Originally published in Sowetan
Dr Tumi dominated at Sunday night’s 9th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards at the ICC in Durban by taking five trophies, including the coveted Song of the Year for his hit Nothing Without You.
The medical doctor-turned-musician was almost out of words each time he was called up to receive yet another award.
Lebo Sekgobela took the Best Female Artist award.
Earlier on Sunday, streets in Durban were buzzing as gospel stars scrambled for last-minute votes from fans.
Nominees in the tough best gospel artist category, Andile KaMajola, Sfiso Ncwane and Dumi Mkokstad, were all over the streets before the big night, urging the public to vote for them.
The full list of Crowns winners is:
Best Gospel Album
Love and Grace – Dr Tumi
Best Gospel Artist
Best Gospel Song
Nothing without You – Dr Tumi
Best Gospel Producer
Dr Tumi for Love & Grace (Dr Tumi)
Best Gospel Rock
Adrian Singh – All the Glory
Best Church Choir
3 C – How Great
Best Gospel DVD
Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn
Best Gospel Maskandi
Qhosha Ngokwenza Kwakhe – Ngisebenzele
Best Gospel Amazion
Zion City Ministries – Sidle Naye
Best Gospel Acapella
Ithimba Le Afrika – Umusa Kankulunkulu
Best Gospel Group
Glory Of The Last Days
Best Gospel Contemporary
Vula – Khaya Mthethwa
Best Gospel Newcomer
Xolani Sithole – Calvary Encounter
Classic of All Times
Bapa Le Nna – Teboho Moloi
Best Gospel Praise
This Is Your Glory – Swazi Dlamini
Best Gospel Male Artist
Best Gospel Female Artist