Joyous Celebration’s MMA16 nomination will not be withdrawn

By Mpho Tshikhudo
16 February 2017

Following the announcement yesterday that award-winning gospel group Joyous Celebration had withdrawn their nomination from the Metro FM Music Awards (MMA16), DRUM has come to learn that the group had been erroneously entered by their record label

Following the announcement yesterday that award-winning gospel group Joyous Celebration had withdrawn their nomination from the Metro FM Music Awards (MMA16), DRUM has come to learn that the group had been erroneously entered by their record label.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told DRUM that the group cannot withdraw their nomination at this stage. “We reached an agreement that they would not withdraw from this year’s event and it must be noted that the SABC did not enter them into the awards. People have already voted, the closing date has passed and the voting process has been completed. If they win they would have won”.

Joyous Celebration was tipped for an award but it seems the group hadn’t intended to be part of the ceremony. In a star-studded event last month, the popular gospel outfit was announced as a nominee for Best Top Urban Gospel Album at the 16th instalment of the award show. Information has now come to light that the group’s record label, Sony Music Entertainment Africa, made a mistake by entering the gospel stars.

The label offered the following explanation in a statement. “The move comes following the erroneous entry of Joyous Celebration into MMA16 by the artist’s record company, Sony Music Entertainment Africa, who has acknowledged that during the process of compiling and submitting artists from their roster into the Metro FM Awards, they mistakenly included Joyous Celebration as an entrant. The label has been supportive of Joyous Celebration’s philosophy of no longer entering awards to allow room for new talent to occupy the space, for several years now, but on this occasion human error resulted in Joyous Celebration unknowingly becoming a nominee until the announcement was made publicly.”

“We weren’t even supposed to be nominated,” Lindelani Mkhize, a member of Joyous Celebration, said. “They [Sony] made a mistake and I respect them for owning up. They weren’t supposed to enter us for the award. It’s a long-standing arrangement we have with them. We aren’t part of the awards, whether it’s the SAMAs, Metros and what have you.”

So why wait to rectify things?

“You’ll have to reach out to Sony on that question but the minute we learnt of our nomination we made them aware that we don’t do awards,” Lindelani responded. “It’s an agreement we’ve had with them for years.

“In the event that we win, our feeling is that the award doesn’t belong to us,” he added “It belongs to the awesome artists who are nominated. If we win, on the night, we will work out a way for the nominees in that category to get what they deserve.”

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