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Joy Tendo and Exodus scoop top accolades VIGA Gospel Awards
Publish Date: Aug 11, 2014
Joy Tendo and Exodus scoop top accolades VIGA Gospel Awards
Joy Tendo (L) and Exodus(R) giving their acceptance remarks.
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By Ronald Mugabe

It was all agony and ecstasy as the winners of the 2014 edition of the VIGA Gospel Music Awards were announced at a fully packed Theatre La’ Bonita, Saturday evening.


The awards, organized by the Victoria Gospel Academy were geared towards recognizing the selfless efforts of Ugandan gospel music artistes to champion the spread of the gospel through their talents, singing and dancing.


As early as 6:00pm, the elegantly dressed guests started setting foot on the red carpet that had been set just outside the entrance of the theatre.


The show kicked off just a few minutes to 7:00 with the MC of the evening, Spirit FM show host, King Wesley welcoming the guests to the night that would soon be characterized by feelings of ecstasy, anxiety and powerful musical and dance performances.


In the middle of the performances, just before the awards were given away, Prince Nick Nyombi, the lead organizer and Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Gospel Academy addressed the audience and briefed them about the technicalities that were involved in the thorough selection of the award winners for the various categories.


Shortly after, the moments of truth began to kick off with Moses Ssozi surprisingly scooping the Songwriter of the year award.
More awards were subsequently given away to their outright winners.


Just before announcing the winners of the top categories, Jackie Senyonjo, elegantly dressed in a black sparkling dress thrilled the fans with Julie Mutesasira taking the floor later, performing her inspirational ballad, Saba.


It is this song that went on to win the Song of the year prize.


The most awaited moments of the entire event soon reached as the best male as well as the best female artistes of the year were announced.


The crowd erupted in deafening sounds of excitement as Joy Tendo was announced winner of the best female artiste category.
She beat renowned gospel artistes Judith Babirye and Julie Mutesasira to the accolade.


Clad in a long blue velvet dress and golden high heels, she could not hide her heartfelt pleasure as she gave her acceptance speech, thanking her fans and management for enabling her achieve this success.


More jubilation was in the house as Exodus was announced winner of the best male artiste category.

 


The Igwe singer called upon fellow gospel musicians to continue pushing on to ensure Ugandan gospel music gained more recognition.


He closed the four hour long event with a powerful performance of his songs including Prophecy which won for best video of the year. 

 


Below is the full list of the categories and their respective winners;

Best Male Artiste of the year – Exodus

Best Female artiste of the year – Joy Tendo

Song of the year – Saba by Julie Mutesasira

Album of the year – Okirizidwa by Judith Babirye

Video of the year – Prophecy by Exodus

Best Instructor – Wasanyi Serukenya

Social Media Artiste/ Group – Canaan James

Diaspora Artiste – Ronnie Mukisa

Best performer – Pastor Betty Badda

Best Live band – Emiziki Band

Best inspirational song – Ensi Ekoma by Joseph Segawa

Best worship and praise – Pastor Robert Kayanja

Best Collaboration – Cooper and Nava

Best long serving/legendary award – Pastor Simeon Kayiwa

Special entry – Kyalimpa by Mesach Semakula

Best exemplary theme – McAfrica Kirwana

Best upcoming artiste – Wilson Kigundu

Best afro-pop artiste – Gladys Mirembe

Best Afri-style/Zouk/ Soukos artiste – Pastor Betty Badda

Best traditional song – Agungumale by Olivia Muwumba

Best Kadongo kamu song – Yegwe Munange by Joseph Ngoma

Best RnB/Jazz/Soul artiste – Levixone

Best dancehall/ Ragga artiste – Robin Son

Best hip-hop/ rap artiste/group – S4J

Best reggae artiste/group – Rev. Edmond and Rachael

Best Pentecostal choir – Holy Gate Kigenge

Best Adventist choir – Amayengo Glorious Choir

Best Anglican choir – Gospel Elite

Best Catholic choir – Devine Love

Best dance group – Storm Riders

Best instrumentalist – Mushanga

Best Promotion icon – Wimax

Best audio producer – Paddy Man

Best Video producer – Aiden

Best songwriter – Moses Ssozi
 

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