With the K-Love Fan Awards just a few days away, it is time for Egypt’s analysis and predictions as to the winners of the awards in each category.
Male Artist of the Year:
This is the first category presented for voters to speak their minds on. It also may be the most challenging decision of the entire voting process. The male artist of the year category welcomes back previous nominees such as Toby-Mac and Crowder, but also welcomes newcomer’s such as Danny Goke to the mix. While Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, and Chris Tomlin are no strangers to the K-Love Fan Awards, they are in a mix of a rather competitive group of nominees. However, because the fans ultimately decide on the winner of this category, a standing base and group of people trusted to vote must be taken into account. Due to the sheer longevity of their careers, the Egypt’s Pick will have to be a tie between Crowder and TobyMac, both of home released fantastic albums in the past year.
Female Artist of the Year:
Along the same lines as male artist of the year, female artist of the year offers a diverse range of career length as well as styles. This year’s nominees are Lauren Daigle, Plumb, Natalie Grant, Kari Jobe, Blanca, and Franseca Battistelle. In this case however, because of her quick rise to fame and to the height of the Christian billboard charts Egypt’s Pick goes to Lauren Daigle. Lauren rose to fame and into the widely known public eye on this year’s Winter Jam Tour and because of the recent success and excellent run is likely to have a lot of new fan interaction that will help in her vote count.
Group or Duo of the Year:
The nominees in this category are Casting Crowns, MercyMe, The Newsboys, Hillsong United, and For King and Country. The top two contenders in this category as far as the award is concerned would have to be For King and Country and The Newsboys. Both have a fan base that is a wide spread of ages, and both have begun taking over their respective genres and have done so by storm. However, because Hillsong United is focused more the intimate worship aspect of their music and For King and Country more on the entertainment side, For King and Country will walk away with Egypt’s Pick for the Group or Duo of the Year Award. With more people tuning into Christian radio stations, or to their IPods for a distraction rather than worship, For King and Country is more likely to be on the forefront of voter’s minds.
Artist of the Year:
Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, The Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, and For King and Country find themselves competing in one of the most coveted awards of the evening. The mixture of styles and demographic make this category a complicated one to choose from. TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, and For King and Country all just returned from incredible spring and winter runs with some releasing new albums in recent months. However, because of her connection to a younger fan base, and growing popularity Lauren Daigle will win Egypt’s Pick for the 2016 K-Love Artist of the Year.
Best Live Show:
This is the only category in the entire awards show that relies on a fan’s memory of this artist. It is affected by not only the venue but also the thought process of the artist on any given day. Of the nominees all stand out in a live show aspect. For King and Country, TobyMac, and NEEDTOBRETHE all deliver incredible live show performances. All just returning from incredible runs that will show this aspect of their artistry to thousands of people. Crowder who is known for his literal porch show, and The Newsboys for Duncan’s spinning drum set. Then there are Rend Collective’s fair-like quality in their set. However, what makes a live show special is not so much the amount of things going on on-stage, it is the experience it leaves people with off-stage. A live show is made memorable by experience and to grab this award, fans have to feel as though they were a part of the show. For King and Country, with their mid song strolls, ladders, and disco balls will therefore take Egypt’s Pick in the Best Live Show category.
Worship Song of the Year:
It is here that voters will yet again find themselves torn between two artists. While all of the songs nominated have made a huge impact in their circles, the act of worship is all about sincerity and the experience that the song itself creates. Of the nominees, two consistently show this quality in both a live show and recorded environment. Kari Jobe’s “Forever” and Crowder’s “Chains” rise above the rest. Of the two it is impossible to create a pick, and therefore both will walk away with Egypt’s Pick in this category.
Song Of The Year:
This category is highly influenced by air play, as for the song to be considered popular, people tend to have to be able to hear it. There was a time when two of the nominees could be heard back to back at any point during the day. These artists and their songs would be TobyMac’s “Feel It” and Lauren Daigle’s “First”. Since one of these could be heard more than the other, and even with age is still a favorite on radio requests, Lauren Daigle’s “First” is Egypt’s Pick.
Break Out Single:
This category is again based on radio play, which can vary by region. In northeast Ohio region at the very least, only 2 have been aired recently enough to be considered for the award. Danny Goke’s “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again” and Stars Go Dim’s “You Are Loved” make that list in this region. However, because Stars Go Dim found their song as their main emphasis on the Winter Jam Tour, which made its mark on almost every state in the country, this will give them an edge enough to take Egypt’s Pick in the category.
Without a doubt, between the nominees listed on the site Matthew West’s “Grace Wins” will have to take Egypt’s Pick. This also may not be for the reason most will think. Matthew West’s lyrics in this song carry a weight that most listeners will be able to immediately identify with. Coupled with it’s radio play, recent tours, and widespread popularity of the tune on K-Love’s station, this was not the most competitive category.
For a leader in the sport’s community to be nominated and win this category, they will have to have a large role in the public eye. First basemen of the Chicago White Sox, Adam LaRoche, has this and more every time that he plays. Because of his abundance of screen time and following even outside of the Christian world, LaRoche will have hit a home run in this category.
Television/ Film Impact:
This is yet another close category. War Room, God’s Not Dead 2, Risen, Miracle from Heaven, and Woodlawn find themselves competing for votes, the pick for this category becomes a little clouded. Initial reaction to God’s Not Dead 2 were overshadowed by reports from War Room which was wildly popular upon first release. The fact that people are still talking about it, despite the movie having released sometime ago shows that it still has popularity, enough to take Egypt’s Pick.
Book Of The Year:
This becomes a hard category to make any prediction’s on because of the fact that each of these works are unique in their own way and their impacts. For example, Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas is focused on, and targeted towards married couples and their relationships, where as Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup can be appreciated by anyone. However because a small group of people are known to read media outside of the internet or magazine, the book with the widest audience will walk away with Egypt’s Pick and that book is Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.
There you have it. Egypt’s Picks for the 2016 K-Love Awards. How close did we get? Make sure to follow the K-Love Fan Awards June 5th and cast your votes here to see.