Emcee N.I.C.E., the renowned Christian hip-hop artist, achieved a momentous feat on January 8th, claiming the coveted Group Duo of the Year award at the prestigious 8th Annual Avidity Awards held in New Orleans. This remarkable triumph stemmed from his collaboration with Everett Drake and Canton Jones on the chart-topping single “Amen Right There,” produced by the gifted 14-year-old, Sci Blw. Beyond recognizing their outstanding musical partnership, the award symbolizes the dynamic evolution of gospel music, Christian hip hop, and gospel rap.
The acclaimed track, “Amen Right There,” transcends four generations of gospel music, attributing its widespread appeal. The EP, also titled “Amen Right There” (Vibes), achieved remarkable success, clinching the #1 position on iTunes’ Christian/Gospel Top Album Sales chart. Emcee N.I.C.E. earned nominations in four distinct categories: Gospel Rap Artist of the Year, Christian Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Best Group Duo of the Year, and Song of the Year.
The 8th Annual Avidity Awards, a collaborative effort between Avidity TV, Avidity Promotions, and The Elite Gospel Music & Ministry Academy (TEGMMA), unfolded at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Branded as “The Biggest Night in Independent Gospel Music,” the event celebrated the crème de la crème of gospel, honoring singers, songwriters, producers, Christian and gospel hip-hop artists, background vocalists, and radio contributors. Hosted by the accomplished B.Slade, the ceremony featured soul-stirring performances from a diverse lineup, including Robyn McGhee, Anthony Hall, Cardell Booker, La’Kea Stokes, and more.
Expressing his gratitude for the award, Emcee N.I.C.E. stated, “I’d like to thank Derrick Huggins and all of the members who voted for us; that lets me know that gospel is EVOLVING!”
In 2024, Emcee N.I.C.E., already a legend in the music industry, continues to make waves. His illustrious career boasts collaborations with icons such as NAS, 2Pac (posthumously), Fred Hammond, Bishop Cortez Vaughn, and others. Beyond his musical achievements, Emcee N.I.C.E. showcases his versatility as an artist involved in various creative ventures. He co-created the groundbreaking urban animated series “Da Jammies,” recognized as the first black animated music series for kids on Netflix. The series has expanded its reach to platforms like xFinity Comcast, Amazon Prime, Roku, Apple TV, and Hulu.
In a historic move, Emcee N.I.C.E. became the first Christian hip-hop artist to win a Stellar Award for Radio as the Curator for “God’s House of Hip Hop Radio,” powered by Dash Radio. His commitment to pushing creative boundaries solidifies his status as a trailblazer in the genre. Notably, last year, he received an honorary Doctoral Degree in Music and assumed the role of Vice Chancellor for Harvest Christian University’s (Compton) Los Angeles extension campus. This marked a historic moment as the first hip-hop artist appointed as vice chancellor at a university.
To stay connected with Emcee N.I.C.E., follow him on social media at @emceenicela, and visit his website www.emceenice.com. Fans are encouraged to support his music, available on various digital platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and all streaming services. Emcee N.I.C.E.’s recent victory at the Avidity Awards serves as a testament to his enduring impact on the Christian hip-hop scene and the broader music industry.