Glitz, glamour as LIMA 2019 holds
Sets Standard For Music Awards
The 2019 Loveworld International Music and Arts (LIMA) Awards, which held at the Loveworld Convocation Arena (LCA) last Sunday in Lagos, was a festival of songs that raised the bar for gospel music, globally. Hyped as the greatest gospel music awards in the world, the fourth edition proved to be the best since inception.
The show, which exceeded expectations in every area, delivered and thrilled the excited crowd that thronged the 20, 000 capacity auditorium. It literally raised the roof with every performance from the artistes. This year’s award, tagged, ‘Hotter Than Fire’, lived up to expectation, with music acts such as, Testimony Jaga, Joe Praize, Loveworld UK Band, Sinach, Flame B, Samsong, Eben, Frank Edward, Flame B, UrFlames, Rita Soul, Israel Strong and many other talented gospel music artists gave
amazing performances that literally set the venue on fire.
The event, which was televised live on Loveworld Satellite Television channels for global audiences, is said to have attracted a viewership of over 250 million people across the globe. This is beside those who watched it via social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube channels.
Speaking on the importance of the LIMA awards, Media Director of the Ministry, Pastor Tony I Keokuk, said: “We believe that if you give people opportunities to express themselves, they will excel. We felt there were limited opportunities available to our artistes to be celebrated outside as gospel music ministers, so, we instituted the awards to recognise and honour our own.”
Addressing guests at the event, President Loveworld Incorporated, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, lauded the artistes for taking gospel to the world with a unique passion and expressing the love of God to people.He commended the singers for their work and labour of love, creativity and using their resources to preach the gospel and reaching the poor and needy in the society.
At the event, talented gospel singer, Sinach, who recently welcomed her first child after five years of marriage, won the Song of the Year with a cash prize of $100,000 for her hit song Overflow. Testimony Java, who had an electrifying performance of his hit song, Gone for Life, took home awards in the competitive categories of ‘Song Writer of the Year (Proto-Stars Category)` and ‘Artist of the Year’, which carried a $25,000 cash award.
The UK Band swept numerous categories taking home awards for‘Worship Song of the Year’ with $50,000 cash prize and Music Band of the Year’. Their energetic and soulful song, Shining, was adjudged one of the ‘Best Songs of the Year.’ The UK Band also received a $50,000 cash award for the ‘Song Writer of the Year (All Stars Category)’Rita Soul clinched the ‘Song Writer of the Year (Proto-Stars Category)’ with a $25,000 cash prize.
The award for Best New Act went to singer Password, while Frank Fytt was recognised as ‘Producer of the Year. Pastor Saki’s song, Lights, won the prize in the category for ‘Theme Song of the Year’. In the Best Vocalist of the Year catergory, Pastor Ruthney was adjudged the ‘Best Female Vocalist’ and popular LoveWorld hitmaker, Eben, clinched the prize for ‘Best Male Vocalist.
Samsong won the award for ‘Video of the Year’for his visually entertaining and catchy song, E dey Work, while the inspirational song, Joy Overflow, by Joe Praize was selected as the Hit Song of the Year (All-Stars Category).
The duo of CSO and Jeanine won the category of ‘Musical Collaboration of the Year’ with their hit song, Higher Life.This is as Loveworld artist, Onos’ celebrated song, Overflow, won the Best New Rendition of a Song category.In a chat with The Guardian, one of the winners, songwriter and music producer, Frank Fytt, who nurtured his talent in the choir for 25 years said he was excited by the recognition, noting that there were many other deserving producers in the Loveworld ministry.
He said: “All I know is that grace did it for me. All of us work really hard to make sure that the gospel of Jesus Christ is spread around the world. Once you keep improving your skill, following the Holy Spirit, you can never go wrong in the industry.”Speaking on why some gospel artists move to secular music, Frank said gospel artists that have an understanding of what Christianity is, won’t want to go anywhere.So if someone look away or is drawn by money, that may be up to them, but we know we have found rest here and there is money in Jesus Christ.”He advised gospel artists to keep working on their music, never give up and keep living for Jesus Christ saying that is the only way they can truly have fulfillment.