For King & Country takes top honors at 2022 K-Love Fan Awards – Billboard


For King & Country won three awards at the 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards, which aired on TBN on Friday, June 3. The show, co-hosted by Matthew West and Tauren Wells, was taped live at the Opry House in Nashville on May 29.

In addition to co-hosting, West was also a big winner on the night, taking home Male Artist of the Year.


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The stated mission of the K-LOVE Fan Awards is to celebrate and promote entertainers, athletes, authors, and performers “who engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ.” The awards are in their ninth year.

For King & Country won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“For God Is With Us”) and Group/Duo of the Year. The sister duo, consisting of Joel and Luke Smallbone, have recorded collaborations with names including Dolly Parton, Timbaland, Tori Kelly, Lecrae and Need to Breathe.

Newcomer Anne Wilson received two awards – Female Artist of the Year and Single of the Year (“My Jesus”). Wilson, who was born in Lexington, Kentucky, is just 20 years old.

Michael W. Smith, best known for his 1991 hit “Place in This World,” a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit, received the Book Impact Award for The Way of the Father.

Katy Nichole received her first K-LOVE Fan Award (from her first nomination) for Worship Song of the Year (“In Jesus Name (God of Possible)”). Sadie Robertson Huff won the top Podcast of the Year award for ‘Whoa That’s Good’. American Underdog was the winner of the film’s impact. Tim Tebow won the Sporting Impact award.

For King & Country, Wilson and West also starred on the show, as did CAIN, Chris Tomlin, Elevation Worship, Katy Nichole, Phil Wickham, Tauren Wells and TobyMac.

The show also featured collaborative performances from Blanca with Dante Bowe, CeCe Winans with Lauren Daigle, Jonathan Traylor with Jordan Feliz, Kirk Franklin with Maverick City Music, and Riley Clemmons with country star Walker Hayes.

Presenters included Danny Gokey, Jimmie Allen, Mac Powell, Matt Maher, Mike Weaver, Sadie Robertson Huff, The Skit Guys and Rebecca St. James (Joel and Luke Smallbone’s sister), who was joined by her (and their) mother, Helene Smallbone.

Following its broadcast on TBN, the show is streaming on the TBN app. The annual awards ceremony is a production of John Sanders LLC.

The taping of the awards show on Sunday, May 29 capped off a weekend of live events, including a songwriter showcase hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman and a worship service with Brandon Lake, Pat Barrett and Phil Wickham.

K-LOVE is listener supported and delivers Christian music through its nearly 600 signals in 50 states, the K-LOVE app, smart devices, and K-LOVE On Demand.

Here is a full list of the 2022 K-LOVE Fan Award winners:

Artist of the year: For king and country

Male Artist of the Year: Matthew West

Female Artist of the Year: Anne Wilson

Group/duo of the year: For king and country

Single escape: Anne Wilson – “My Jesus”

Song of the Year: For King & Country – “For God Is With Us”

Worship Song of the Year: Katy Nichole – “In the Name of Jesus (God of the Possible)”

Cinematic impact: American Underdog

Impact of the book: Michael W. Smith – The Way of the Father

Sports impact: Tim Tebow

Podcast of the Year: Sadie Robertson Huff – “Whoa That’s Good”


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