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The biggest local gospel awards show, the Crown Gospel Awards, is no longer accepting entries for consideration.
Although we may not know, at this stage, who has made the cut, we can speculate based on the those artists who released music this year.
From the inside information we received, this year has been the most contested yet, with an incredible 497 entries put forward. The selected entries form the nominees for the sixth installment of this prestigious awards ceremony.
Hosted annually at the Durban International Convention Centre, the Crown Gospel Awards is a partnership between the SABC and the KZN local government.
The event has been a success since its inception more than five years ago and its growth can be measured by the increase in the number of entries each year, with this year being flooded with entries from more newcomers than established artists.
This means the crown is open for anybody to win and annually we are likely to get a batch of fresh faces who will give the usual suspects a run for their money.
Take, for instance, the year that Kgotso Makgalema stepped on the scene fresh off I Want To Sing Gospel. The man reached the Top 10 stage of the TV competition, but he did not win it.
However, as with many of these competitions, the winner fades into oblivion while the runner-ups manage to make something out of their lives.
Makgalema has been this guy and the Crown Gospel Awards have taken notice. He has been a regular nominee and this year will be no different.
Speaking of regulars, Makgalema’s mentor, Solly Mahlangu (pictured), is by far the most successful gospel musician at these awards. Last year alone he was nominated for four awards and although he wanted to win all of them he ended up with three.
When the nominees’ lists comes out, I’ll bet my last R10 that he will be nominated in several categories.
Joyous Celebrations also ensure there is a lot of competition every year. Since they release new music every year without fail, you know they will be in the running, too.
This is the group that pulled out of the South African Music Awards’ nominees list because they were tired of winning and it hurt the group’s members who had solo projects. Yes, they are that good.
Then there is Rebecca Malope, who was so busy with her TV career it saw a slump in her making new music. Given that she released a new album this year and recorded her first live DVD, the queen of gospel is back to sit on her throne and few artists can match her.
Nominees will be announced soon in Joburg. Check Computicket for the availability of tickets.