The Premier Gospel Awards return after 2 years away with a brilliant 2022 nominee list, celebrating the absolute cream of the UK Gospel music crop
(I don’t envy the voting panel – the nominees are strong across all the categories!).
However: it’s only right to point out that the Street Music category, a segment of the scene that remained vital and vibrant through the pandemic years has been completely (and unfairly) overlooked.
With the absence of names like Konola, Namesbliss, Shardz, KneeMarko and 678 Nath (to mention a small number from a large roster of artists), it feels like an opportunity to showcase an incredibly potent underground movement has been missed.
it’s only right to point out that the Street Music category, a segment of the scene that remained vital and vibrant through the pandemic years has been completely (and unfairly) overlooked.
On the other side of that coin, though: is there a reasonable argument to be made for Premier Gospel being a mainstream brand catering to a slightly older demographic that may not be interested..?
In other words: it’s unlikely to have its finger as closely on the underground pulse as MXRCY, for example.
All things considered it’s still a very respectable nominee lineup (all links to Instagram profiles):
- @VMAndNewYe – ‘I Will Not Fail’
- @CalledOutMusic – ‘Say So’
- @GuvnaB – ‘Say Less’
- @TheSpiritualsMusic – ‘Wade in the Water’
- @SarahTeiboMusic – ‘Secure’
- @BeccaFolkes – ‘Baba’
- @StillShadey – ‘How To Kill A Caterpillar’
- @SharynOfficial – ‘In Full Bloom’
- @SarahTeiboMusic – ‘Restored’
- @RachelKerrMusic – ‘Masterpeace’
- @CalledOutMusic – ‘Come Home’
- @VMAndNewYe – ‘Crossover’
What do you think of this line up? Any of your favourites missing…?