Winners in all 24 categories of the 10th Annual We Love Christian Music Awards were announced during the live, 2-hour ceremony that took place at Visible Music College in Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Phil Wickham walked away as the big winner of the evening as fans awarded his latest release, Hymn of Heaven as Album of the Year and Worship Album of the Year, and “House of the Lord” as Worship Song of the Year and Song of the Year. It’s only the second time in the We Love Awards’ decade-long existence that an artist has won both Album and Song of the Year categories.
“This is a special album to me,” Phil said in his acceptance speech. “Every song was just written to preach to my own soul of who I am in Him and how great Jesus is. It’s amazing that this record is doing the same for other people too.”
Other artists winning multiple awards during the evening were Riley Clemmons, who took home Female Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. for KING & COUNTRY taking Music Video of the Year and Pop Song of the Year for “Relate,” and Anne Wilson, who won New Artist of the Year and thanked fans for voting her debut single, “My Jesus,” as Contemporary Song of the Year.
“I’m just so blown away by how God is using my ministry and my music to impact people,” shared Anne. “It’s such an honor that I get to do this and spread His name across the world.”
In addition to celebrating the evening’s winners, there were 14 live and pre-recorded performances from multiple nominated artists and special guests, bookended between sets from comedian Jeff Allen.
A highlight of the evening was welcoming Dr. Alveda King to the stage who accepted the first annual UNITY Award after a special presentation by President Donald J. Trump.
After leading the audience through “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” she encouraged everyone to choose unity over division. “Music has the ability to bring us together. My uncle, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or perish together as fools.’ For everyone who loves Christian music everywhere, thank you so very much for this award. God bless you.”
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS
- Hook Award (Pop Album of the Year): Riley Clemmons Godsend
- PopLITE Award (Pop Contemporary Album of the Year): Newsboys Stand
- Inspo Award (Inspirational Album of the Year): MercyMe inhale (exhale)
- Encounter Award (Worship Album of the Year): Phil Wickham Hymn of Heaven
- Chorus Award (Church Worship Album of the Year): Elevation Worship, Maverick City Music Old Church Basement
- Hype Award (Urban/Rap Album of the Year): Andy Mineo Never Land II
- Amp Award (Rock/Alt. Album of the Year): boiling point Hope Lives Here
- Album of the Year: Phil Wickham Hymn of Heaven
- Live Album of the Year: Michael W. Smith Worship Forever
- EP of the Year: Rhett Walker Gospel Song EP
- Song of the Year: Phil Wickham “House of the Lord”
- Worship Song of the Year: Phil Wickham “House of the Lord”
- Contemporary Song of the Year: Anne Wilson “My Jesus”
- Pop Song of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY “Relate”
- Dance/Remix Song of the Year: NEEDTOBREATHE feat. Carrie Underwood
- Rock Song of the Year: The Letter Black “Born For This”
- Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: Social Club Misfits “Without You”
- Music Video of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY “Relate”
- Male Artist of the Year: Danny Gokey
- Female Artist of the Year: Riley Clemmons
- Group of the Year: Maverick City Music
- New Artist/Group of the Year: Anne Wilson
- The Next Big Thing: Grace Graber
- Mainstream Impact Award: Skillet