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Pastor Clint Watson and Shaback and Najie Dun to receive inaugural Bahamas Gospel Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recognition

Gospel ensemble, “Pastor Clint Watson and Shaback”, and Najie Dunn will be honored with Lifetime Achievement awards at the inaugural Bahamas Gospel Music Awards (BGMA), which is on Sunday.

Pastor Clint Watson and Shaback will receive the Top Leading Gospel Ensemble honor; Dun will receive the Trailblazer Award.

Dun is also nominated in three categories for Song of the Year with “Hallelujah” against Church of God National Praise and Worship Team’s “Hymn Medley”, Christopher Roberts and Friends’ “Jehovah Nick-a-Time” and “Promise Land”, Cara T. Newton’s “He Reigns” and Cynara Munroe’s “It’s You”; Hip-Hop Artist of the Year against Eman, Stacs, Mr. Blaxx, Rashad Rich and Chosen Soldiers; and Music Video of the Year “Hallelujah” with Christopher Roberts and Friends’ “Higher Call to Serve”, Vanessa Clarke’s “Go Through (I Will Do This for You)”, Latasha Taylor’s “If My People”, Eman’s “Reveal Yourself”, and Gabrielle Styles’ “When God Seems Silent”.

According to BGMA officials, special recognition will also be given to Mark Cartwright, Kristoff Rolle and Stefphen Sands for their contribution to the gospel industry during the show, which will be streamed live virtually on the digital platforms Elev8tion Now via Facebook and YouTube at 6pm.

Artist of the Year nominations include Church of God National Praise and Worship Team, Christopher Roberts, V-Mac, Ricardo Clarke, Cara T. Newton and Eman.

In the running for Female Artist of the Year are Cara T. Newton, Gabrielle Styles, Latasha Taylor, Joinae Gibson, Anna Calixte and Latisha Sweeting.

Contemporary Song of the Year nominees are V-Mac’s “Fight My Battles”, Cara T. Newton’s “More Than Enough”, Ricardo Clarke’s “Make a Move”, Church of God National Praise and Worship Team’s “Jehovah”, Cynara Munroe’s “It’s You”, and Christian Massive’s “God Gat This”.

Collaboration of the Year nominees are Cara T. Newton featuring Oslien Jadorte “More Than Enough” as well as for “He Reigns” featuring Red Alert Band; Eman featuring Angelica Armbrister “A Minute”; Christopher Roberts featuring Simeon Outten “Jehovah Nick-a-Time”; Leonardo Evans featuring DJ Counsellor “I Shall Rise”; V-Mac featuring Telia Shearer and Bryanna Bethel “Fight My Battles”.

Artist of the Year nominations include Church of God National Praise and Worship Team, Christopher Roberts, V-Mac, Ricardo Clarke, Cara T. Newton and Eman.

Album of the Year nominees are Church of God National Praise and Worship Team’s “Give Him Praise Live”, Cara T. Newton for “H.I.M.” and “Faith Move Vol. Won!”, Ashley Neely’s “Genesis Live”, Anna Calixte’s “Your Love ‘Amou Ou”, and Christopher Roberts & Friends’ “The Choir Project”.

Traditional Song of the Year nominees are Church of God National Praise and Worship Team for “Hymn Medley” as well as “Meeting Tonight” and “Pentecostal Medley”, and Christopher Roberts for “Plead the Blood”, “My House is Filled” and “Psalms 27”.

Reggae Song of the Year nominations are Ricardo Clarke’s “Stronger” and “Say to Me”, Monty G’s “Ain’t Gone Give Up the Fight”, Pertina’s “Never Left Me”, Leonardo Evans’ “I Shall Rise”, Marva Scott’s “El Shaddai” and Christian Massive’s “God Gat This”.

Awards will also be meted out for Producer of the Year – Kamal Roberts, Isaac Neely, Orthneil “Elevator” Humes, Junior Scott, Sammie Starr and Rashad “Einstein” McPhee; Radio Personality of the Year – Ricardo Clarke, Keshagen Adderley, Mericha Walker, Sister Shereice Ferguson, Darren Cooper, Cambrell Poitier, Kermit T, Sister C, Antonia Lightbourne, DJ Godson, Delton Rolle and Pastor Denzcil Rolle.

Praise and Worship Song of the Year nominations include Christopher Roberts and Friends’ “Yet Praise”, Joinae Gibson’s “Worship Forever”, Glory Seekers’ “I Surrender”, Harvest Generation’s “Victory”, Akeem Gardiner’s “I Believe In You” and Lavonia Burrows’ “Mind on Jesus”.

Junkanoo/Rake n’ Scrape Song of the Year nominees are Latisha Sweeting’s “Jesus Rock”, Cara T. Newton’s “He Reigns”, Christopher Roberts and Friends’ “Jehovah Nick-a-time”, Church of God National Praise and Worship Team’s “Hymn Medley” and “Promise Land” and Tony Lowe’s “Just Hold On”.

In the nomination pool for Gospel Radio Station of the Year are Inspiration 107.9FM, Joy 101FM, Glory 93.9FM, Dove 103.7 and Praise 101.1FM.

Radio Personality of the Year, which will be decided by public voting includes Darren Cooper, Keshagen Adderley, Antonia Lightbourne, DJ Godson, Shereice Ferguson, Campbell Poitier, Denczil Rolle, Mericha Walker, Ricardo Clarke, Kermit T, Sister C and Delton Rolle.

The BGMA highlights Bahamian gospel artists throughout The Bahamas representing various genres of gospel music.

The event will be hosted by comedian, Jaquay “Bertrum Oh Bubbler” Adderley and Jillian Gray.

The show will also feature live performances by Christopher Roberts, Cara. T. Newton, V-Mac, Gabrielle Styles, Ann Calixte, Kelda “Timeless” Sweeting, IAmStacs, Joinae Gibson, Akeem Gardiner, Terez Davis-Nixon and more.

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Shavaughn Moss

Shavaughn Moss joined The Nassau Guardian as 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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