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Lecrae’s “Gravity” Album Grammy Nominated For Best Gospel Album

  LECRAE’S GRAVITY EARNS GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR “Best Gospel Album” Amongst newcomers leading the field alongside established artists, producers and songwriters, Reach Records’ artist Lecrae garnered his 2nd career GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Gospel Album” with his recent studio project Gravity. Lecrae was included amongst the industry’s top entertainers as nominees for the 55th…

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LECRAE’S GRAVITY EARNS GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR

“Best Gospel Album”

Amongst newcomers leading the field alongside established artists, producers and songwriters, Reach Records’ artist Lecrae garnered his 2nd career GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Gospel Album” with his recent studio project Gravity. Lecrae was included amongst the industry’s top entertainers as nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards were announced last night during an hour-long televised concert in Nashville co-hosted by country-pop artist Taylor Swift and veteran GRAMMY ® host, rapper-actor LL Cool J.

 

Gravity released earlier this fall and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart and dominated the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Rap, Independent, Gospel and Christian charts. The follow-up release to his GRAMMY ® nominated record Rehab: The Overdose (2010), Gravity showcases the esteemed hip-hop artist’s provoking lyrical technique, live instrumentation and hypnotic beats. His seventh studio project to date, Gravity also features the talents of Mali Music, Mathai (The Voice), label mates Trip Lee and Tedashii, Street Symphony’s Heat Academy and The Watchmen with production from DJ Khalil.

 

Lecrae performed Gravity’s biggest hits such as “Violence,” “Tell The World” and “I Know” on his latest Unashamed Tour, which wrapped before the Thanksgiving holiday.  He and label his mates, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, KB and Derek Minor, visited 30 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago Dallas and Atlanta, among others. Lecrae will hit the road again in 2013 for a full spring tour while performing at various events and festivals throughout the year.

 

The 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards will be held on February 10, 2013, at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air nationwide on CBS starting at 8pm/7pm CST.

 

For more information on Lecrae and Gravity, please go to www.reachrecords.com.

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2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Nominees Announced

THE 32ND ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED Tamela Mann and Travis Greene Lead with Nine Nominations; Hezekiah Walker Receives Seven; Kirk Franklin Earns Six; Jekalyn Carr, Todd Dulaney, Shirley Caesar, Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Livre’ and Enon Tabernacle Land Multiple Nominations (CHICAGO) – Central City Productions announced yesterday the nominees in 26 categories for the 2017 Stellar Awards.…

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THE 32ND ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Tamela Mann and Travis Greene Lead with Nine Nominations; Hezekiah Walker Receives Seven; Kirk Franklin Earns Six; Jekalyn Carr, Todd Dulaney, Shirley Caesar, Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Livre’ and Enon Tabernacle Land Multiple Nominations

(CHICAGO) – Central City Productions announced yesterday the nominees in 26 categories for the 2017 Stellar Awards. Hailed as an  “epic night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication on 170 stations in over 150 markets around the country from April 14 – May 7, 2017.

Praise and worship breakthrough artist Travis Greene, and chart-topping soloist, Tamela Mann lead the nominations with nine each. Greene is having an amazing year, in the running for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year, for his work on The Hill (RCA Inspiration). This inspirational psalmist is also nominated for CD of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Praise and Worship CD of the Year.

Gospel superstar Tamela Mann joins Greene on the Stellar Awards nominee leader board, nominated this year for Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year, and she is also competing for CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year.   With seven and six nominations respectively, veterans Hezekiah Walker and Kirk Franklin demonstrate their staying power in gospel music, recognized for Male Vocalist of the Year, Choir of the Year, Contemporary Choir of the Year and Contemporary Male of the Year for their projects Azusa The Next Generation 2: Better (Walker/EOne Music) and Losing My Religion (Franklin/RCA Records). Franklin also receives a nod for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year.   Jekalyn Carr, nominated for Artist of the Year, and Todd Dulaney are in contention for Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year. Other artists earning multiple nominations include newcomers, Bri (Brianna Babineaux)Livre’Enon Tabernacle and living legend Shirley Caesar.   Multiple Stellar Awards and Grammy Award-winning solo artist, nationally-syndicated radio host and television personality Erica Campbell joins multiple Stellar Award winner, songwriter and arranger Anthony Brown to co-host the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

SUMMARY OF 2017 STELLAR AWARDS TOP NOMINEES

Tamela Mann  — 9 Total Nominations  Travis Greene — 9 Total Nominations Hezekiah Walker — 7 Total Nominations  Jekalyn Carr — 5 Total Nominations Todd Dulaney — 5 Total Nominations Shirley Caesar — 4 Total Nominations   Bri (Brianna Babineaux) — 3 Total Nominations Livre’ — 3 Total Nominations Enon Tabernacle — 3 Total Nominations

Click Here For 32nd Annual Nominee PDF List

Don Jackson, Founder of the Stellar Awards and Chairman of Central City Productions, Inc. commented, “Our 2017 nominees represent the strongest group of Gospel artists and songs in our 32-year history of the Stellar Awards. This year’s large number of artists who are first-time nominees is a positive testament to the new and upcoming artists in Gospel Music, as well as, a reflection of the tremendous growth of the Gospel Music Genre.” Mr. Jackson further stated, “The announcement of the 2017 nominees corresponds with the launch of www.stellartv.com, the first phase of the Stellar TV Cable Television Network, which will be officially introduced during the taping at the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards on March 25, 2017.”

The Stellar Awards show taping is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 – $200 at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show is scheduled for Friday, March 24 to showcase non-televised award winners. Also, the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held on Saturday, March 25, honoring top radio stations and announcers serving urban gospel music audiences. Tickets for each event can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Keep check with Prestige Celebrity Magazine for more information, as we will be keeping our readers up to date on who’s performing, red carpet, and so much more……..  Make sure you get your tickets early and share in this wonderful event with us in beautiful Las Vegas.

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2016 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Recap

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY SWEEPS 31st ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS WITH HISTORIC 10 FOR 10 WIN Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s “Any Given Sunday” Takes Four Awards; And Tasha Cobbs’ “One Place Live” Rounds Out Top 3 Winners with Three Wins Gospel Music’s Biggest Night Premieres on TV One, Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m.…

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ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY SWEEPS 31st ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS WITH HISTORIC 10 FOR 10 WIN


Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s “Any Given Sunday” Takes Four Awards;

And Tasha Cobbs’ “One Place Live” Rounds Out Top 3 Winners with Three Wins

Gospel Music’s Biggest Night Premieres on TV One, Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m. ET; Also Broadcast March 12-April 10 in National Syndication On 150 Stations in Over 120 Markets

LAS VEGAS, NV – Feb. 22, 2016 – Anthony Brown & group therApy made history on Saturday night as their album, “Everyday Jesus,” was blessed with 10 trophies during the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awardsat the Las Vegas Orleans Arena. In a Stellar Awards first, the gospel songwriter-turned-singer and his group won each of its 10 nominations – a feat that hasn’t been done since Bishop Marvin Sapp’s 7 for 7 wins in 2009.  Celebrating and honoring the best of Gospel music’s artists, writers and industry professionals, the Stellar Awards also honored Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s “Any Given Sunday” with four awards, with Tasha Cobbs rounding out the top three recipients with three honors for her album “One Place Live.”

Hosted by comedian and syndicated radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley (Dish Nation, Rickey Smiley For Real), and actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2, The View),the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards – the biggest night in Gospel Music – premieres on TV One on Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m. ET with encores at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. ET. The two-hour taped telecast, produced by Central City Productions, will also be broadcast in syndication on 150 stations in more than 125 markets throughout the country from March 12-April 10.

Grammy-nominated Anthony Brown & group therApy kicked-off the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awardswith a spirited, crowd-pleasing medley consisting of “Bless the Lord” and their Billboard Gospel Airplay chart-topping hit “Worth.” Their performance brought the packed house to their feet demonstrating why they garnered top honors with 10 wins.

During the live show, Anthony Brown & group therapy took home trophies in the much sought-after categories of Artist of the Year, State Farm Song of the Year (“Worth”) and Male Vocalist of the Year. The wins secured their spot as the overall winner of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards and rounded out their pre-show award accolades, which included Group/Duo of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Producer of the Year (Anthony Brown and Justin Savage) and Record Music Packaging (Denise Trotman and Conni Treantefeles).

When accepting his award for Male Vocalist of the Year, he said, “As a baritone, as a lower voice, as a raspy voice person, I never felt good enough to sing, period. I always felt like my voice was a curse. And then one day God told me I gave you what I wanted to give you. And I want you to use it for my glory.”

“There’s a system to God’s order. He finds you in the pasture,”  the State Farm Song of the Year recipient also proclaimed. “He finds you in the pasture where you serve. He doesn’t just find you on stage. He finds you while you are serving. We have to serve our way into the kingdom.”

Three-time Stellar Award winner Tasha Cobbs returned to the stage to perform “Put A Praise On It” and to accept three awards for Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year and Praise and Worship CD of the Year. The elated first-ever six time Stellar Award nominee shared with the audience, “There was a hunger in my heart, a longing in my spirit to be at the feet of Jesus. I was thinking, the world is talking about formation, but I believe the church needs to get back to our formation and that’s at the feet of Jesus.”

Sharing her acoustic versions of “Fill Me Up” and “I’m Yours” earlier in the program, Casey J was surprised later on when she was donned New Artist of the Year for her debut album, “The Truth.”  Proud and humbled, she shared her heart.

“As much as we support Gospel music, make sure you’re praying for those artists – beyond just buying their albums – pray for them.  And I just hope that you share that with me, as I pray for you, you pray for us.”

After accepting Choir of the Year at the top of the show, Grammy Award-winning Pastor Charles Jenkins and his electrifying choir Fellowship Chicago captivated the audience with their smash No. 1 hit, “WAR.” Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s sophomore album, “Any Given Sunday,” continues to delight the Gospel community as they took home a total of four awards, including Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year (Charles Jenkins), Music Video of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year. Jenkins, an Inspired People recording artist, proclaimed, “Every church that sings – if you fight for victory anywhere – we agree with you – this means war!”

Brian Courtney Wilson, Hezekiah Walker,Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene and William McDowell also provided inspirational, rousing and spirit-filled performances throughout evening. The audience raised their voices in song during an all-star collaboration featuring the Dream Team of Gospel Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop Marvin Sapp’s medley of “A Secret Place,” “Never Would Have Made It,” “That Name” and “Stand.”

During the show, Stellar Gospel Music Awards Founder Don Jackson and nominee Erica Campbell bestowed the Stellar Honors, a special award and medallion commemorating excellence in their respective fields upon versatile film and television comic actor Jonathan Slocumb, and legendary Gospel figures multi-platinum recording artist and nationally syndicated radio host Yolanda Adams, highest-charting Gospel recording artist of all time Bishop Marvin Sapp, and featured vocalist on the landmark recording, “Oh, Happy Day” and the very first Stellar Awards host in 1985 Lady Tramaine Hawkins.

The Allstate James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by award-winning producer songwriter Byron Cage and the reigning queen of Gospel Pastor Shirley Caesar posthumously to Grammy Award-winner O’landa Draper with riveting tribute performances by his true disciples Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker and Ricky Dillard. The Brat Pack “turned up the testimony” with a medley of his well-known songs: “He Touched Me,” “Gotta Feelin’,” “My Soul Doth Magnify,” and “I Gotta Reason.” Accepting the award on his behalf was his sister Teresa A. Draper, who was deeply touched that his songs continue to resonate with fans.

Joe Ligon, founder and lead vocalist of the Mighty Clouds of Joy, also received the Chevrolet Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award, which was presented by Dr. Bobby Jones who accepted on his behalf.

Prior to the show, this year’s celebration began with urban contemporary Gospel singer Janice Gaines hosting a live stream on the star-studded red carpet featuring Gospel greats, television, film and political luminaries such as self-help author Iyanla Vanzant, actresses Wendy Raquel Robinson (Here We Go Again),LeToya Luckett (Here We Go Again) and Trinitee Stokes (K.C. Undercover), War Room actor T.C. Stallings, Pastor Marlon Lock, nationally syndicated radio host Willie Moore, Jr., award-winning photographer and Director Derek Blanks, and Gospel singers Jason Nelson, Jonathan McReynolds, Dorinda Clarke Cole, Alexis Spight, Briana Babineaux, Maurette Brown Clark, Tim Bowman, Jr., Jekalyn Carr, Pure N Hart, Jada Redmond, Virtue, Robyn and Tiff Joy.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show also occurred the day before on Friday, Feb. 19, to celebrate non-televised awards winners, such as The Rance Allen Group for Traditional Group/Duo of the Year, Tina Campbell for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Dr. Marabeth Gentry and The Thomas A. Dorsey Foundation for the Thomas A. Dorsey Notable Achievement Award. The Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase, honoring top radio stations and announcers serving urban gospel music audiences, followed Saturday, Feb. 20 with Praise 104.1-WPRS in Washington D.C. as Major Market of the Year, AllNationsRadio.net as Internet Station of the Year and Tracy Bethea Bodie of Memphis, Tennessee’s WHAL, earning Gospel Announcer of the Year.

The 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards‘ winners are selected by online voters who recognize the year’s best performances in the genre, honored Gospel music icons and acknowledge the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry.  Additional information and updates are also available by following the Stellar Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on TV One’s telecast of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, viewers can join the conversation by visiting the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv and connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #StellarAwards and #Represent. For more information on syndicated airings of the show, visit www.thestellarawards.com

Prestige family don’t make sure you tune in and watch the Stellar Awards premiering on TV One on Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m. ET with encores at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. EST. The two-hour taped telecast, produced by Central City Productions, will also be broadcast in syndication on 150 stations in more than 125 markets throughout the country from March 12-April 10.

 

*** THE 2016 AWARD WINNERS ***

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN, WORTH – EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

 

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • CASEY J., THE TRUTH, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT

 

CD OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

CHOIR OF THE YEAR

  • CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY,INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN & JUSTIN SAVAGE, EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

  • THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, CELEBRATE, TYSCOT

 

CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • CHARLES JENKINS, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

 

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

 

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • TINA CAMPBELL, IT’S PERSONAL, GEE TREE CREATIVE

 

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR

  • ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR

  • TINA CAMPBELL, IT’S PERSONAL, GEE TREE CREATIVE

 

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • KIRK FRANKLIN, WANNA BE HAPPY? (SINGLE), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA RECORDS

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • CHARLES JENKINS & THE SPIN SINGERS, #WAR – ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO), INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

 

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

  • CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY,INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL  

 

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

  • J.J. HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE, I SEE VICTORY, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC

 

INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR

  • BEN TANKARD, FULL TANK 2.0, BENJAMIN UNIVERSAL MUSIC

 

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR

  • VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2015, RCA INSPIRATION

 

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR

  • DEREK MINOR, EMPIRE, REFLECTION MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC

 

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR

  • GOD’S GIFT AND SOLDIERS YOUTH CHOIR, THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLOOD, DIR/MOTOR CITY PRAISE RECORDS

 

QUARTET OF THE YEAR

  • THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, CELEBRATE, TYSCOT

 

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR

  • DENISE TROTMAN & CONNI TREANTEFELES, EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

 

PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR

  • TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

 

JAMES CLEVELAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • O’LANDA DRAPER (POSTHUMOUSLY)

 

AMBASSADOR DR. BOBBY JONES LEGEND AWARD

  • WILLIE JOE LIGON

 

THOMAS A. DORSEY MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • DR. MARABETH GENTRY & THE THOMAS A. DORSEY FOUNDATION

 

STELLAR HONORS

  • TRAMAINE HAWKINS
  • YOLANDA ADAMS
  • MARVIN SAPP
  • JONATHAN SLOCUMB

 

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

 

MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • PRAISE 104.1 WPRS, WASHINGTON, DC, RON THOMPSON

 

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • HEAVEN 600 – WCAO – AM, BALTIMORE, LEE MICHAELS

 

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • PRAISE 104.7 FM WPZZ 104.7, RICHMOND, REGINALD BAKER

 

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • WIMG 1300 AM, TRENTON, NJ, ED LONG

 

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR

  • ALL NATIONS RADIO, ALLNATIONSRADIO.NET, BISHOP SAMUEL MCGILL III

 

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR

  • TRACY BETHEA BODIE, WHAL – MEMPHIS, TN

Sherri Shepard and Rickey Smiley

  Yolanda AdamsAnthony Brown

 

 

 

 

Donnie McClurkin

Hillary ClintonDorinda Clark Cole Bobby JonesKirk Franklin and Tammy Franklin
Dorthy Norwood


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stellar Awards: The Winners and Best Moments From the 2015 Ceremony

For 30 years, the Stellar Awards have honored artists whose unique Gospel sounds have inspired the nation. Every year, artists from the Gospel Music genre gather to experience their biggest celebration annually and award those who have put hard work and dedication into their sound. With award categories pertaining to the world of the very…

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For 30 years, the Stellar Awards have honored artists whose unique Gospel sounds have inspired the nation. Every year, artists from the Gospel Music genre gather to experience their biggest celebration annually and award those who have put hard work and dedication into their sound. With award categories pertaining to the world of the very specific genre, some of the biggest names in Gospel Music attend annually. Every year there is a star studded red carpet, outstanding performances, and entertaining highlights. The 2015 Stellar Awards were no exception with deserving winners and one amazing surprise performance.

The 2015 show, held in Las Vegas, was co-hosted by David and Tamela Mann along with Ricky Smiley. The dynamic trio was described by several social media sites as some of the best co-hosts the awards ceremony has seen in its 30 years.

Among award winners was ten time nominee Eric Campbell. This stellar performer cleaned house during this show, claiming several awards including; Contemporary CD of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Urban/Inspirational Singer of the Year. With a moving acceptance speech, Campbell took to the stage to acknowledge her sister and the support she has received particularly over the last few years. Her sister, who is part of the duo “Mary Mary” also won an award the same night. Later in the evening, Deitrick Haddon took to the stage to accept his award for Best Male Vocalist of the Year. His heartfelt acceptance included references to his difficult past year and his ability to overcome thanks to his outlet—Gospel Music. He dedicated his award to those that were like him, the people who overcome adversity and terrible decision. A little later in the night he took to the performance stage with several other big names to sing their rendition of “My City.” The collaboration included 7 artists in total.

The New Artist of the Year Award was collected by Tasha Page Lockhart, who had the honor to perform on stage with other first timers “The Wall.” The group performed “Faith Come Alive” and “Great is Your Love” on the main stage. Co-host Tamela Mann also came out of the two hour night with an award for Special Event CD of the Year for her work on “Best Days Deluxe Edition.”

Like other awards shows, the two hour broadcast was only made complete by the star studded musical guest roster that took to the main stage to highlight both classic and new Gospel Music. The biggest surprise of the night was the on stage reunion of girl group, Destiny’s Child. Michelle Williams opened the show and was quickly joined on stage by former group member Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland. The show stopping performance to “Say Yes,” was a fantastic way to open the ceremony. Other performers included Yolanda Adams, Canton Jones Jr., and Pastor Beverly Crawford.

A beautiful finale for the night, Bishop Paul Morton was presented with the Allstate James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his work. He was serenaded with a beautiful rendition of “I’m Still Standing” performed by Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers.

Known nationally as the “Greatest Night in Gospel Music,” the Stellar Awards are held to honor the amazing performers that pour their heart and soul into the inspirational and moving genre of Gospel. The 2015 Stellar Awards was pre-recorded March 28, 2015 at the New Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and was shown nationally on tvOne. Prestige Magazine wish to thank The Stellar Awards for allowing us the privilege to cover and report on one of gospels greatest award shows, that continue to excel each year. Please check through-out the year for updated information on next years Stellar Awards so that our readers can get their tickets early and share in the upcoming 2016 year at the Stellar with Prestige.  Check out the winners below of the 30th Anniversary 2015 Annual Stellar Awards.

The 2015 Award Winners are:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR IS ERICA CAMPBELL  – HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC

SONG OF THE YEAR WINNER IS TIFFANY JOY MCGHEE, AMAZING – AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR WINNER IS DEITRICK HADDON – DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR WINNER IS ERICA CAMPBELL – “HELP”

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR WINNER IS THE WALLS GROUP – “FAST FORWARD”                                                                                                                    

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR WINNER IS TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART – “HERE RIGHT NOW”, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA

CD OF THE YEAR WINNER IS ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 

CHOIR OF THE YEAR WINNER IS RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING,LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR WINNER IS WARRYN CAMPBELL, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR WINNER IS THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA 

TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR WINNER IS LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA 

CONTEMPORARY MALE OF THE YEAR WINNER IS SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL 

TRADITIONAL MALE OF THE YEAR WINNER IS DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE OF THE YEAR WINNER IS ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 

TRADITIONAL FEMALE OF THE YEAR WINNER IS BEVERLY CRAWFORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE, ECHO PARK/JDI 

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR WINNER IS ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR WINNER IS RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR WINNER IS ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR WINNER IS MATTHEW CHERRY, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR WINNER IS RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR WINNER IS DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR WINNER IS TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS DELUXE EDITION, TILLYMANN MUSIC 

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR WINNER IS LECRAE, ANOMALY, REACH RECORDS 

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR WINNER IS KENDRA SMITH, SOMETHING NEW, DIVINE RECORDS 

QUARTET OF THE YEAR WINNER IS LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA 

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR WINNER IS DEREK BLANKS, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 

PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR WINNER IS WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR WINNERS 

MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • WPZE 102.5/102.9, ATLANTA, DEREK HARPER 

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • 1480 WBBP, MEMPHIS, TRACY MORGAN 

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • KMVP GOSPEL 860 AM, PHOENIX, LOUIS BLAND 

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • WEHA, ATLANTIC CITY, ELAINE M. HAWKES 

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR

  • URBAN PRAISE, WWW.URBANPRAISERADIO.ORG, EFFIE ROLFE 

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR

  • ANGELA MARTIN, WGRB – CHICAGO, IL

 For More Coverage and photos of the 30th Anniversary 2015 Stellar Awards, click and view on    page 70 in our September Issue

Sept 2015 Issue

September Special 2015 Issue

 

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