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From left: Orlando “Landlord” Miller and Antonio P. Rolle. Bottom row: Chosen Soldiers – brothers Don and Chaz Major and Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley.

Brothers Don and Chaz Major who comprise the Chosen Soldiers duo, along with Antonio P. Rolle, Orlando “Landlord” Miller and Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley are in contention for some of the biggest gospel awards behind the Stellar Awards and Dove Awards after all having received multiple Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards nominations.

The youthful members of Chosen Soldiers garnered seven nominations. Riley has five nominations. Rolle received four nominations. Miller was nominated twice.

And they are all looking to walk away with some hardware when the winners are announced at the 12th Annual Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards which takes place June 24-27, 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The show recognizes outstanding churches/pastors, choirs and independent gospel music artist of all genres for their contributions toward the betterment and advancement of their communities.

The Bahamian public can assist in supporting the Major brothers, Miller, Riley and Rolle in walking away with wins at the awards by participating in the online voting segment at www.therhythmofgospelawards.com. Votes must be cast in all categories for a ballot to count. Online voting is open and ongoing through March 2, 2020.

Miller has been nominated in the Internet Radio/Media Outlet of the Year for Positive TV Bahamas as well as Internet Radio Announcer of the Year for Positive TV Bahamas. He’s hoping this year to at least winning one award. He said winning would mean a lot to him because for him it’s about breaking barriers outside of The Bahamas and recognition on the international market.

“It’s a big thing in the United States behind Stellar and Dove, so I’m really excited.”

Miller is no stranger to the Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards having received nine nominations last year. He didn’t win in any of the categories, but was still honored to have just been nominated.

“I would really love to bring one home because I understand the significance of it,” he said.

Miller believes he has a good chance this year even though he’s up against stiff competition.

Riley’s nominations for his song “Yes I Have a Dream” are in the categories Holy Hip Hop Song of the Year, Urban Contemporary Song of the Year, and Rhythm of Gospel Music Video of the Year. He’s also been nominated for International Gospel Artist of the Year with Riley, and Best Performance by Holy Hip Hop Artist.

Unlike Miller, Riley has had his first international nomination – something he’s excited about.

“I was like wow! This dream is really coming through. ‘Yes I Have a Dream’ is a song of mine and I’m watching that dream come to fruition internationally at the third largest awards show,” said Riley.

Chosen Soldiers’ nominations for “Giving It Back” are in the categories, Special Event CD of the Year, Alternative Christian Gospel CD of the Year, Holy Hip Hop/Instrumental/Alternative Gospel CD of the Year, Urban Contemporary/R&P CD of the Year. They were also nominated for International Gospel Artist of the Year with Riley. Chosen Soldiers also received nomination in the Youth/Young Adult Artist of the Year category; as well as Rhythm of Gospel Music Video of the Year for “I Might Be Young” featuring Landlord and Shaddai.

Antonio P. Rolle was nominated for Urban Contemporary Song of the Year for “Another Level; International Gospel Artist of the Year for “Another Level”; Special Event/Instrumental Artist of the Year; Best Performance by Male Artist.

The Rhythm of Gospel Awards is an annual event hosted by The National and Independent Gospel Music Association (NIGMA), but produced Dr. Mark Rogers, CEO and executive director.

The award show offers a platform for independent gospel artists and gives them the opportunity to network formally while congratulating trailblazers of various sectors in all communities in a positive collaboration towards bringing all ethnicities together.

The process begins with board members and record companies submitting entries which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The NIGMA voting members participate in the nominating process that determines the seven finalists in each category and the final voting process which determines the Rhythm of Gospel Award winners.

In the first round, before any name is released to the media, or the final voting/selection panel, the nominee must accept their nomination by or before the required due date. After the nominee has accepted their nomination, the name is then released to the media and the selection panel for the final voting process.

Internet voting allows the public to vote on their favorite independent artist. This method of voting serves as one quarter of the final selection process and also helps the voting panel make accurate decisions on the final selections of potential winners.

For the final voting, lists of the finalists are sent to voting members in ballot format. In the final round, NIGMA members deliberate and make all final selections based upon submitted, verified and researched material.

Results of members are not known until the Rhythm of Gospel Awards presentation ceremony when names of the winners are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes. All winners are revealed during the Rhythm of Gospel Awards telecast and weekend of events.

Chosen Soldiers nominations

Special Event CD of the Year – Giving It Back

Alternative Christian Gospel CD of the Year – Giving It Back

Holy Hip Hop/Instrumental/Alternative Gospel CD of the Year – Giving It Back

Urban Contemporary/R&P CD of the Year – Giving It Back

International Gospel Artist of the Year – Chosen Soldiers and Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley and Antonio P. Rolle

Youth/Young Adult Artist of the Year – Chosen Solders

Rhythm of Gospel Music Video of the Year – Chosen Soldiers – “I Might Be Young” featuring Landlord and Shaddai.

Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley nominations

Holy Hip Hop Song of the Year – Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley – Yes I Have a Dream

Urban Contemporary Song of the Year – Clifford Big Bruh Riley – Yes I Have a Dream

International Gospel Artist of the Year – Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley

Rhythm of Gospel Music Video of the Year – Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley – Yes I Have a Dream

Best Performance by Holy Hip Hop Artist – Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley

Antonio P. Rolle nominations

Urban Contemporary Song of the Year – Antonio P Rolle – Another Level

International Gospel Artist of the Year – Antonio P. Rolle – Another Level

Special Event/Instrumental Artist of the Year – Antonio P. Rolle

Best Performance by Male Artist – Antonio P. Rolle

Orlando Miller nominations

Internet Radio/Media Outlet of the Year – Positive TV Bahamas – Orlando Miller

Internet Radio Announcer of the Year – Orlando Miller, Positive TV Bahamas

Lifestyles Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Shavaughn Mossjoined The Nassau Guardianas a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor.Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.
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