There is so much artistry and creativity to be excited about here in the UK and around the world. This month aStepFWD has decided to support the amazing ongoing work by NewReleaseToday and their WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS which celebrates Christian music every year. Read more from NRT below:
Christian music has come a long way. From church hymnals to the Jesus Movement to Jesus-loving dubstep and hip-hop, we are witness to an explosion of expressions of Jesus in modern music.
In Spring 2012, the folks behind NewReleaseToday — the largest Christian music site online — started asking some “what if” questions. What if we started an awards show? What if we celebrated the best of a given calendar year? What if we had some unorthodox categories? What if the fans had a say in who took home the trophies?
We love Christian music. And chances are, if you’re reading this, you do, too. From the worship songs sung by millions on Sunday morning to the niche genres that surprise even the most seasoned mainstream music fans, to the crossover artists making an impact on the Top 40 charts, there is much to love about Christian music these days.
The WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS is a chance for those of us who create, share and appreciate faith-based music to celebrate the achievements and innovation of that which we love.
SO, WHAT’S DIFFERENT?
We’re not the only Christian music awards on the block, it’s true. But we believe we offer something different to the Christian music landscape.
For starters, we’re powered by the fans of Christian music. And because the fans have a voice, there’s bound to be some campaigning, which furthers our main goal of spreading Christian music—the subject of it, Jesus Christ—to new audiences.
An awards show for the digital age, the WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS is leading the way in making full use of the online tools available, including social media, digital video, online voting and more. It’s powered by the largest online community of Christian music enthusiasts, NewReleaseToday, and so it carries a considerable knowledge and fan base already accustomed to the digital frontier.
Our awards aren’t like awards at other shows, either. We wanted to turn the awards show on its head, so while we do have the expected general categories like Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, we have some categories that just aren’t done like EP of the Year, The BPM Award (Best Electronic/Dance Album of the Year), and The Next Big Thing (Best Emerging Artist), among others.
The nomination criteria is pretty simple, too. The artists and projects nominated must have been active or created within the show’s preceding calendar year. So, this year’s awards features artists and works created in the 2017 calendar year.
Nominees in each category were determined by the editorial staff of NewReleaseToday. As NRT is the largest, industry-leading Christian music site, we trusted our staff’s widespread knowledge of the industry and individual projects to arrive at the best five nominees in each category.
Voting for the 6th Annual WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS runs from Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, to Friday, Jan. 26, 2017. Winners are chosen by fan vote. All voting takes place online at WeLoveAwards.com
Stay tuned to learn more about the winner announcements!
So what are you waiting for? Get your votes in today!