CMU reports that there is a row brewing in the dog eat dog world of gospel music.
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The rapper is up for nomination for his album ‘The College Dropout’, most probably for its specifically Christian rap ‘Jesus Walks’. However, some in the gospel community have said it is an inappropriate album to appear on the ballot because other tracks have lyrics that might offend a congregation.
One Stellar Academy member, Jadda Gunn, told reporters: “It just seems that it shouldn’t have gotten through. For this to be the Stellar Awards they should have known Kanye West, Roc-A-Fella records, that’s not a gospel album.”
Organisers of the Stellar Awards have said they will be reissuing ballot papers to their Academy with some changes, though they wouldn’t confirm whether one change was the removal of the West album. Awards organiser Erma Davis simply explained that “The College Dropout” had been included because her committee often picks artists who have popular albums on the music charts.
After the new ballot is issued Academy members will vote – with a final shortlist announced at the end of Oct and the awards themselves staged in Houston on 15 Nov.