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35th Anniversary Stellar Awards Complete Winners List

 

Not even a global pandemic could diminish the powerful spirit of praise, worship and celebration during the historic virtual broadcast of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Sunday night on BET and BET Her.

 

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Led by hosts Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne, the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards awarded trophies in 28 categories for the year’s best performances in the genre — including six statues presented to the night’s big winner, host and Gospel icon Kirk Franklin.

 

Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne

Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne

 

 

35TH ANNIVERSARY STELLAR AWARDS TOP WINNERS 2020

Kirk Franklin – 6

Donald Lawrence – 4

John P. Kee – 3

Kurt Carr – 3

Tasha Cobbs Leonard – 2

Le’Andria Johnson – 2

The Walls Group – 2

Pastor Mike Jr. – 2

 

 

From the first moments featuring welcome remarks by Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson and powerful show open by Tye Tribbett of his uplifting anthem “We Gon’ Be Alright,” through the final credit roll, the “Greatest Night in Gospel Music” lived up to its claim to fame. Virtually bringing together the nation’s Gospel community to offer hope and inspiration during these turbulent times, among the evening’s highlights are a moving tribute to the late Congressman John Lewis by CeCe Winans, who performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and special recognition to COVID-19 first responder heroes.

 

CeCe Winans Stellar awards faith health and home

CeCe Winans

 

 

Kirk Franklin’s work on Long Live Love earned him five Stellar Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, and Contemporary Album of the Year. Franklin earned an additional Song of the Year trophy for his work on “Love Theory.” Gospel great Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers received four Stellar Awards for work on the Goshen project including Choir of the Year and Contemporary Choir of the Year, as well as Song of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year for “Deliver Me (This is My Exodus).” Gospel legend John P. Kee‘s I Made It Out delivered three Stellar Awards for Traditional Male Vocalist, Traditional Album of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year.

Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin (Photo Cred-Kauwuane Burton)

 

 

John P Kee

John P Kee

 

 

Singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard garnered two trophies for Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year for her project Heart, Passion, Pursuit, while Le’Andria Johnson earned two for her work on Donald Lawrence’s project, Goshen in the categories Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year Award and the Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. The Walls Group received two statues for Duo Group of the Year and Contemporary Duo Group of the Year for their album Friend in Me, along with newcomer Pastor Mike Jr. who took home a pair of Stellar Awards for New Artist of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop Gospel Album of the Year for his work on Live Free. Kurt Carr received two Stellar awards, one as an artist (Traditional Duo/Chorus Group of the Year) and another for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year for the Bless Somebody Else project.

 

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

 

 

Rounding out the night with one Stellar Award each were JJ Hairston (Praise and Worship Album of the Year), Ben Tankard (Instrumental Album of the Year), Gospel Kids (Youth Project of the Year), Keith Wonderboy Johnson (Quartet of the Year) and Greenleaf; Season 3 (Special Event Album of the Year).

 

JJ Hairston

JJ Hairston

 

 

Ben Tankard

Ben Tankard

 

 

35th Anniversary Stellar Awards Complete Winners List

 

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

 

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence, William Stokes, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge

& Desmond Davis; RCA Inspiration

 

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

 

 

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Le’Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

 

 

DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records

The Walls Group

The Walls Group

 

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Pastor Mike Jr.; Live Free; Black Smoke Worldwide

 

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

 

 

CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

2019 – 2020

 

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Kirk Franklin, Ronald Hill & Phil Thornton; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

 

 

CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records

 

 

TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers; Bless Somebody Else; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration

 

Kurt Carr

Kurt Carr

 

 

CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

 

 

TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One

 

 

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

 

 

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Le’Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

 

 

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

 

 

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

I Made It Out; John P. Kee; Entertainment One

 

 

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; RCA Inspiration

 

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Love Theory; Matt DeLisi; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

 

 

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One

 

 

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

 

 

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Rise!; Ben Tankard; BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Greenleaf: Season 3 (Music from The Original TV Series); Various Artists; Lionsgate Entertainment

 

 

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Live Free; Pastor Mike Jr.; Black Smoke Worldwide

 

Pastor Mike Jr

Pastor Mike Jr

 

 

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Gospel Kids; Gospel Kids Present… Christian Soldiers; Tyscot Records

 

 

QUARTET OF THE YEAR

Keith Wonderboy Johnson & Josh Myles; Inspirational Project; Timeless Music

Keith Wonderboy Johnson

Keith Wonderboy Johnson

 

 

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR

Bless Somebody Else; Derek Blanks; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration

 

 

PRAISE AND WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Miracle Worker; JJ Hairston; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One

 

 

Performers raised the bar with awe-inspiring renditions of their work calling attention to social justice and other challenges facing our society. Breathtaking and visually-stunning performances were delivered by Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown, James Fortune, Koryn Hawthorne, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Jonathan McReynolds, Travis Greene, Kierra Sheard, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Tauren Wells, Zacardi Cortez, Pastor Mike Jr, DOE, and Rich Tolbert Jr. Emerging artists making their Stellar Awards debut, Group Fire, Keyla Richardson, Melvin Crispell III, and Titus Showers joined a rich legacy of 35 years of excellence in Gospel music.

 

Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann

 

 

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown

 

 

Jonathan McReynolds

Jonathan McReynolds

 

Kierra Sheard

Kierra Sheard

 

Marvin Sapp

Marvin Sapp

 

 

Watch Highlights of Stellar Performances of Tye Tribbett, Tauren Wells, Travis Greene and DOE, and Koryn Hawthorne (in order of appearance) below.

 

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The show’s hosts visited first responder heroes on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic in Dallas, Nashville and Chicago, expressing gratitude for their sacrifice and bestowing commemorative Stellar Awards lapel pins in honor of their service. In addition, several healthcare professionals and civic organizations were highlighted for their efforts to combat the deadly pandemic. The segments were made possible with the generous support of sponsors AT&T, State Farm, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, McDonalds and AARP.

 

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael A. Johnson serves as producer and director for this year’s award show. The Stellar Awards is presented by AT&T and recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry.

 

 

To relive all of the highlights, viewers can watch the Stellar Awards in national broadcast syndication in 210 markets starting August 29 – September 27 (check local listings). Follow @thestellars for the latest news and updates about the greatest night in Gospel music.

 

 

For more info, visit at www.thestellarawards.com

 

Subscribe to the Stellar Awards YouTube channel for highlights from last year and big moments from the past 35 years of Stellar Awards. Also follow the show on social media — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hashtag: #StellarAwards.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

info@faithhealthandhome.com

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