MusicTT Sings Praises for GMATT 2024

MusicTT at GMATT 2024

Port of Spain, July 10, 2024: The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) is thrilled to extend its congratulations to the CELIAN Group for the outstanding execution of the seventh annual Gospel Music Awards of Trinidad and Tobago (GMATT) which took place on Sunday 7th July at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA). This prestigious event honored artists, producers, and songwriters who have made significant contributions to gospel music in Trinidad and Tobago.

The event dubbed GMATT 7 was a spectacular celebration of the talent and dedication within the gospel music community mixed with fashion. Delivering the feature address was Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry: “This year represents a Septennium, which symbolizes a period of 7 years for GMATT. In Scripture, 7 often symbolizes completion or perfection. This is indeed a remarkable accomplishment and I congratulate Mr. Ian Haywood and the Celian Group on achieving this milestone. The Ministry of Trade and Industry, through MusicTT, has been supporting this event over the years and is pleased to continue our partnership with Celian Group.”

A total of 22 awards were presented during the evening, recognizing excellence across various categories.  The evening’s top honour, the Jamie Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Pastor Clive Dottin for his decades of contribution to gospel music and his unwavering commitment to spreading the message of faith through music. Other notable winners included:

  • Male Artiste of the Year – Brandon Best
  • Female Artiste of the Year – Samantha Johnson
  • Song of the Year – ‘Open Door’ Thandiwe Muller-Mends
  • Gospel Manager of the Year – Timothee Maloney (Kingdom Management)

Along with many other categories recognizing DJs, Songwriters, and Producers among others.

The GMATT 2024 also focused greatly on fostering the next generation of gospel musicians. Awards were given recognizing Breakout Artistes, Undiscovered Artistes and Young Artistes dedicated to up-and-coming talents, who received resounding applause and highlighted the promising future of gospel music in Trinidad and Tobago.

Melissa Jimenez, General Manager of MusicTT dressed by Diane Carlton took to the stage to present the final set of awards for the evening. Ms. Jimenez says “The gospel music industry plays a crucial role in our cultural landscape, and events like GMATT provide an essential platform for artists to be recognized for their hard work and creativity. Our hope is that GMATT grows up to be the Dove and Stellar Awards of the Caribbean where nominees and awardees can become internationally recognized and respected leading to a plethora of revenue-generating opportunities as their career grows and they continue to soar. GMATT is well poised and on its way to becoming an international brand.”

As the curtains fall on this year’s Gospel Music Awards, the continued sponsorship and support of GMATT by MusicTT highlight the organization’s commitment to nurturing the gospel music genre and providing opportunities for artists to thrive. MusicTT recognizes the significant impact of gospel music on the local music industry and remains dedicated to supporting its growth.

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