The much anticipated Loveworld International Music and Arts (LIMA) Awards 2019 which took place Sunday night at the Loveworld Convocation Arena (LCA) in Lagos will go down in history as the biggest gospel music and arts awards globally. It went beyond expectations in every ramification, from organization to attendance to crowd control, the entire ambiance reflects a well detailed and perfectly executed ceremony, one that observers attest to having not seen such of its kind in this part of the world.
Attendees were treated to ethereal songs from great talents like Testimony Jaga, Joe Praize, Loveworld UK Band, Sinach, Samsong, Eben Frank Edward and many other talented gospel music artists gave awesome renditions and performances that literally set the huge auditorium on fire and would definitely be talked about for weeks and years to come.
Aside from logistics, security, crowd response, lighting and sound systems that were all top-notch, another evidence that manifests the excellence of which the Loveworld nation is well known for was the award presentations which were accompanied by some of the most innovative high-tech stage ambiance that compares the Grammy’s with songs that were as hot and sizzling as they were spiritually edifying.
It was indeed a very amazing and highly electrifying event with the added impetus of highly encouraging cash-backed prizes.
The event which was televised live on national networks and different international cable channels was said to have attracted a viewership of over 250 million people across 100 countries of the world. This is aside those who watched it via social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube among other channels.
Speaking on the importance of the LIMAA and the efforts of Loveworld nation to revolutionalise gospel music around the world, the Media Director of the Ministry Pastor Tony Ikeokwu said that “we believe that if you give people opportunities to express themselves, they will excel and because we feel we have limited opportunities available to our artists to be celebrated outside as gospel music ministers, so we instituted the LIMA Awards to recognize and honour our own.”
LIMAA was created in 2016 by the President of The Loveworld Inc. (Christ Embassy) Rev. Chris Oyakhilome as a platform to recognize the efforts and talents of gospel music ministers in the Ministry and encourage them by cash-backed rewards to enable them do more and also compete internationally.
With heightened expectations, the Song of the Year went to Sinach with a cash-backed prize of $100,000 while the Artist of the Year went to Testimony Jaga, who couldn’t hold back his joy as he spoke in tears narrating his life story on the street before he found salvation in Jesus Christ and comfort in the Loveworld nation. He got a cash-backed prize of $25,000.
The full list of the Awardees are:
Producer of the year — Frank Fytt
Best Male Vocalist — Eben
Best Female Vocalist — Pastor Ruthney
Hit Song Of The Year (protostar category) — Testimony Jaga (Gone For Life)
MUsic Band Of The Year – UK Band
Hit Song Of The Year (all stars category) — JoePraize (Joy Overflow)
Best New Act — Password (AMAGHIMO)
Music Video Of The Year — Samsong (E Dey Work Video)
Song Writer Of The Year (protostars) – Rita Soul
Song Writer Of The Year (all stars) ($50,000) — UKBand
Worship Song Of The Year — You are my Everything – ($50,000) UKBand
Artist Of The Year – Testimony Jaga
Beat Rendition By An Artist — Onos (Overflow)
Music Collaboration of the Year — CSO & Jeanie (Higherlife)
Theme Song Of The Year — Pastor Saki (Light)
Grand Best Song Of The Year ($100,000) — Sinach
Other Best Songs Of 2019:
UK Band (Shine)
Joepraise (Joy Overflow)
Ritasoul (Dance In The Holyghost)
Testimony (Gone For Life)
Ayo Vincent (Your Presence)
Eben ( Prince Of Peace)
Jeanine Sparkles (Pour Out Your Love)
Isreal Strong (Never Go Down)
Pastor Saki (light)
CSO (In Your Presence)
Phendi (Jesus Is Love)
CSO and Jeanine (Highlife)
Martin PK (Highest Praise)