Joyous Celebration withdraws their nomination from the Metro FM Awards

By Faeza
16 February 2017

Multi award-winning gospel group Joyous Celebration has withdrawn from competing in this year’s Metro FM Music Awards.

Joyous Celebration was nominated for the Best Urban Gospel Album for their album Joyous 20, but just over a week before the glamourous ceremony begins, the group wished to withdraw from their nomination.

In a statement released by the group to explain their sudden change of heart:

"As many may know we are all about the growth and development of up-and-coming artists which is our main reason for not entering music awards other than the DVD sales category at the SAMAs.

"Joyous Celebration feel that the gospel genre would be better served by passing the baton on to the new and exciting emerging gospel acts out of South Africa currently," the statement read.

The group will instead be performing in Lesotho on the night of the awards.

The group was nominated alongside Dr Tumi for his album Love & Grace, Lebo Sekgobela  for his album Restored, We Will Worship for their album Mmuso and Khaya Mthethwa for his album The Dawn.