The 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards In Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

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OMG!  The past few days have been crazy!  I have not had a chance to post since my lastest big reveal.  However,  you will love my coverage of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards that went down in Las Vegas!

Iyanla Vanzant, Wendy Raquel Robinson, LaToya Luckett, Jason Nelson, Jonathan McReynolds, Hezekiah Walker, Dorinda Clark Cole, Briana Babineaux, Maurette Brown Clark, T.C. Stallings, and Tim Bowman, Jr. were some of the artist on the line up for the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Awards last Saturday, February 20, at Las Vegas Orleans Arena.  This is the Grammys of Gospel music honoring the best in the business.  The collaboration of Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, and Marvin Sapp was one to watch.  The host of the show was Rickey Smiley and Sherri Shepherd.  This will be the Stellar’s premiere on TV One on Sunday, March 6 and will be in syndication on 150 stations on the weekend of March 12 through April 10.

  
   

The Stellar Awards Founder Don Jackson and multiple Erica Campbell bestowed the Stellar Honors, a special award, upon living legends Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, and Jonathan Slocumb.  The James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Pastor Shirley Caesar posthumously to phenomenal Grammy Award winner O’Landa Draper with tribute performances by Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, and Ricky Dillard.  Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy, received the Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award by Bobby Jones himself. The line up was crazy with some of hottest groups and singers in the Gospel game right now like Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, Brian Courtney Wilson, Tasha Cobbs, Casey J, Charles JenkIns and Fellowship Chicago, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Travis Green, and William McDowell delivered some incredible performances throughout the night that I want to buy the CD. Yes the show was just that good it should have been a live recording.  

   

Anthony Brown and Group Therapy made history and won all ten they were nominated for that night.  The Baltimore native who served as Assistant Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.  Brown said he came to the Stellars five years prior and no one knew his name and for this to happen five years later was no one but God.  His sophomore project “Everyday Jesus” with hit single “Worth” was named Song of the Year and Justin Savage were named Producer of the Year.  

   

  

Obnoxious Media would like to congratulate all the winners!

Here is the complete list of winners:

Award Winners
Artist of the Year-Anthony Brown & group therapy, “Everyday Jesus,” Key of A/Tyscot

Song of the Year-“Worth” Anthony Brown & group therapy, “Everyday Jesus,” 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 (posthmously)

Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award-Willie Joe Ligon

Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award-Dr. Marabeth Gentry & The Thomas A. Dorsey Foundation

   

Gospel Radio of the Year Winners

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