The awards event spearheaded by award-winning reggae gospel artist, Annette Bee, returned for its second Music Awards at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, West Midlands in the United Kingdom on Easter Saturday, 26th March. It’s sole objective is “bridging the gap for unbelievers, and highlighting to them how good God is, by using the various gifts that God has blessed each minister with”.
Shoggy previously won the best African praise/contemporary song at the 2014 PGMA London awards, the best Rap & Hiphop artist at the London 2015 PGMAwards; Gathering of Africa’s Best London 2015 [for positively contributing to Africa’s image through music and entertainment]; Akademia, Hollywood – Best Contemporary song Dec, 2015 & Akademia, Hollywood – Best Music Video in Christian Dance Jan, 2016.Born in Birmingham, United Kingdom on 9 January 1974, Shoggy Tosh is a multi-award winning publisher, producer, author and television presenter mentored by Rev. Tim Omotoso. He is the founder of TheOfficial Stars Homepage Magazine, TV & PR and also a British/Nigerian rapper. He ventured into music two years ago after Rev. Tim Omotoso spoke into his life way back in 2003. On 9 January 2014, he released his debut rap single, “emujow” featuring Shady Blue and Jamaican gospel dancehall star, Dunamis Reignz and produced by Pastorchild. Shoggy Tosh’s latest release, ‘Pamoto’ featuring Henrisoul and also produced by Pastorchild has over 161,000 downloads on My Not Just OK and the music video directed by Femi Best Touch has over 41,800 views on Vevo. Pamoto was also the #1 song for 7 consecutive weeks on Top 10 Gospel Chart – ITV Radio 92.3FM Benin, Edo State. Nigeria [1st Nov – 6th Dec 2015], #8 on UK Christian Chart – November, 2015 & currently #5 on African Music Countdown – The Drive Charts – Spirit 96.6FM Uganda [25/3/2016].
The 2016 Gospel Xplosion Music & Media UK Awards – a swanky black-tie affair was attended by hundreds of top music, events and media personalities in the country and was a hugely successful night hosted by BBC’s WM Radio presenter – Nikki Tapper and Bishop Shackle Foot. Performers & DJs on the night were Sarah Teibo, Millicent Stephenson, Annette B, Abi Mega Plus, Orlando D, DJ Proclaima, DJ Haych, More X & D-Shy among other top artistes.
Asked for his reaction after the win, Shoggy Tosh had this to say: ‘Thank you Jesus. This is starting to freak me out. Now I feel what Mario Balotelli meant when he scored that goal for Manchester City against Manchester United & said, ‘Why always me?’. I am bamboozled right now. I did not even know of the nomination nor the voting. Thank you to whoever nominated me & thank you for the voters. This is my 6th music award in 2 years, and 3rd music award in 2016. Mind Blowing stuff! I am enjoying the glory upon my mentor’s life – Rev Tim Omotoso.
The awards was founded by Annette Bee in 2015, with a vision to showcase and celebrate some of the great work being done in the UK Gospel scene. She had this to say about Shoggy Tosh’s win as the Afrobeat Male artiste of the year, ‘CONGRATULATIONS Shoggy Tosh. The People Have Spoken “It’s The People’s Choice” CONGRATULATIONS once again’.
Other winners on the night were, Hillsong United (group of the year), Lurine Cato & Becca Folks [Joint r&b female artist of the year], Israel Houghton [international male artist of the year 2016], Faith Child [hip hop male artist of the year] & Noel Robinson [praise & worship male artist of the year] to mention a few.
Full list of Winners at the 2016 Gospel Xplosion Music & Media UK Awards
Young Gifted & Talented: Perry Lindo;
Author Of The Year 2016: Bro Keith;
Group Of The Year: Hillsong United;
Song Of The Year: More Than A Conqueror by Chris Da Ambassada;
Prestigious Award: Beresford Dawkins;
Best New Comer: More X Outreach;
Event of The Year 2016: Prison Break & Gospel Central;
Dance Group Of The Year: Eloquent Praise Dance;
R&B Male Artist Of The Year: Roger Samuels;
R&B Female Artist Of The Year: Lurine Cato & Becca Folks;
International Male Artist Of The Year 2016: Israel Houghton;
International Female Artist Of The Year 2016: Tasha Cobbs;
On Air Personality Of The Year: Dj Proclaima;
Radio Station Of The Year: Soulcure Radio;
Sound System Of The Year: Shekinah Sounds Ministries;
Video Producer Of The Year: Roger Moore;
Video Of The Year: More Than A Conqueror by Chris Da Ambassada;
TV Station Of The Year: Flow TV;
TV Programme Of The Year: Lifestyle Show – Gospel Xplosion Segment with Annette B;
Music Producer Of The Year: Nicky Brown;
Musician Of The Year: Perry Lindo;
Hip Hop Male Artist Of The Year: Faith Child;
Hip Hop Female Artist Of The Year: D Shy;
Praise & Worship Male Artist Of The Year: Noel Robinson;
Praise & Worship Female Artist Of The Year: Sharon Brown;
Reggae Male Artist Of The Year: Peter Spence;
Reggae Female Artist Of The Year: Annette B;
Afro Beat Male Artiste of the year: Shoggy Tosh;
Afro Beat Female Artiste of the year: Becca Folkes;
Male Artist Of The Year: Noel Robinson