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Prestige was honored to cover the 27th Annual Stellar Awards which recognized the accomplishments in gospel music. The showed taped at the iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
The award show was hosted by gospel greats Marvin Sapp and Dorinda Clark Cole. The list of winners included Vashawn Mitchell who lead the way with six awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Praise and Worship CD of the Year, and Contemporary Male of the Year.
The evening started out with a heart pumping praise with Kirk Fraklin taking the stage and performing a number of his latest hits including his hit “Smile” for which he won an award for Song of the Year.
Kirk Franklin also took home Producer of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and CD of the Year.
Other great performers of the night included Fred Hammonds, Ricky Dillard, New G, Earnest Pugh, Vision, and Richard Smallwood.
Other winners of the night included Kim Burrell, Smokie Norful, Mary Mary, and The Rance Allen Group. Y’anna Crawley won the New Artist of the Year award and gave thanks to her fans for listening to her music and also thanks to God.
Dorothy Norwood was all presented with the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. The 27th Annual Stellar Awards will air nationwide from Janauary 21, 2012 thru February 11, 2012.
Below are the winners for the 27th Annual Stellar Awards.
Female Vocalist of the Year Group/Duo of the Year
Kim Burrell Mary Mary
New Artist of the Year CD of the Year
Y’Anna Kirk Franklin – I Smile
Choir of the Year Producer of the Year
Ricky Dillard Kirk Franklin for Hello Fear
Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year Traditional Group/Duo of the Year
Mary Mary Rance Allen Group
Contemporary Male of the Year Traditional Male of the Year
VaShawn Mitchell Smokie Norful
Contemporary Female of the Year
Traditional Female of the Year Contemporary CD of the Year
Beverly Crawford Kirk Franklin | Hello Fear
Traditional CD of the Year Urban Inspirational Performance of the Year
Smokie Norful | How I Got Over… VaShawn Mitchell | “Nobody Greater”
Music Video of the Year – Short Form Music Video of the Year – Long Form
VaShawn Mitchell | “Nobody Greater” Deitrick Haddon | Church on the Moon
Traditional Choir of the Year Contemporary Choir of the Year
Mississippi Mass Choir Shekinah Glory Ministry
Instrumental Gospel CD of the Year Special Event CD of the Year
Moses Tyson Jr | Music Remastered & Sacred Organ Bishop Paul Morton | Still
Rap, Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year Children’s Project of the Year
Lecrae | Rehab: The Overdose Teen Pure N Heart | Pure N Heart Live
Quartet of the Year Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
Rance Allen Group Martha Munizzi for Make It Loud (Martha Munizzi)
Praise and Worship CD of the Year Spoken Word CD of the Year
VaShawn Mitchell | Triumphant Selah | Look At You Loving Me
Radio Station of the Year
Major Market (3M+) Large Market (1-3M)
KJLH 102.3 FM (Los Angeles, CA) WHAL 95.7 FM/1460 AM (Memphis, TN)
Medium Market (500,000-1M) Small Market (under 500,000)
WLOU 1350 AM (Louisville, KY) KOKA 980 AM (Shreveport, LA)
GMC TELECAST: Saturday, February 11th, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST on GMC
The show will air in national syndication from January 21, 2012 to February 26, 2012. Below are just a few air-dates & times in some of the major markets. For a complete list of air-dates, visit the Stellar Awards website (www.thestellarawards.com).
Atlanta, GA (FOX) – February 4, 2012, 4PM
Washington, DC (CW) – February 12, 2012, 1PM
Philadelphia, PA (MyNetworkTV) – February 5, 2012, 3PM
Houston, TX (MyNetworkTV) – January 21, 2012, 7PM
Detroit, MI (WADL-TV) – February 5, 2012, 8PM
Norfolk, VA (FOX) – January 29, 2012, 12PM & February 12, 2012, 1PM
Charlotte, NC (ABC) – February 26, 2012, 2PM
Cleveland-Akron, OH (ABC) – February 5, 2012, 1PM
St. Louis, MO (MyNetworkTV) – February 19, 2012, 5PM
Orlando-Dayton Beach, FL (WRDQ-TV) – February 5, 2012, 3PM
Birmingham, AL (ABC) – February 12, 2012, 12PM
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA (KOFY-TV) – February 25, 2012, 3PM
Richmond-Petersburg, VA (FOX) – February 12, 2012, 3PM
Jackson, MS (ABC) – January 29, 2012, 12PM
Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC (FOX) – February 12, 2012, 1PM
Nashville, TN (MyNetworkTV) – February 5, 2012, 7PM
Indianapolis, IN (WHMB-TV) – January 26, 2012, 8PM & February 23, 2012, 8PM
Columbus, OH (W23BZ-TV) – January 21, 2012, 8PM
Shreveport, LA (MyNetworkTV) – January 25, 2012, 8PM
Milwaukee, WI (MyNetworkTV) – January 29, 2012, 3PM
Savannah, GA (FOX) – January 29, 2012, 1PM
Pittsburgh, PA (MyNetworkTV) – February 12, 2012, 3PM
Charleston, SC (ABC) – January 21, 2012, 2PM
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI – January 29, 2012, 12:30PM
Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) – February 5, 2012, 12:30PM