The 9th annual K-LOVE Fan Awards lit up Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House on Sunday, May 29, 2022, with a talented crop of nominees, a stacked lineup of performances and a capacity crowd of enthusiastic fans. @for KING & COUNTRY held fast to their title as the most-awarded artist in Fan Awards history, picking up three new trophies at the yearly ceremony and upping their career tally to 16. Breakout acts @Anne Wilson and @Katy Nichole also graced the K-LOVE Fan Awards stage for the first time and both walked away with respective statuettes. In addition, @Matthew West was awarded Male Artist of the Year — a long-overdue honor for the seven-time K-LOVE Fan Awards host. In the non-music brackets, Sadie Robertson Huff took home the inaugural trophy in the brand new Podcast of the Year category for her popular podcast, “WHOA That’s Good.” Furthermore, first-time co-host @Tauren Wells, @Maverick City Music, @CeCe Winans and @Blanca were among the outstanding nominees who performed.
The 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards was the culmination of a flurry of fan-focused activities that spanned the length of the weekend. Leading up to the star-studded night, artists and fans mingled during live interview sessions hosted by K-LOVE DJs Skip & Amy, Scott & Kelli and Lauree throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. Moreover, fans were treated to live concerts, special showcases, morning worship and a podcast taping, among other exclusive events.
2022 K-LOVE Fan Award Winners
Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
Sealing the deal for a fourth year, @for KING & COUNTRY was named Artist of the Year at the 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards on the strength of songs like “TOGETHER,” “For God Is With Us” and “RELATE,” which they performed that evening complete with elevator lifts that saw them rising and falling with the poignant verses. 2022 also found the brothers reunited once again after Luke was unable to attend and perform at the 2021 K-LOVE Fan Awards due to vocal chord trouble and subsequent surgery.
Male Artist of the Year: Matthew West
In a surprise turn of events, @Matthew West received well-deserved recognition when he was awarded Male Artist of the Year honors in 2022. The seven-time K-LOVE Fan Awards host was visibly choked up when he appeared on stage to accept the statuette, not bothering to hide his emotion as he thanked his parents, his wife and his daughters. He also fondly recalled the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio and revealed how that moment changed his life forever.
Female Artist of the Year: Anne Wilson
@Anne Wilson won the first of two K-LOVE Fan Awards when she was voted 2022’s Female Artist of the Year. Celebrating a record-breaking year, the Kentucky native quickly emerged as a frontrunner in the category thanks to the massive success of her debut album and its smash title-cut, “My Jesus.” In addition to immediately forging a connection with the song, fans promptly bonded with the personable songstress.
Group/Duo of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
Hanging on to the Group/Duo title for an impressive six years, fans once again cast their vote in favor of the Australian duo in 2022. Between their endearing demeanor, dynamic showmanship and limitless creativity, fans can’t seem to get enough of @for KING & COUNTRY, who remains the most awarded act in K-LOVE Fan Awards history with 16 trophies to their name.
Song of the Year: “For God Is With Us,” for KING & COUNTRY
“For God Is With Us” had just released to radio by the time the 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards rolled around. Yet, the impact of the song was already palpable, and fans’ unmatched love for the personable duo was evident as the newly minted “For God Is With Us” beat out an incredible mix of heavy hitters, including @Anne Wilson’s “My Jesus,” @Brandon Lake and @Jenn Johnson’s “Too Good To Not Believe,” @CAIN’s “The Commission,” @Casting Crowns’ “Scars in Heaven” and @TobyMac’s “Promised Land.”
Worship Song of the Year: “In Jesus Name (God of Possible),” Katy Nichole
@Anne Wilson wasn’t the only newcomer making her K-LOVE Fan Awards debut in 2022. Fellow female artist @Katy Nichole also graced the K-LOVE Fan Awards stage for the first time that year, swiftly taking home the gold for Worship Song of the Year for TikTok viral sensation “In Jesus Name (God of Possible).” Additionally, the breakout artist delivered a memorable performance of her debut single live from the K-LOVE Fan Awards stage.
Breakout Single: “My Jesus,” Anne Wilson
Not only was @Anne Wilson named Female Artist of the Year, but she also left with top honors for Breakout Single for “My Jesus.” The new singer/songwriter dedicated both wins to her late brother, Jacob, whose story can’t be separated from her debut single or the trajectory of her music career. After Jacob was tragically killed in a car accident several years ago, Wilson sang publicly for the first time at his funeral, hearing a clear call from God to pursue music professionally.
Sports Impact: Tim Tebow
2022 Sports Impact recipient Tim Tebow is a two-time National Championship winner, a first-round NFL draft pick and a former baseball player. The son of missionary parents, he’s also a four-time “New York Times” bestselling author, speaker and football analyst. However, he’s most passionate about his work with the Tim Tebow Foundation, which hosts Night To Shine “prom” events for mentally challenged kids in countries around the world each year and works with a variety of organizations in the areas of orphan care, children’s medical initiatives and human trafficking.
Film/Television Impact: “American Underdog”
“American Underdog,” a movie based on the life of professional football player Kurt Warner, took home the 2022 Film/Television Impact trophy. The Erwin Brothers’ award-winning biopic, inspired by the real-life struggles of the unlikely NFL MVP, was a movie about football, but more importantly, it was a movie about family. Warner’s story of perseverance played out on the silver screen proving that miracles transpire when you don’t give up on your dreams.
Book Impact: “The Way of the Father,” Michael W. Smith
@Michael W. Smith won the second K-LOVE Fan Award of his career when fans voted him the 2022 Book Impact recipient for “The Way of the Father,” dedicated to his dad. An emotional Smith took the mic to thank his late father for all the lessons he taught him, which he shared in the pages of his K-LOVE Books debut. The Christian music icon previously won his inaugural K-LOVE Fan Award in 2021 when “Waymaker” earned him Worship Song of the Year honors.
Podcast of the Year: “WHOA That’s Good,” Sadie Robertson Huff
Making its debut in 2022, the brand new category of Podcast of the Year saw Sadie Robertson Huff win the golden ‘K’ for her popular podcast, “WHOA That’s Good.” Since her early days on “Duck Dynasty,” the on-fire believer has become a powerful voice for her generation, writing books, speaking at conferences and hosting a podcast that all point people to Jesus.
Don’t miss the 2023 K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend, May 26-28, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. Visit klovefanawards.com for more info.