One of the biggest events in South Africa’s annual music calender is the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. It was created by Zanele Mbokazi, a former presenter at popular radio station UKhozi FM and this year’s event has been scheduled for 27 November.
Precluding that, the nominations for this year’s SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are now open and now in its ninth year, the awards promise to be bigger and better.
SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards celebrates outstanding players in the South African gospel music industry, including singers, producers, promoters, writers, managers, radio and TV stations.
The nomination window will be closing on 30 September 2016 and this year, there are 39 categories to nominate into. Last year had featured 37 categories and had seen the organizers introduce the Salt Award, which is given to an individual who is not a gospel musician but is making a difference in South Africa. This year, Best Traditional Gospel Album and Best Gospel Jazz Song were added to make the categories up to 39.
In a statement, creator Zanele Mbokazi said;
“This year will see the inclusion of international gospel acts, addition of unknown and untapped talent and as a norm, the audience will be dancing to popular tunes,”
She added that the awards this year will be preceded by a Christian Expo on 25 to 27 November. SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards is supported by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
Eligibility details for the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards nominations;
- Open to all recording companies, artists, producers, engineers, composers and promoters who are citizens or legal residents of South Africa. The category for best of Africa Gospel is open to all companies and artists, from the entire African continent.
- Works have to have been released in the past 36 months and not have been nominated before in that particular category of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards.
- The Best Classic of All time category entry should be a song that has been in existence at least 7 years back and more counting from the current year and should have been released by the entrant.
- International collaboration and productions are also encouraged to enter, provided that any collaboration is predominantly by South African artist(s) or producer(s) has/have star or equal billing on the release.
The nomination forms can be downloaded on the Crown Gospel Awards website.