“We never write songs for the awards, but it is not lost on us on what it means to have a song honored with a GRAMMY® nomination,” explains the band. “Thank you to The Recording Academy for recognizing this song. We could not be happier to share this with John Reuben, David Garcia, Ben Glover and Solomon Olds who helped bring the words and sound of this song of hope to life. Congratulations to our many friends commended in this category as well. It is an honor to carry this message alongside each of you.”
MercyMe was heavily found on this year’s Billboard Year-End Charts claiming spots on the following charts – Top Christian Artists (No. 2), Top Christian Albums Charts (No. 3 I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best of MercyMe and No. 7 LIFER), Top Christian Albums Artist (No. 2), Hot Christian Songs (No. 6 “Grace Got You” and No. 9 “I Can Only Imagine”), Hot Christian Songs Artist (No. 4), Christian Airplay Songs (No. 2 “Grace Got You”), Christian Airplay Artists (No. 6), Christian Digital Song Sales (No. 3 “I Can Only Imagine), Christian Digital Song Sales Artist (No. 1), Christian Streaming Songs (No. 10 “Even If”) and Christian Streaming Songs Artist (No. 5).
The GRAMMY® nod caps off a colossal year for the multi-platinum selling band. A major motion picture based on the life of frontman Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song “I Can Only Imagine” (Mar. 16, 2018, Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions) after the loss of his father was a box office smash grossing over 83 million. They were also named Top Christian Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, marking the first win for the band who has garnered a dozen BBMA nods throughout the course of their career thus far. The group took top honors at the fan-fueled 2018 K-LOVE Fan Awards, garnering a win in all nominated categories – Film Impact (for the box office smash I Can Only Imagine), Group or Duo of the Year, Song of the Year for “Even If” and Artist of the Year. MercyMe also took part in the historic Orrin G. Hatch—Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act.
Adding recent wrap of their successful “Imagine Nation Tour.” The resonating trek spanned two months including sold out dates in Indianapolis, Kansas City, San Antonio and more, while selling nearly 10k in one market alone. The 2019 run will kick off in early March. “MercyMe Live at Red Rocks” will find the award winning super group playing the notable Colorado venue on Monday, July 8. Tickets for the show sold out in only a week.
It continues to be a landmark year for the multi-platinum selling MercyMe. 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 also released this year followed by the unveiling of I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe. MercyMe was recently named Top Christian Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, was the top winner at the fan-fueled K-LOVE Fan Awards including a win for Artist of the Year and garnered a seventh AMA nod. The group was the 2017 GMA Dove Award Winner for Artist Of The Year.