The Crown Gospel Awards make a return

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The founder of The Crown Gospel Awards says this year shines the spotlight on newcomers.
The founder of The Crown Gospel Awards says this year shines the spotlight on newcomers.
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The show must go on. The Crown Gospel Awards are back and ready to celebrate artists, groups and producers who've kept the praise and worship going in good and bad times. 

The awards are in their 14th year now and even though the pandemic slowed down the celebrations, the music hasn't stopped and now they are ready to celebrate music excellence in gospel. 

The 14th Annual Crown Gospel Music Awards have unveiled the nominees for 2021 via social media live streaming, hosted by founder and Executive producer Zanele Mbokazi-Nkambule. 

“We are grateful for the number of entries received to attest to the growth of the Crowns Gospel Music Awards,” Zanele says. 

“It is time to celebrate the gift of music and honour the outstanding work by the Gospel industry. Fans can show support and stand behind their favourite artists by voting for music that touched their souls.” 

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This year, Nqubeko Mbatha, Xolisa Kwinana made it to the list of nominees. Ndi Vhone Ndila singer Takie Ndou bagged six nominations followed by Ayanda Ntanzi and Xolly Mncwango with five nominations each. 

The newcomer category sees Gershom Mtimane, Kgaogelo Kekane, Xolly Mncwango, and Icebolakhe Lingenjwe turning up the volume top to claim a crown.

Voting lines have been opened and Gospel fans can cast their votes by sending their favourite artist’s nominee code to 34062. SMSes are charged at R1.50 per vote and one can vote as many times as they like.

The awards will then be broadcasted on 28 November 2021 on SABC 2 at 20:00 and streamed on YouTube and Facebook platforms.

Here is the full list of the 14th Annual Crown Gospel Music Awards 2021 Nominees:

  1. BEST GOSPEL PRODUCER ALBUM

NQUBEKO MBATHA

ACCORDING TO GRACE (AYANDA NTANZI)

TAKIE NDOU

THE GREAT REVIVAL (TAKIE NDOU)

SAM NGONYAMA

INDUMISO YETENDE

BONGANI NKOSI

ANOTHER LEVEL OF GRACE UPON GRACE (CANAAN NYATHI)

2.     BEST GOSPEL ITENDE

INDUMISO YETENDE

ANGINGEDWA

SGWILI ZUMA

JESU WEHLA

ICEBO LAKHE LINGEVINJWE

FUZULA

TSHWANE GOSPEL CHOIR

IMIQHELE

 3.     BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

AYANDA NTANZI

ACCORDING TO GRACE

TAKIE NDOU

THE GREAT REVIVAL

XOLLY MNCWANGO

JESUS IS ENOUGH

TSHWANE GOSPEL CHOIR

THE PROMISED REVIVAL

4.     BEST GOSPEL CLASSIC OF ALL TIMES

GLORY OF THE LAST DAYS

NGIZOLIBONGA

TEBS DAVID

FAITHFUL

THOBEKILE

ITS A WONDERFUL DAY

SANELE NGCOBO

YEBO BAKITHI

 5.     BEST AMAZION (VOTING CATEGORY)

FELLOWSHIP OF GOD MINISTRIES

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY

CROWN 1

THE HOLLY NAZARETH EKUKHANYENI

SILIFUNDIWE IZWI

CROWN 2

ABAHLABELELI BAKAMOYA

NIKELANI IMIZIMBA

CROWN 3

ABADUMISI BEVANGELI

APHAKAMA AMAZULU

CROWN 4

 6.     BEST COMMUNITY RADIO GOSPEL SHOW (VOTING CATEGORY)

NJABULO MPUNGOSE- NQUBEKO FM

IYAHAMBA LENQOLA

CROWN 5

TUMELO NKUNA-VOICE OF HOPE FM

MORNING GLORY BREAKFAST SHOW

CROWN 6

SABATA MALELEKA- MADIBENG FM

BOKAMOSO SHOW

CROWN 7

LEFA PHETHA- THETHA FM

LESOLO LA JEHOVAH

CROWN 8

NQUBEKO NDLELA- NONGOMA FM

INQOLA KA BHOMBELA

CROWN 9

ABRAHAM SHIYANI- ZIBONELE FM

KUYENZEKA RADIO SHOW

CROWN 10 

7.     BEST WORSHIP SONG

XOLISA KWINANA

SITHI BAYEDE

KENEILOE HOPE

THORISO

JABULILE JAY

THINA IMIHLA NGEMIHLA

XOLLY MNCWANGO

WATSWANELEHA 

8.     BEST GOSPEL PRAISE SONG

LUNGELO HLONGWANE

SENGIYABALA NKOSI

AYANDA NTANZI

NGIYAPHUMELELA

LONDIWE NXUMALO

NGENZELWE ISIMANGA

SBU BANDA

PAPA GOD OF MIRACLES

 9.     BEST GOSPEL ACAPPELA

ABAKHETHWA GOSPEL SINGERS

KUSUK ‘EMANDULO

UMLAZI GOSPEL CHOIR

MOYA WENKOSI

JTG GOSPEL CHOIR

SODOMA NEGOMORA

NUZ VOICES

SIMILAPHA NKOSI

10.       BEST GOSPEL CLAP AND TAP

MANDLETHU GOSPEL SINGERS

IZWI LAKHO

INGQAYIZIVELE GOSPEL CHOIR

KE BUSWA KE MOYA

LEJWE LA MOTHEO

KOKOTA

TEMPLE OF GOD

JESU LIDWALA

TSHIDI CHAUKE

LEKUNUTUNG LE MORENA

 

11.        BEST GOSPEL JAZZ SONG

SIYA NDLOVU

NKOSI NGENZE

BRA BUSHI

AKUKHO OKUNYE

NEO KOMANE

EN ROUTE TO EMMAUS

CLAUDS

THIS IS LOVE

12.      BEST COMMERCIAL/PBS RADIO GOSPEL SHOW (VOTING CATEGORY)

BROWN MOSIAPOA- MOTSWEDING FM

RORISANG

CROWN 11

PHINDY P- UKHOZI FM

ULIBO LOKUQALA

CROWN 12

 13.     BEST GOSPEL RAP SONG

MELISA SIBAYA

UYINKOSI

BUTCH CASSIDY

FAITHFUL ALWAYS

ATCHAAR

GOD ARE LISTENING

 14.     BEST ENGINEER

JOB THAKO (TAKIE NDOU)

NGIYAVUMA

AARON NKOSI (ZAZA)

SHRUBS OF CHRONICAL

SHAYNE KISTENSAMY (CRYSTAL TRYON)

VUKA UKHANYE

MARK MONTGOMERY (GODFREY MAHLANGU)

MODIMO WA TSEBA

 15.     BEST GOSPEL SONG WRITER

TAKIE NDOU

WHO AM I

JABULILE JAY

MY EVERYTHING

CRYSTAL TRYON

VUKA UKHANYE

BHEKI SIBUSISO LANGA (TSHWANE GOSPEL CHOIR)

THROUGH IT ALL

 16.     BEST OF AFRICA GOSPEL

MINISTER MICHAEL MAHENDERE- ZIMBABWE

NDINOUDA PKOMA

TSEPO LESOLE-BOTSWANA

I WILL WAIT

CROSS UGO 2V- NIGERIA

GODS ABILITY

JENET MANYOWA- ZIMBABWE

MANY BLESSINGS

 17.     BEST GOSPEL COLLABORATION


IAN CALF FT THINAH ZUNGU

JESU NGUWE

KENNY SHIBAMBU FT RHOFHIWA & JANNICE

WHEN THE SPIRIT MOVE

MALUSI MBOKAZI FT ABANQOBI

EMIHLENI KA HERODI

SBU BANDA FT TAKESURE

NGAMBULELE 

18.     BEST CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL SONG

ESIHLE SIWELA

INGEYAKHO

CLAUDS

IDENTITY

SHAUN P

JESUS THE CENTRE

BUSHBUCKRIDGE WORSHIP EXPLOSION

NGITHUME NKOSI

 19.     BEST TRADITIONAL GOSPEL

UMZUMBE INSPIRATONAL CHOIR

BAYEDE NGONYAMA

PAUL K

SEFAPANONG

JUMBO

WENA NKOSI UYAZI

GOFREY MAHLANGU

LENTSWE

 20.     BEST GOSPEL MUSIC VIDEO


PAUL K

SEFAPANONG

CRYSTAL TRYON

VUKA UKHANYE

GERSHOM NTIMANE

ITHEMBA LAM

LWAZI KHUZWAYO

JESUS I LOVE YOU

 21.     BEST GOSPEL DVD

KENNY SHIBAMBU

THE STORY OF GRACE

TSHWANE GOSPEL CHOIR

THE PROMISED REVIVAL

CANNAN NYATHI

ANOTHER LEVEL OF GRACE UPON GRACE

MALUSI MBOKAZI

THE REVELATION

 22.       BEST NEW COMER

GERSHOM MTIMANE

ITHEMBA LAMI

KGAOGELO KEKANE

ZIBONAKALISE

XOLLY MNCWANGO

HEALING POWER

ICEBOLAKHE LINGEVINJWE

NEFA LETHU

23.     BEST COMMUNITY OUTREACH – ARTIST/GROUP

DI BRUIN GOSPEL PROJECT

GERSHOM NTIMANE

TAKIE NDOU

CRYSTAL TRYON

24.     BEST GOSPEL GROUP

UMLAZI GOSPEL CHOIR

MESSAGE FROM A BROKEN JAR

INDUMISO YETENDE

MIGHTY ROOTED VOICES

  25.     BEST FEMALE GOSPEL ARTIST

PS SEBE NZUZA

THOBEKILE

XOLLY MNCWANGO

KGAOGELO KEKANA

 26.     BEST GOSPEL MALE ARTIST

AYANDA NTANZI

TAKIE NDOU

TEBOHO MOLOI

CANAAN NYATHI

 27.     BEST GOSPEL SONG (VOTING CATEGORY)

XOLLY MCWANGO

HEALING POWER

CROWN 13

PS SEBE NZUZA

NAWE UNGAMTHATHA

CROWN 14

AYANDA NTANZI

BASUKA

CROWN 15

JUMBO

WENA NKOSI UYAZI

CROWN 16

28.     BEST GOSPEL ARTIST (VOTING CATEGORY)

AYANDA NTANZI

CROWN 17

TAKIE NDOU

CROWN 18

CANNAN NYATHI

CROWN 19


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