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The people have spoken: No act is hotter in contemporary Christian music than For King & Country, who took home three awards. Newsboys also received top award for song of the year!
The Nashville-based sibling duo - for KING & COUNTRY - took home three major awards — including artist of the year — at the third annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, held Sunday night at the Grand Ole Opry House. The show is presented by the Christian music radio network K-LOVE, which operates more than 400 stations across the country, and winners were decided by a nationwide fan vote.
From the first award on, it was an emotional evening for the duo's Luke Smallbone, who teared up as he stood on stage with his brother Joel. He told the audience about his ongoing struggle with ulcerative colitis, which took him off the road for months in 2013.
"I'm not 100 percent healed from this illness, but I know the man that can heal me," he said. "We stand before you (as) men who truly believe in the name of Jesus."
After Christian rock mainstays Third Day opened the show with "Soul On Fire," the evening kicked off the only way a fan-driven awards show can: with 10 minutes of selfies. Co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Kirk Cameron worked their way through the audience to match fans up with their favorite Christian stars. Fans said they had traveled to Nashville from states away, but many of the artists taking the stage were Middle Tennessee's own, including Colton Dixon, Sidewalk Prophets and TobyMac.
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2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards Winners
Male Artist of the Year: Chris Tomlin
Female Artist of the Year: Francesca Battistelli
Group/Duo of the Year: For King & Country
Song of the Year: Newsboys, "We Believe"
Worship Song of the Year: Lauren Daigle, "How Can It Be"
Artist of the Year: For King & Country
Best Live Show: For King & Country
First Christian Artist to Appear on 7UP Can: Big Daddy Weave
Sports Impact: Benjamin Watson
Movie Impact: A.D. The Bible Continues
Book Impact: Lysa TerKeurst, "The Best Yes"