Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | January 26, 2009

The 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners

Gospel Artist Marvin Sapp Takes Home Seven Stellar Awards

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On January 17th, The 24Th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards were handed out at the legendary Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Leading the list of winners was chart-topping traditional gospel singer Marvin Sapp with seven awards including “Artist of the Year,” Song of the Year,” Male Vocalist of the Year,” and “CD of the Year.”

Gospel’s newest star, Jonathan Nelson nabbed three Stellar statues including “Contemporary CD of the Year,” “Group/Duo of the Year” and “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year” for the CD “Right Now Praise,” from Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose.

The ladies shined bright this evening with Jessica Green taking home the “New Artist of the Year” award and The Clark Sisters winning in the “Special Event of the Year” category.

Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Central City Productions, brought the prestigious award show back to Nashville, Tenn. for the 4th consecutive year, bringing excitement, anticipation and gospel music’s brightest stars to Music City.

Super stars of  music, film and television came out in support of the show’s 24th year, including “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd, actors Sheryl Lee Ralph and Clifton Davis, R&B Singer Mario of “Dancing with The Stars.”  Stellar performances came from the always energetic Tye Tribbett, this year’s “Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance CD of the Year” winner Kirk Franklin and last year’s Rap Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year” winner, Da’ T.R.U.T.H.

Below is the complete list of The 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

SONG OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp and Matthew Brownie, “Never Would Have Made It” – Thirsty, Zomba Label Group

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dorinda Clark-Cole, Take it Back, Zomba Label Group

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose, Right Now Praise, Integrity Music

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jessica Greene, 4 the World, Habakkuk Music

CD OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Ricky Dillard & New G, The 7th Episode: Live in Toronto, NuSpring Records/EMI Gospel

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Aaron Lindsey, Thirsty, Zomba Label Group

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose, Right Now Praise, Integrity Music

TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
 The Canton Spirituals, Driven, Verity/Zomba Label Group

CONTEMPORARY MALE OF THE YEAR
Byron Cage, Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation, Gospocentric/Zomba Label Group

TRADITIONAL MALE OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE OF THE YEAR
CeCe Winans, Thy Kingdom Come, PureSprings Gospel

TRADITIONAL FEMALE OF THE YEAR
Beverly Crawford, Live from Los Angeles, JDI Records

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose, Right Now Praise, Integrity Music

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Kirk Franklin, “Declaration: (This is it)” – The Fight of My Life, Fo Yo Soul/Gospocentric/Zomba Label Group

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, “Never Would Have Made It”, Verity/Zomba Label Group

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Bishop Paul Morton & The Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir, Embracing the Next Dimension, Light Records/Tehillah

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Ricky Dillard & New G., The 7th Episode: Live in Toronto, NuSpring Records/EMI Gospel

INSTRUMENTAL GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
Angella Christie, The Breath of Life, ACSM Music

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
The Clark Sisters, The Best of the Clark Sisters Encore, Dexterity Sounds

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Open Book, Cross Movement Records

CHILDREN’S PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Kaira Miller, In God’s Time/It Ain’t Over, GFM Entertainment

QUARTET OF THE YEAR
Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’S, So Much to be Thankful for, MCG Records

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Michelle Lukianovich, Art Direction & Design; Keith Major, Photography, Marvin Sapp – Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
Shekinah Glory Ministry, Jesus, Kingdom Records


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