The only thing better than seeing your favorite artist win an award you voted for? Seeing your favorite artist perform one of their hit songs live! In addition to honoring nominees across nine fan-voted categories, the 2021 K-LOVE Fan Awards featured two hours' worth of incredible performances. Here are five show-stopping performances from this year’s K-LOVE Fan Awards.
1. Crowder “Good God Almighty”
Crowder opened the 2021 K-LOVE Fan Awards with his latest No. 1 hit, “Good God Almighty.” The bearded singer/songwriter kicked off the annual show by amping up the energy in the room and getting the in-person capacity crowd on their feet. The full-throttle worship anthem also opens his new full-length studio album, Milk & Honey, crafted in his home studio during the global pandemic. “Good God Almighty” was nominated for “Song of the Year,” while Crowder himself was up for “Male Vocalist of the Year.”
2. Elevation Worship “Graves Into Gardens”
With three nominations heading into the 2021 K-LOVE Fan Awards, including “Artist of the Year,” “Group/Duo of the Year” and “Song of the Year,” Elevation Worship took the Opry stage to perform “Graves Into Gardens.” One of the group’s primary worship leaders and songwriters, Chris Brown, helmed lead vocals in place of Brandon Lake, who’s featured on the original recording. Ushering in a moment of pure praise, the collective brought down the house with one of the year’s biggest worship anthems. It was Elevation Worship’s first time to perform at the K-LOVE Fan Awards. The collective was also part of the starting lineup for the K-LOVE Fan Awards Kick-Off Concert, held earlier in the weekend.
3. MercyMe “Say I Won’t”
Veteran act MercyMe treated fans to a powerful rendition of “Say I Won’t,” the latest in a long line of hits for the band. With dramatic lighting and a video backdrop that showcased friends and fans holding up their “Say I Won’t” statements, lead vocalist Bart Millard and his bandmates honored their former merchandise director and bus driver, Gary Miracle, with a moving performance that emphasized the miraculous results that transpire when we don’t give up. The song of perseverance in the face of adversity serves as the lead single from the group’s recently-released LP, inhale (exhale). Once again, this year the beloved band vied for “Group/Duo of the Year.”
4. Cory Asbury “The Father’s House”
Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Cory Asbury brought a passionate display of worship to the Fan Awards stage with a live version of “The Father’s House.” Asbury was backed by a semi-circle of soulful Gospel singers, who helped him bring the song’s truth-filled lyrics to life. “The Father’s House” previously ascended to No. 1 on the Christian charts and initially previewed Asbury’s latest release, To Love A Fool. The community-driven track follows on the heels of his massive hit, “Reckless Love,” for which he won both “Worship Song of the Year” and “Breakout Single of the Year” in 2018.
5. Dante Bowe “Joyful”
Dante Bowe left a smile on faces far and wide when he appeared in the coveted Opry circle for the first time. The newcomer’s stand-out performance of “Joyful” lived up to its name with Bowe’s authentic delivery of his current single from his sophomore album, circles. The worship leader had the crowd moving their feet and lifting their hands as he commanded the large stage with nothing but contagious joy during his vibrant presentation of the up-tempo track. The performance marked Bowe’s debut appearance at the K-LOVE Fan Awards.
Ticket packages for the 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend are now on sale. Next year’s event will take place May 27-29, 2022 in Nashville.
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