20 Jan 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Platinum artist Marvin Sapp topped the list of winners during the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards announced last Saturday night during the show’s taping at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House Theater.
NASHVILLE – Platinum artist Marvin Sapp topped the list of winners during the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards announced last Saturday night during the show’s taping at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House Theater.
Top gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp walked away from the Stellar Awards with four big wins during the show’s 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards taping last Saturday evening in Nashville. His “Here I Am” recording project was named “CD of the Year,“ and “Traditional CD of the Year.” The pastor was also named “Traditional Male of the Year,” and “Artist of the Year.” (Photos by Earl Stanback)
Contemporary gospel artist and producer Kirk Franklin was given the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for his recording project with other gospel greats to raise money for Haiti relief efforts after the massive earthquake, entitled: “Are You Listening: A Love Song For Haiti.”
The Grand Ole Opry landmark was transformed into a spirit-filled sanctuary as Pastor McClurkin led the “congregation” in a prayer for Sapp and provided one of the night’s biggest moments.
“It’s great to be honored by your peers, and you do your best to give honor and glory to God,” said Sapp. “But it’s bittersweet with my wife not here with me.”
Before introducing the performance, McClurkin added, “If it wasn’t for Pastor Marvin Sapp’s wife Malinda, this song would have never made it on the CD.”
Salute to Kirk Franklin, Haiti
Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin, who was honored with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for his Haitian relief efforts, was moved to tears during an All-Star tribute of the song he wrote to benefit disaster victims.
“Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti” was performed by a choir of Franklin’s friends and colleagues. The choir included stars CeCe Winans, Vickie Winans, Karen Clark Sheard, Marvin Sapp, Wess Morgan, Dorinda Clark Cole, Shirley Caesar, J Moss, Myron Butler, The Nevel Sisters, Byron Cage and others.
The award was presented to Franklin by Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (NBC’s “Heroes”).
Franklin spoke of the industry’s response to the tragedy in Haiti, saying “Gospel music – we were the first genre to come together and respond musically.”
The 2011 award winners:
Artist of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group
Song of the year: Bebe Winans, “Close To You - still,” B&C/Malaco
Male vocalist of the year: Byron Cage, “Faithful To Believe,” Verity Gospel Music Group
Female vocalist of the year: Karen Clark Sheard, “All In One,” Karew Records
Group/duo of the year: James Fortune & Fiya, “Encore,” Blacksmoke Music Worldwide
New artist of the year: Kristina Halloway, “Free,” Serum/Psalms Group Universal Music Christian Group
CD of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group
Choir of the year: Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, “He’s Been Good,” Emtro Gospel
Producer of the year: Aaron Lindsey, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group
Contemporary group/duo of the year: Forever Jones, “Get Ready,” EMI Gospel
Traditional group/duo of the year: The Mighty Clouds of Joy, “At The Revival,” EMI Gospel
Contemporary male of the year: James Fortune, “Encore,” Blacksmoke Music Worldwide
Traditional male of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group
Contemporary female of the year: CeCe Winans, “Still,” B&C/Malaco
Traditional female of the year: Lucinda Moore, “Blessed, Broken & Given,” Tyscot Records/Joyfula Records
Contemporary CD of the year: James Fortune & Fiya, “Encore,” Blacksmoke Music Worldwide
Traditional CD of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group
Urban/inspirational single or performance of the year: BeBe & CeCe Winans, “Close To You - Still,” B&C/Malaco
Music video of the year: BeBe & CeCe Winans, “Close To You - Still,” B&C/Malaco
Traditional choir of the year: Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, “He’s Been Good,” Emtro Gospel
Contemporary choir of the year: Myron Butler & Levi, “Revealed Live in Dallas,” EMI Gospel
Special event CD of the year: Various artists, “CoCo Brother live presents stand 2010,” Tyscot Records
Rap hip hop gospel CD of the year: Trip Lee, “Between Two Worlds,” Reach Records
Childrens project of the year: Kingdom Kids Worldwide, “Kingdom Kids Worldwide Volume 1,” Headstrate Entertainment
Quartet of the year: The Christian Angels, “Bring It To The Altar,” 4 Winds/Malaco
Recorded music packaging of the year: Derek Blanks & Ken Barboza, BeBe & CeCe Winans – “Still,” B&C/Malaco
Praise and worship CD of the year: Darwin Hobbs, “Darwin Hobbs Live: Champion,” Imago Dei
Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award – Kirk Franklin
Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend award – Vanessa Bell Armstrong
James Cleveland Lifetime achievement award – Donald Lawrence
(The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards is scheduled to air in syndication from Jan. 22 to March 13 and air on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. CST on GMC (Gospel Music Channel.)
(Sponsors: American Airlines, Ford Motor Company, Verizon How Sweet the Sound, Johnson & Johnson, AllState, Chevrolet, State Farm and McDonald’s.)