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The eagerly anticipated 16th Crown Gospel Music Awards was officially announced in a glittering all white party in Sandton. An auspicious event indeed, with worship, glamour, and fireworks. More than 300 gospel artists, producers and media gathered to witness the unique, all-white party event.
As one of the many exciting programmes by the World Gospel Powerhouse, these awards celebrate, promote, and reward excellence in the gospel music genre in South Africa and across the globe.
The events manager at Mirror PR & Events, Nonjabulo Mdluli, reiterated that it was one of their best inaugural events as Gospel Dreams. Gauteng Gospel talent search grand finale was combined with the Crown awards 2023 nominations in one event.
Crowns executive producer, Zanele Mbokazi also highlighted that Tebs David, 3C Live, Jumbo, Dumi Mkokstad, Sbu Noah, Omega, Butho Vuthela and Canaan Nyati are amongst the artists nominated in big categories.
“I am excited with the new faces that made it to the nominees list. It’s a demonstration that the industry is growing. The competition in the big two categories, best gospel artist and best gospel song is fierce, and we urge fans to vote,” added Mbokazi.
Omega Kenou, Andile Majola, Canaan Nyathi, Jumbo Nyangiwe, Tebs David are among the artists in the best gospel artist category. Tebs David with Makabongwe, Butho Vuthela with Ethembeni Bambelela, Ntokozo Ngongoma with Izindlela Zakhe, Nathi Sithole with Baba Mlondolozi and Jumbo Nyangiwe with Makabongwe uJesu were nominated in the best gospel song category.
Voting lines for your favourite artist officially opened on Monday, October 16th.
The MEC of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Morakane Mosupyoe, was among the all-white party attendees.
“As Gauteng, we are honoured to host the Crowns. I am blown away by the level of excellence displayed here and the talent that has been on stage. As Gauteng, we would really love to keep the Crowns for another 7 years”.
Several other celebrities including Winnie Ntshaba, Sophie Ndaba and Mcdonald Ndou were spotted.
Tickets for the Crown Gospel Music Awards can be found at TicketPro and Spar supermarkets. The event will take place in a beautiful dome marquee at the FNB Stadium on November 26th.
The Nominees are as follows:
|CATEGORY||ARTIST AND SONG|
|BEST GOSPEL JAZZ SONG||LETIA – Take It To The Lord SWAZI|
Holy Ghost Outpouring CLAUDS – I wont Fear
|BEST GOSPEL ACAPELLA||JTG GOSPEL CHOIR – Bek’ithemba Lakho Kuye|
REALITY 7 – Baba
JEHOVA PRAISE MASS CHOIR – E jesu
YITHI LABA GOSPEL SINGERS – Thandaza
|BEST GOSPEL RAP||AB CENTRAL – Indoda Must Pray|
VOVEE AND LG – Praying For Africa
MILLI THE SHEPHERD – Restore My Soul
|BEST COMMUNITY OUTREACH||GODFREY MAHLANGU AMAWELE|
|BEST COMMUNITY RADIO STATION||TAMBO FM – Buseka Nomandla|
SIYATHUTHUKA FM – Siphelele Ncebo Myeni
NQUBEKO COMMUNITY RADIO – Sbonelo Mbatha
IMBOKODO FM – OPULENCE RADIO – Angel Poe
|BEST GOSPEL TV SHOW||AMAHUBO-URBAN BREW|
WOMEN WITH PURPOSE – ONE GOSPEL
IMVUSELELO – DUMISA HELLO MAMORUTI – GOSPEL LIFESTYLE ZION RELOADED -1KZN
UMTHOMBO – SOWETO TV
|BEST GOSPEL PRODUCER ALBUM||3C LIVE|
|BEST GOSPEL NEWCOMER||SIBUSISO NZIMA REVELATION WORSHIP MUZI ZIMU SOSO SONWABO MAHOLWANE VUYILE MBONISWA NDUMISO ZUNGU|
|CLAP AND TAP||TRUE FAITH FULL GOSPEL CHOIR|
FULL GOSPEL HOLY CHOIR
ISAAC AND THE MIGHTY MESSANGERS
SPIRITUAL GOSPEL CHOIR
|BEST AMAZIONI||JEHOVA PRAISE MASS CHOIR|
KING THE DAVID
BHEKANI KING MNCUBE
|BEST GOSPEL ITENDE||LONDIWE SPHE NXUMALO – Uphakeme kakhulu|
JUMBO – Makabongwe Jesu
SINDISWA MASEKO – Umoya Ka jehova
|BEST GOSPEL VIDEO||BULELANI NDEBELE SBU BANDA KING D MUSIC DR EXCEL|
|BEST GOSPEL COLLABORATION||TRUE FAITH FULL GOSPEL CHOIR|
FULL GOSPEL HOLY CHOIR
ISAAC AND THE MIGHTY MESSENGERS
SPIRITUAL GOSPEL CHOIR
|BEST GOSPEL LIVE RECORDING||GERSHOM NTIMANE DUMI MKOKSTAD TEBS DAVID BONI MALEKE|
|BEST GOSPEL GROUP||3C LIVE TEMBISA GOSPEL GROUP GO EXPLO DI BRUIN|
|BEST GOSPEL WORSHIP SONG||COLLEEN MALULEKE – Song of breakthrough 3C LIVE – Communion with the King GO EXPLO – Ufanel’udumo SONWABO – Bayede DR EXCEL – Have your Way|
|BEST OF AFRICA GOSPEL ARTIST||EVERTON MLALAZI – ZIMBABWE SESAME – BOTWSANA TSEPO LESOLA – BOTSWANA OV PRINCE – NIGERIA|
|BEST TRADITIONAL GOSPEL SONG||LOMBARD MATSHINGE – Jehova Shammah ROFHIWA MANYANGA – Johane 14 BUTHO VUTHELA – Ethembeni Bambelela JONAS MASOTLA – Kena Kena QINISO NSELE – Ngokhala Kubani SBU BANDA – Sine Gama CANAAN NYATHI – Ungu Jehova|
|BEST GOSPEL SONG WRITER||3C LIVE – Power In The Blood ANDILE KAMAJOLA – SEKUDLULE KONKE DUMI MKOKSTAD – VUMBELIMNANDI GUNDO NEMEKULA – U MUKHETHWA|
|CLASSIC OF ALL TIME||ANDILE KAMAJOLA – NGENDLALA INDUMISO GA NDLELA – UKHONA UMOYA ONGWELE BABO – AMATSHE THOBEKILE – WONDERFUL DAY JOSEPH TSHAWANA – XIHANYA NOMU|
|BEST CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL SONG||JABULILE J – MIRACLE WORKER KING D – MIRACLE PHINDY P – NGOBAMBELELA MNQOBI NXUMALO – MOST HOLY ONE SBU NOAH – MALIFEZEKE FRANK AND I – FORGIVEN|
|BEST GOSPEL PRAISE SONG||TEBS DAVID – MAKABONGWE|
3C LIVE – YOU ARE
MNQOBI NXUMALO – MOST HOLY ONE
GERSHOM – JESO O TSHEPEHILE
|BEST GOSPEL FEMALE ARTIST||LONDIWE KAMASONDO|
LONDIWE SPHE NXUMALO
|BEST GOSPEL MALE ARTIST||ROFHIWA MANYAGA|
XOLISA KWINANA CANAAN NYATHI DUMI MKOKSTAD TEBS DAVID
|BEST GOSPEL ALBUM||3 C LIVE – COMMUNION WITH THE KING KING D – PERFECT LOVE COLEEN MALULEKE – WORD PRAYER WORSHIP DUMI MKOKSTAD – THE OVERFLOW GCWALA KIMI|
|BEST GOSPEL ARTIST||OMEGA KENOU|
JUMBO NYANGIWE TEBS DAVID
|BEST GOSPEL SONG||TEBS DAVID – MAKABONGWE|
BUTHO VUTHELA – ETHEMBENI BAMBELELA
NTOKOZO NGONGOMA – IZINDLELA ZAKHE
NATHI SITHOLE – BABA MLONDOLOZI
JUMBO NYANGIWE – MAKABONGWE UJESU