Lagos-Twenty-nine awards were handed out to some of the best contemporary Gospel artists in Nigeria at the Crystal Gospel Awards 2014 which held on Sunday night at the MUSON Centre, Lagos.
This was the second edition of the awards, and while 24 of the awards were competitive, the rest were "Special Awards’'.
The biggest winners of the night were PITA who won the "Artiste of the Year'' and "Best Praise Song’' and Frank Edwards who received the "Best Male Vocalist'' and "Most Notable Achievement Award’'.
Other Special Awards’ winners are Wole Oni, "Crystal Icon Award’; Sammie Okposo "Lifetime Achievement Award’' and Pastor Joseph Adelakun, "Evergreen Award'' and Omax Eshareturi, "Crystal Humanitarian Award’'.
Lara George received the "Best Female Vocalist'’; Nikki Laoye won the "Best Worship Song'' with Only You; "Song of the Year’' was Morire by Mike Abdul while "Best Group’' was the Tehila Crew.
Other awards are: "Best Rap/Hip Hop'’ won by IBK Spaceshipboi; "Best Choir’' -- Grace Assembly Choir; "Album of the year'' -- Justified by Eben; "Best New Artiste'’ -- Preye and "Best Video -You Are Great by Ayo Vincent featuring Joe Praize.
The "Best Traditional Gospel’' was Okiki Jesu; "Best Producer'’ -- Wilson Joel; "Best Reggae'’ -- Buchi; "Best Video Director'' -- Yinka Davids; "Best On-air Personality’'' -- DJ Gosporella and "Best Male Artiste In Diaspora’' -- Lawrence Ikiri.
More awards were for "Best Female Artiste In Diaspora’' which went to Isabella; "Best Rock’'' -- Joe Praize; "Best Use Of Instrument’' -- Mike Aremu; "Comedian of The Year’' -- Akpororo.
The rest of the awards were ``Best Collaboration’' titled Hail My King by Obiwon featuring Frank Edwards, Eben and Kenny K'ore and "Best Urban/Inspirational'’ titled Badman by Henrisoul.
One of the major highlights of the night was the tribute to the late Kefee by Anny Ibrahim and Nikki Laoye which got many members of the audience emotional.
There were musical performances by Frank Edwards, Okiki Jesu, Tehila Crew, Chika 100% and comedian Akpororo.The event was hosted by Nollywood actress, Doris Simeon and upcoming comedian, Grand Komanda.
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