South African multi award-winning gospel group Joyous Celebration have announced their intention to “step aside” from this year’s Metro FM Music Awards.
The belated decision was taken just over a week before the awards ceremony is set to take place in Durban.
Joyous Celebration was nominated in the Best Urban Gospel Album category for their album Joyous 20. However, the group is insisting that it was a mistake by the group’s record company. According to them, their record label made the error of sending in their album for consideration. Thus, they announced this week that they wished to withdraw their nomination.
The group was nominated alongside Dr Tumi (Love & Grace)‚ Lebo Sekgobela (Restored)‚ We Will Worship (Mmuso) and Khaya Mthethwa (The Dawn) in the same category.
In their statement, the group explained that they withdrew the nomination to give fresh talent a chance.
“As many may know we are all about the growth and development of up-and-coming artists which is our main reason for not entering music awards other than the DVD sales category at the SAMAs.
“Joyous Celebration feel that the gospel genre would be better served by passing the baton on to the new and exciting emerging gospel acts out of South Africa currently‚” the statement read.
Accordingly, the group will be performing in Lesotho on the night of the glitzy event.
Meanwhile, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said that after much deliberation on the matter, they concluded that it was rather too late to pull out. Nevertheless, no matter what happens, it would not affect their preparations for the Metro FM Music Awards.
“We had a meeting with them and told them that voting had already closed and they would have to participate. It is a matter between them (Joyous Celebration) and Sony. With regards to the awards‚ everything will go on as usual‚” Kaizer said.