The 2016 K-Love Awards came to a close on Sunday evening after an explosive weekend packed with performances and events attended. The weekend kicked off with a star-studded concert at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday featuring Christian music favorites Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, and Britt Nicole. Saturday morning the annual “Run For Love” 5k took place which allowed both fans and artists to run the course while raising funds for charity.
The end of the 5k was greeted with a surprise concert by Byron “Talkbox” Chambers, who also was accompanied by surprise guest and artist Meysha. Talkbox was joined on-stage by Mike Donehey who assisted by putting his dance skills to the test. This was something that both entertained and engaged the crowd as the 5k came to a close. The rest of Saturday allowed fans to explore the Opry as other surprise events began to be announced on the K-Love Fan Award’s twitter page. These events included things such as an impromptu acoustic performance by Unspoken, and a tour of Building 429’s Tour bus. Christian contemporary artist TobyMac also made an appearance on Saturday afternoon for the celebrity basketball game, as well as to sign autographs for fans attending the weekend’s events. Saturday came to a close with another blockbuster concert featuring Rend Collective, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Lauren Daigle.
Sunday morning, fans were greeted with an intimate worship service led by Casting Crowns. After the service was over, the day was devoted to readying for the award show later that evening. The awards show was opened as the artists made their way down the red carpet. Tenth Avenue North’s front man Mike Donehey conducted a series of rather entertaining and funny interviews as the artists entered the auditorium. During the awards show, viewers both present, and those watching online were treated to performances by artists such as Switchfoot who featured Lauren Daigle on their hit “Mean’t to Live”, TobyMac, who surprisingly did not take home a fan award this year, and many others. The awards themselves had quite a few surprises. The underdog of the night quickly became Danny Goke as he took home both the “Best Break Out Song” award, as well as “Male Artist of the Year”, neither of these things were predicted in Egypt’s Picks. Again not in line with Egypt’s Picks was Franseca Battistelli’s win in “Worship Song of the Year” as well as Chris Tomlin’s win in song of the year with his work “Good, Good, Father”. However the rest of the awards night went according to the rest of the Egypt’s Picks Predictions.
In all the 2016 K-Love Fan Awards was one of the most musically diverse, and fan friendly events of the year. What will be exciting is to see how they are stepped up for the 2017 awards. If they are anything like this year’s then next year is looking extremely promising.