Gospel dancehall artist Chozenn was one of the big winners at the 2022 Sterling Gospel Music Awards (SGMA) Diamond Celebration, which was performed on Saturday at The Ambassadors, located on Hagley Park Road in Kingston.
He won two awards, including Male Artist of the Year and Local Hit of the Year with jesus rock, for which Rohan Rankine won the award for best local producer of the year. Pastor Courtney Morrison and gospel star Kevin Downswell received the awards on behalf of Chozenn, who has been overseas since getting married last summer.
GRATEFUL AND HUMBLE
Talk to The Gleaner, after hearing news of his awards, Chozenn said he was grateful and honored to be named Artist of the Year, but also knew the awards show was supported as he had come to expect each time. staging.
“The joy I feel is inexplicable, I never thought the day would come [when] I would see my mentor, brother and friend Kevin Downswell receive an award on my behalf,” Chozenn said. “It is the most humiliating experience of my life. [I’m] Also celebrating my son’s 16th birthday here, I just give God all the glory and honor. To all other nominees, hi to you…we are one and represent our Lord and Saviour; no competition here in the kingdom. And to my Sterling Awards family, bless you all, heart of love.
Petra-Kaye Linton, Artist of the Year 2021, has humbly accepted the award for Female Artist of the Year. She shared her gratitude from the moment her name was announced to her as she took the stage.
Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, who officially endorsed the event, in his opening speech described the SGMA as “a different type of gospel event “. He shared that he made a last-minute wardrobe change to fit in.
The music awards show, dubbed the “Caribbean’s premier gospel community awards show,” returned for its sixth staging with a Grammy-style production that exceeded all expectations – from the red carpet segment, where the first 100 guests to arrive received special prize packages to personalities selected to host and present the prizes. Also noteworthy was the line of performers, most of whom had the audience on their feet to sing praises.
To coincide with Jamaica’s 60th Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the SGMA has focused on excellence over the past 60 years, where several outstanding veterans and professionals have been honored for their contributions to the Jamaican diamond industry. gospel music. The ceremony was co-hosted by Nadine Blair and Nigel Wilkinson – the latter who received the biggest surprise – having been honored with the Sterling Award for Excellence in the performance of his duties as presenter.
Wilkinson, who has been broadcasting for nearly four decades, including 29 on Love 101 FM for the first time, was left speechless. There were 10 other winners for excellence in musicality. The recipients were Patrick Kitson, Othneil Lewis, Paul Barclay, Delroy ‘Dellie’ Thomas, Jon Williams, Rohan Reid, Sam Wisdom, Dr Noel Willis, Karl Gibson and Rhon Matthison. The presentations were made by Andrei Roper, Brand Manager Restaurants of Jamaica. Having experienced life-changing events a few years ago, Barclay, bandleader and founder of Katalys Crew, known for his extensive production, mixing and mastering skills, said the awards show exceeded expectations and that he could not have been more honoured. , even just to be present as a member in the audience.
Other big winners of the night included DJ Nicholas, who won Album of the Year for Abnormal decibels and Collab of the Year for his collaboration with Sherwin Gardner titled Mek Ah Path. Ava-Gay Blair Black also received two awards, one for the highest rated radio show for gospel light and Evangelical Person of the Year. Mykal Malachi won EP of the Year for Rise to greatnessPrince Saj won Breakout Sensation of the Year, Orville Sutherland won first prize for Video of the Year for nothing but blood, and Samuel Medas took home honors as Caribbean Artist of the Year. Meanwhile, Maverick City received the International Entertainer of the Year. Although the Event DJ of the Year award was missing during the virtual staging, it returned and was awarded to DJ Rebirth.
TEARS OF JOY
After a two-year hiatus from physical circles, overwhelmed with support, founder and Gospel Music Awards organizer Basillia Barnaby-Cuff couldn’t hold back tears of joy. “I’m on top of the world and so grateful to God that we managed to pull it off,” Barnaby-Cuff said in her interview after the evening’s program.
“Imagine, we had planned another virtual staging for July, but at the last minute we pushed it to October in order to have a physical event. I believe that, like me, the team and all of our guests were thrilled to return to the same space with everyone else to adore and celebrate the hard work and ministries of each of our honorees,” she added.
Two of the most memorable performances were Barbara Witter, better known as Saxgurl Barb, making bodies sway and move under her convincing, soft strokes, and that of Levy’s Heritage (who are the group’s third SGMA winners from the year), later followed by their father, gospel veteran Lubert Levy. The three siblings never got out of sync when they harmonized on stage. The show also featured performances from Leonel Teape, Orville Sutherland, Rian Davis, Petra-Kaye Linton and Rhoda Isabella.
The evening ended before the clock struck midnight, but not before Music Minister Kevin Downswell was able to return to the stage to offer his blessings and ask that everyone join hands in powerful prayer. .