Zach Williams was one of the main winners at Friday night's K-LOVE fan music awards, winning Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for his duet "There Was Jesus" with country music legend Dolly Parton. Williams expressed surprise but honor at winning the honors, especially after being absent from fans for nearly a year due to Coronavirus.
Lauren Daigle won Female Artist of the Year. She is known for her debut single, "You Say," that catapulted her to the top of Billboard's Hot Christian Music charts five years ago. On Wednesday, Daigle also won the coveted Top Christian Artist award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Daigle has a history of being one of the top artists on the Christian Adult Contemporary Charts as well, with five number one singles and 14 top 10 hits.
The awards for Artist and Group of the Year were given to For King & Country. Joel Smallbone, one half of KING & COUNTRY, offered his feelings on winning at the K-LOVE music awards in a statement saying, "Seeing the K-LOVE Fan Awards return after a year's hiatus and reuniting with so many familiar faces felt like the great first step back into the live collaborative music world. And I must say, the Grand Ole Opry House was electric." In 2019, For King & Country also placed second on Billboard's year-end charts.
The awards show, which is now in its ninth year, is hosted by Christian radio network K-LOVE and serves as the culmination of their annual "Fan Awards Weekend" in Nashville. For the sixth time, Christian singer Matthew West hosted the show, and he also sang "Truth Be Told" with Carly Pearce.
Other awards were also given for collaborations. Danny Gokey won an award for a collaboration with Evan Craft and Redimi2. Additionally, Kari Jobe collaborated with Cody Carnes and Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Further, Tauren Wells collaborated with Gary LeVox. Finally, Zach Williams and CAIN collaborated together. CAIN, a rising group, won their first K-LOVE award for Breakout Single of the Year (their 2021 single, "Rise Up").
Michael W. Smith, a long-running figure in contemporary Christian music, also won Worship Song of the Year for his rendition of Sinach's "Waymaker."
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