Gospel stars crowned at awards

Winners shine at the Crown Gospel Awards.
Winners shine at the Crown Gospel Awards.
Originally published in The New Age
The Crown Gospel Awards took place on Sunday night at the Durban ICC. Acclaimed as South Africa’s largest gospel awards, the event hosted local and international Gospel music artists, saluting musicians for their great works and contributions in the Gospel Music Industry.

Attended by some of the most celebrated gospel stars and celebrities, the glamorous red carpet event was graced with moving performances from some of the best gospel singers, including Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Thembisile Ntaka, Sharon D, Jabu Hlongwane, Mabongi Tshama, Sipho Kaleni, Loyiso Gola, Sifiso Ncwane, Double Double crooner and Uche Ugo.

Stealing the spotlight over the 33 categories was Betusile Mcinga, who walked away with Best Gospel Song with over 63,000 votes for Zundithwala, Andileka Majola took home two awards for Best Male Artist and Best Gospel Artist.

Nigeria’s Sammie Oksposo earned the Best of Africa Gospel Artist award, and the Lifetime achievement award went to Pastor Derrick Nzimande.

Some of the crowned lifetime achievers over the years include Rebecca Malope, Benjamin Dube, Sizwe Zako, Lindelani Mkhize, Sipho Makhabane.

See list of winners below.

Best Traditional Gospel –Veliswa Skeyi

Best Female Artist –Thobekile Mkhwanazi
Best Gospel Song –Betusile Zundithwale
Best Gospel Artist –Andileka Majola
Best of Africa Gospel Artist– Sammie Okposo
Best Newcomer –Betusile Zundithwale
Best Gospel Group –Spirit of Praise Vol. 5
Best Male Gospel Artist –Andileka Majola

Best Gospel Songwriter –Thulani Ga Ndlela
Best Pop Gospel –Loyiso Bala (Power Love Sound)
The Lifetime Achievement Award –Pastor Derrick Nzimande
Best Gospel Contemporary Song –Ushilo Wena
Best Gospel praise song –We Praise by Chumani Ngojo Ngojo

Best Gospel Collaboration –Thinahungu (feat. Dumi Mkokstad) Fear Not
Best Gospel Collaboration –Thinah Zungu (feat. Dumi Mkokstad) Fear Not
Best Gospel DVD –Word And Life – Freedom
Best Gospel R&B –Rudzani Netshilata – St Handwa
Best Gospel Amazion (solo/group) –Joyous of God Mass Choir Liyo Sulwa
Best Gospel Poetry –Nokwethemba Mchunu – Joyous Celebration 18

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