aims to honor artists, authors and athletes who impact popular culture in a positive and encouraging way.
Other nominees include Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Kari Jobe, MercyMe Casting Crowns, and more. For a complete list of nominees, visit www.KLOVEFanAwards.com.
The final group of presenters have been announced for the awards show. Presenters will include Steven Curtis Chapman, Brett Kern, Michael Tait, Ashley Smith, Thomas Davis, Brian Bosworth, Benjamin Watson, Alex Kendrick and Blanca.
The latest unveiling comes in addition to the previously announced performers and presenters. Tim Hasselbeck, Louie Giglio, Kristian Stanfill, The Benham Brothers, Lysa TerKeurst, Jan Harrison, Britt Nicole, Kevin Streelman, Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave, Natalie Grant, Tyler Zeller and Tom Crean will round out the line-up of stars, who will present awards.
This year’s performers will include Danny Gokey, Jeremy Camp, Kari Jobe, Matt Maher, Matthew West, MercyMe, Plumb, Sidewalk Prophets and Tenth Avenue North and Crowder, to name a few.
Presented by Pepsi, the K-LOVE Fan Awards was created to honor today’s Christian music leaders. The experience also allows fans to attend the awards show as well as access to a K-LOVE fan Zone. Other activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, including a kick-off concert on Friday night and a songwriter’s showcase on Saturday evening.
In 2014 highlights, Mandisa was recognized for “Song of the Year” with her song “Overcomer.” She also was voted as “Female Artist of the Year.” Chris Tomlin reigned as “Male Artist of the Year.” Tomlin is up for the honor again this year in the same category. Among other nods, the Newsboys claimed “Group/Duo of the Year,” TobyMac was recognized for the “Best Live Show” and Casting Crowns took home “Artist of the Year.”
Additional awards will be handed out for “Film and Television Impact,” “Book Impact,” and “Sports Impact.”
Fan voting began on May 1 for the K-LOVE Fan Awards, which is the only fan-voted awards event in the Christian music industry. For more information about the nominees, performers and more, go to www.KLOVEFanAwards.com . The show will be streamed live from the Grand Old Opry House on KLOVE.com.
K-LOVE, a leading Christian music radio network, has stations in 47 states. The network’s estimated weekly listenership is 14 million. To listen online, or to find a station near you, check out www.KLOVE.com.
Photo captions: 1) Kirk Cameron. 2) Steven Curtis Chapman. 3) Kari Jobe is one of the artists nominated for “Female Artist of the Year.” (Photo by Ginny McCabe). 4) Ginny McCabe.
About the writer: As a well-respected and experienced author and journalist, Ginny McCabe has authored five books. Her bestselling and award-winning title with Dr. Jill Hubbard, Secrets Young Women Keep is available from Thomas Nelson (www.Thomasnelson.com .) Other titles include: Some Kind of Journey: On the Road with Audio Adrenaline, Living A Gold Medal Life: Inspirations from Female Athletes, and Changed: True Stories of Finding God Through Christian Music. Additionally, McCabe is a news, feature and entertainment writer/reporter who has penned thousands of diverse articles for daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and Web sites for national and international audiences. She can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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