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UK Gospel show out for the First ever Step FWD Awards 2021




The first annual Step FWD Awards, hosted by Faith Child and Jennifer Lee Moon, which was billed as a ‘Dove meets Stellar’ and ‘Best of British’ event certainly did not disappoint.

Outstanding live performances from artists including Graham Kendrick, Sarah Teibo, Philippa Hanna and Noel Robinson filled the spectacular venue at St Paul’s, Hammersmith and set the tone for a stunning evening of honouring the industry’s brightest and best talent.




The red carpet was literally rolled out for the VIP reception where finalists from each category mingled and spoke to the press before the awards ceremony began.

Bazil Meade MBE, Graham Kendrick, Lurine Cato MBE, and Roger Moore won the top honours of the night, amid rapturous applause from an energetic audience. Lurine spoke of her “total shock” at receiving The Lavine Hudson Award for Vocal Excellence and said, “it was the first award that made me cry, this meant so much!” Lurine’s performance with The Voice finalist Jason Nicholson-Porter at the awards was a true highlight of the evening. They both hit some notes that only angels could reach during their beautiful rendition of ‘Keep Fighting’.





Co-host Jennifer Lee Moon said after the event,


“It was incredible seeing Gospel and CCM artists come together to celebrate and encourage each other!”


Noel Robinson, winner of two awards on the night said, “Great night last night at the Step FWD Awards. It was so good to see so many people who make up the UK Christian music scene! I think we all won last night!”





Ryan Ofei from Maverick City Music shared a video on their Instagram stories to show their appreciation at winning International Group of the Year and thanked the team at Maverick City and A Step FWD for the honour.

The evening was closed by VM and New-Ye’s electrifying performance which was a fitting end to a very special night.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS


SONG OF THE YEAR Track Artist

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP You're Still God Philippa Hanna

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL Wade In The Water The Spirituals Choir

RNB / SOUL Jesus Mark Asari

ELECTRONIC / DANCE Victory Sarah Téibo ft. Lou Fellingham, Zahyón, Tom Endersby

INDIE / FOLK / ACOUSTIC Stay Here Marizu

POP Real Love The Kingdom Choir

ROCK / METAL Voices Amongst Wolves

AFROBEAT Yahweh Stevie Valentine

RAP Heaven Still Shadey

POETRY / SPOKEN WORD Lament Phil Knox

CHILLHOP / LOFI Love That Never Ends Jonathan Ogden

REGGAE Rock I Stand Joshua Kesler


ANNUAL MUSIC AWARDS

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR Clean Lucy Grimble

MEDIA PLATFORM OF THE YEAR TBN UK

CHOIR OF THE YEAR Spirituals Choir

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR Cece Winans

INTERNATIONAL DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR Maverick City Music

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Grace Tena

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR Nick Herbert

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR We Seek Your Kingdom LICC ft. Noel Robinson, Lou Fellingham , Andy Flannagan , Donna Akodu , Thy Kingdom Come (TKC)

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Asha Elia

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR CalledOut Music

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR Gas Street Music

HONORARY AWARDS

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Karen Gibson MBE

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Les Moir

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Howard Francis

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Ken Burton

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Tony Cummings


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Beresford Dawkins

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Noel Robinson

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Mark Beswick

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Juliet Fletcher

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Nicky Brown

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Roy Francis

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Bishop John Francis

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Lawrence Johnson

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Helmut Kaufmann

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Andrea Encinas

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Bishop Delroy Powell

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Chris Bowater

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Marcia Dixon

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Dave Paul

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION John Fisher BEM

THE LAVINE HUDSON AWARD FOR VOCAL EXCELLENCE Lurine Cato MBE

THE JOHN PACULABO AWARD FOR INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT Roger Moore

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Graham Kendrick

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Bazil Meade MBE

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