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Worthy of praise

Bahamian singer/songwriter Adrianna Munnings is a Prayze Factor People’s Award Urban Solo Artist of the Year winner.

Munnings is the 12th season final winner in a category that saw the likes of Quardrius Salters, Chief Apostle and Danny Hudson survive the first two early rounds of voting to make it into the final. Approximately 100 winners were announced across the various categories.

“I just felt blessed, honored to be nominated, and I felt blessed and highly favored [to win],” said Munnings, the Mastic Point, Andros, native who recently returned from Atlanta. The Prayze Factor Awards ceremony was held September 19-22.

Orlando “Landlord” Miller also made it through to the final of the Industry Choice of the Year category, but did not get the win. He was up against Shonda English, Amanda Lynn, Vickie Favors and Shariffa Edwards. Going into the rounds, he said it was an honor for him just to be nominated.

While Miller did not win this year, he is no stranger to winning at the Prayze Factor Awards, having won TV Host of the Year and TV Show of the Year in 2018 for his show Positive TV with Landlord.

Miller said the Prayze Factor Awards presents an opportunity for independent artists to take advantage of a platform presented for them to be seen and heard internationally.

“Going to it got me to connections to get to where I am today. Artists who want to look forward to that international [experience], the Prayze Factor Awards is a good step,” he said to The Nassau Guardian in an earlier interview.

Munnings and Miller advanced out of the first round during which the public was allowed to have their voices heard via voting and into the crucial second round voting process in which all the nominees started at zero again. Voting in round two was exclusively for The International Music Association (TIMA) members and executives.

The Prayze Factor Awards, founded and produced by Apostle Dr. Teresa Jordan, is a platform specifically and strategically formatted to bring exposure to the inspired artist movement. The awards show is designed to expose faith-based arts.

Nominations are for artists looking to gain more exposure, increase their fan base and make their music/ministry more relevant in the gospel and inspirational industry. It is a fan-driven platform, so artists are required to engage their fans in voting, commenting and promoting their ministries.

While it’s a friendly awards competition, the organizers/founders say it is more important that artists utilize the platform to draw those who are unaware of their ministry to the table where they can not only experience the ministry, but experience the realness of Christ.

There are three rounds during a period of Prayze Factor promotions. Each round is designed to accomplish the aforementioned goals for the artists. Nominees are afforded several opportunities for promotions of their ministries, opportunities to engage their fans and opportunities to show the nations the strength of performing arts ministry. To maximize full potential of the platform, they say artists must be in the frame of mind that God deserves their very best every step of the way and without excuse. Those that grasp and understand that, they say, are rewarded greatly by the time the season’s finale airs as their presence in the gospel community is greatly advanced.

To be nominated, candidates have to have a single, EP or full project already released. Nominations are handled and vetted through TIMA and announcements are made in April of each voting year.

Voting is done via online polling and is a popularity round of elimination by the general public. The general public openly votes and promotes their favorite nominees during round one of each voting year. The top nominees in each category advance to the final round and winners are announced during the Prayze Factor weekend of celebration during which winners or their representative must be present to receive their prize.

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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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