Multi-Platinum Selling Band A Top Nominee At
This Weekend's K-LOVE Fan Awards
Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2018) – MercyMe earned a Top Christian Artist win at last night’s 2018 Billboard Music Awards! The top honor marks the first win for the band who has garnered a dozen BBMA nods throughout the course of their career thus far. Additionally, the multi-platinum selling band eclipsed all categories for their genre at this year’s show with recognition in the Top Christian Album (LIFER) and Top Christian Song (“Even If”) categories.
“We never set out to write, make music & tour for an award, but to have Billboard send this honor our way means a great deal to us,” shares the band. “It has been unreal to see the Lord use the power of music and stories to permeate lives. Thank you to Billboard for being so kind to us throughout our career, especially with this award, and thank you to the fans for sharing in this journey with us.”
MercyMe is a top nominee at the upcoming fan-voted 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards with four nominations including Film Impact (for the widely successful blockbuster I Can Only Imagine), Group or Duo of the Year, Song of the Year (“Even If”) and Artist of the Year. The super group will also perform on the show, noting a special performance with Trace Adkins. The 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards will take place on Sun., May 27, capping a weekend full of rare experiences for listeners. Marking the show’s first appearance on television, TBN will broadcast the 2018 K-LOVE FanAwards on Thurs., May 31 at 8 p.m. ET.
“Grace Got You” Feat. John Reuben is the latest MercyMe single to resonate at radio, currently charting in the top 10 at AC Monitored, Christian Airplay and AC Indicator along with top 20 at Hot AC.
The 5X GRAMMY® nominated band wrapped the “MercyMe LIVE” Tour selling out 16 markets including Nashville, Columbus, St. Louis and Minneapolis with Tenth Avenue North and special guest Tim Timmons earlier this year. MercyMe will reprise the line-up with longtime friends Tenth Avenue North for “The Imagine Nation Tour” this fall with 20+ markets on the docket. Visit www.MercyMe.org for the latest.
Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 57 No. 1 multi-format radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC) and “So Long Self.” MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. The album containing the hit, Almost There, recently received triple platinum certification from the RIAA. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry's most notable talents. They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, FOX New Channel's FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more. MercyMe’s eighth studio album, the RIAA Certified Gold Welcome To The New, garnered two GRAMMY® nods and four radio hits. LIFER, their latest chart-topping, GMA Dove Award winning and GRAMMY® nominated album, includes the RIAA certified gold, GRAMMY® nominated smash hit "Even If” which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1.
It continues to be a landmark year for the current GMA Dove Award titled “Artist Of The Year.” A major motion picture based on the life of frontman Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song "I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father opened at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office on Mar. 16, 2018 (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions). Carrying the same name, Millard’s first memoir released last month. I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe is available now. MercyMe was recently named Top Christian Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. The group is a top nominee at the upcoming fan-fueled K-LOVE Fan Awards with four nominations.
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