Frequently Asked Questions

Is this awards show just for Mississippi residents?

Gulf Coast Gospel Music Awards is open to any artist or aspiring artist in any state of the U.S. Artist must be a legal U.S. resident and body of work will be reviewed by the GCGMA Guild before being placed on the ballot.

When will this event be held?

GCGMA 2018 will be held: Friday, August 31 - Saturday, September 1, 2018 ( see offical event lineup) for more details.

How do I nominate someone for this award?

Nominations are open January 1 - 30 annually and submissions can be made online at

Can someone be nnominated in more than one category?

Yes. A nominee can be nominated in multiple categories. If the nominee was nominated in the same category for two consecutive years, they will not be eligible to be nominated in the same category. There is a 1 year waiting period.

How can I purchase tickets to this event?

GCGMA 2018 tickets are on sale May 30, 2018. Tickets purchases will be available here online. To purchase, visit our "Buy Tickets" page.

Who is the founder of this event?

GCGMA was founded by LeKeisha Taylor Cotten. Indianola, Mississippi Delta native and resident of Gulfport, Mississippi. She is also a Recording Artist, Minister, Entreprenuer, and Public Figure.

Will there be opportunities to showcase/perform during the Awards Weekend?

Yes! We offer several opportunities to showcase or perform during the GCGMA Weekend. Each year, we will announce the number of available slots and event availability. Showcase slots are $150 each and must be paid in advance to secure your slot. To purchase a showcase slot, visit on the "Buy Tickets" page.