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GOSPEL artists who hope to shine in the country's prestigious Crown Gospel Awards have until September 16 to send in their nominations.
Nominations for artists, musicians, engineers, producers, promoters and record companies are open.
This year the number of categories have increased from 20 to 24 to include Best Engineer, Best R&B-Rap Gospel, Best Maskandi Gospel and Best Pop-Rock.
To enter each category costs R500. The Best Gospel Artist and Best Gospel Song costs R1000 to enter.
The awards are open to recording companies, artists, producers, engineers, composers and promoters, who have been citizens or legal residents of South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique for at least one year.
All albums that were released between January 2007 and September 2009 are eligible. The category Classic of all Times is open so it doesn't matter when the song was released.
International collaboration and productions are also encouraged to enter, provided collaborations are predominantly by South African artist(s) or producer(s) with star or equal billing on the releases.
"Durban will host the nominees in October. The date of the nominee's party will be announced soon. After that it will be time to vote for the best of the best.
"As the build-up to the second annual gospel music awards, gospel diva Rebecca Malope will be honoured at a special concert this month," the organisers said.
The concert, dubbed the Rebecca Malope Ebenezer Celebration, which was postponed earlier this month, has been rescheduled for September 18. It will take place at the Jesus Dome at the Durban Christian Centre. Sfiso Ncwane and Sechaba will share the stage with the queen of gospel.
A gala dinner starts at 5pm and the concert at 7pm. Tickets are R150.
The Gospel Crown Awards ceremony will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hall at the International Convention Centre in Durban on November 22. The event will start at 6pm.