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Premier Gospel Awards 2022: Amazing List – and an Amazing Miss?

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!). Overlooked 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 … Continue reading Premier Gospel Awards 2022: Amazing List – and an Amazing Miss?

#MOBOGospel Part 4 – Lady T’s Thoughts on The MOBO Gospel 2014 Nominees (Podcast)

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MOBO 2014 – The UKGospel.com Specials

So, it’s that time of the year again. The MOBOs roll back into town for 2014, returning to the Big Smoke for the first time in years, with the event taking place on October 22nd.

And you can bet your house (or rented accommodation) that the ‘whos’, ‘hows’, and ‘whys’ in response to the announced nominations will – pretty much inevitably – not be that far behind.

What is it about the UK’s biggest Black music awards that completely polarises opinion across the board..?

In the fourth instalment of our special #MOBOGospel series Yinka Awojobi catches up team member Lady T for her take on the 2014 nominees

It got a bit heated.

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What’s The Point Of The MOBOs..?

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MOBO 2014 – The UKGospel.com Specials

So, it’s that time of the year again.  The MOBOs roll back into town for 2014,  returning to the Big Smoke for the first time in years, with the event taking place on October 22nd.

And you can bet your house (or rented accommodation) that the ‘whos’, ‘hows’, and ‘whys’ in response to the announced nominations will – pretty much inevitably – not be that far behind.

What is it about the UK’s biggest Black music awards that completely polarises opinion across the board..?

Continue reading “What’s The Point Of The MOBOs..?”

Miss Kerr, the MOBOs and Migrating from UK Gospel…

I’m happy to admit I found 2012’s MOBO Gospel category difficult to call.

The one thing MOBO Awards is pretty much guaranteed to do with Gospel every year is generate consternation and anger (even outrage) among those who feel they have their finger sitting much more firmly on the industry’s pulse than the folks at MOBO HQ.

Get it Wrong

And – almost inevitably – it would seem MOBO ‘get it wrong’ every year.

Still, as an observer myself I’m always interested to see how people with no direct connection to our industry understand and interpret it. There’s much benefit in seeing things from an outsiders’ perspective.

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And – finally – I’d Like to Thank God…

Sometime in September Miss Tobi sent me the tweet congratulating me on the nomination.

It was the first I heard of it.  As it turned out, I’d been nominated in the ‘Best Radio Personality’ category for the 2012 Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTAs).

I was shocked.  As in ‘stunned, but very pleasantly surprised’.  Pretty much the very same reaction I had when my first-ever nomination came in for the same category in last year’s BEFFTAs.

I didn’t win of course, but – cliché time – it felt fantastic just to be nominated.

To put this into some sort of context, I’d only been doing radio for about two years when that first nomination came in…

Special

What makes this whole thing special for me is the fact that I’m nominated in an ‘open’ category, not a ‘Gospel’ one…

And yes, while that might (possibly) sound like a contradiction in evangelical terms to some people (do refrain from hurling your stones of righteous indignation, and leave them in their pouches a minute longer), from my point of view it means I’m being assessed via the same yardstick as people in mainstream radio – from places like the BBC and Choice FM, to mention just two.

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News: Guvna B is the UMA Gospel Winner

Guvna B has just been announced as the winner of the gospel category in the Urban Music Awards, with management team-mate Yolanda Brown picking up the ‘Best Jazz’ award in a year that has been excellent for their Black Grape management team. Guvna B website Yolanda Brown website Black Grape Website Urban Music Awards website The UMA Gospel category was sponsored by the rather excellent … Continue reading News: Guvna B is the UMA Gospel Winner

News: UMAs Return for 2009 with All-UK Gospel list

Awards Ceremony Back for 2009 with very UK-friendly list The Urban Music Awards (UMAs) return for 2009, retaining their UK-friendly ethos (and shrewd, street-friendly and an almost ‘anti-MOBO’, anti-mainstream approach). Gospel Nominees The gospel nominees list isn’t too bad either: Guvna B receives what will no doubt be a popular nomination, and last year’s winners 29th Chapter (one of the scene’s most consistent Hip-hop groups) … Continue reading News: UMAs Return for 2009 with All-UK Gospel list