Stellar Awards Nominees

by: 

CA Staff
Oct 23, 2000

NOMINEES

Artist of the Year



Yolanda Adams; Montain High...Valley Low; AIR

Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia

Hezekiah Walker & LFCC; Family Affair; Verity

CeCe Winans; Alabaster Box; Wellspring

Gospel

Song of the Year (Songwriter; Song; Label)

David Frazier and Hezekiah Walker; "Power Belongs To
God"; Verity

Lawrence; "Never Seen The Righteous"; EMI Gospel

James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James Wright, Yolanda
Adams; "Open My Heart"; Elektra

Sam Cooke; "Be A Fence"; Verity

Male Vocalist of the Year

Daryl Coley; Christmas Is Here; Verity

Fred Hammond; Purpose By Design; Verity

Luther Barnes; Wherever I Go; AIR

Rev. James Moore; Family and Friends, Live From
Detroit; Malaco

Female Vocalist of the Year

Yolanda Adams; Mountain High..Valley Low; Elektra

Brenda Waters; Believers & Friends; Crystal Rose

CeCe Winans; Alabaster Box; Wellspring Gospel

Kathy Taylor-Brown; Taylormade; Aleho

Group Duo of the Year

Trin-i-tee 5:7; Spiritual Love; B-Rite
The Williams Brothers; The Concert; Blackberry Records

Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia

Luther Barnes & The Sunset
Jubilaires; Wherever I Go; AIR

New Artist of the Year

The McClurkins; The McClurkin Project; Gospo Centric

Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia

Bishop Clarence McClendon; Shout Hallelujah; Integrity

Tarralyn Ramsey; Tarralyn Ramsey; Verity

Choir of the Year

Hezekiah Walker & LFCC; Family Affair; Verity

Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ; Purpose By Design;
Verity

Ricky Dillard & New G; No Limit; Crystal Rose

Mississippi Mass Choir; Emmanuel; Malaco

Producer of the Year

Fred Hammond; Purpose By Design; Verity

Donald Lawrence, Cedric Thompson, James Poyser,
Daniel Weatherspoon; tri-city4.com; EMI Gospel

Fred Hammond, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jarren
Campbell,
Richard Smallwood, Kevin Bond; Mountain High...Valley
Low ; Elektra

Hezekiah Walker; Family Affair; Verity

Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year

Trin-i-tee 5:7; Spiritual Love; B-Rite

Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ; Purpose By Design;
Verity

Commissioned; Time & Season; Verity

Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia

CD of the Year

Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ;
Purpose By Design; Verity

Donald Lawrence presents The Tri-City Singers; tri-
city4.com; EMI Gospel

Norman Hutchins; Battlefield; JDI

Yolanda Adams; Mountain High..Valley Low; Elektra

Traditional Group/Duo of the Year

The Williams Brothers; The Concert; Blackberry Records ,br>
The Canton Spirituals; The Live Experience 1999; Verity

Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires; Wherever I Go;
AIR

Brenda Waters & Rev. Michael Mark; Believers &
Friends; Crystal Rose

Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year

Darwin Hobbs; Vertical; EMI Gospel

Marvin Sapp; Nothing Else Matters; Myrrh

Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ; Purpose By Design;
Verity

Hezekiah Walker & LFCC; Family Affair; Verity

Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year

Norman Hutchins; Battlefield; JDI

Rev. Gerald Thompson; Live In Chicago; AIR

Rev. James Moore; Family and Friends, Live From
Detroit; Malaco

Carlton Pearson; Live at Azusa 3: Reminding the Saints
of the Hope; Atlantic

Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year

Lillian Lilly; The Other Part of Me; Malaco

Margaret Allison; Home In The Rock; Malaco

Dorothy Norwood; Ole Rickety Bridge; Malaco

Brenda Waters; Believers & Friends; Crystal Rose

Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelli Williams; In The Myx; Myrrh

Ametria; It's Not About Me; MCA

Yolanda Adams; Mountain High..Valley Low; Elektra

CeCe Winans; Alabaster Box; Wellspring Gospel

Contemporary CD of the Year

Yolanda Adams; Mountain High..Valley Low; Elektra

Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia

Trin-i-tee 5:7; Spiritual Love; B-Rite

Hezekiah Walker; Family Affair; Verity

Traditional CD of the Year

Rev. James Moore; Family and Friends,
Live From Detroit; Malaco

The Canton Spirituals; The Live Experience 1999; Verity

The Williams Brothers; The Concert; Blackberry Records

Mississippi Mass Choir; Emmanuel; Malaco

Urban/Inspirational Performance of the Year

Montel Thomas and Soul Winners International; Sealed By Divine Authority; Danbla
Masque; Thank You; Meek
Sounds of Blackness; Reconciliation; Zinc

Al Green; Greatest Gospel Hits; EMI Gospel

Music Video of the Year

Trin-i-tee 5:7; Put Your Hands; B-Rite

Mary MaryShackles; Columbia

Yolanda Adams; Open My Heart; Elektra

Hezekiah Walker & LFCC; Let's Dance; Verity

Traditional Choir of the Year

Chester Baldwin & Music Ministry Mass Choir; Sing It On
Sunday; JDI

Bishop Clarence McClendon presents The Harvest Fire
Mega Mass Choir; Shout Hallelujah; Integrity

Carlton Pearson; Live at Azusa 3: Reminding The Saints
of the Hope; Atlantic

Brooklyn Tabernacle Mass Choir; God Is Working - Live;
Word

Contemporary Choir of the Year

Hezekiah Walker & LFCC; Family Affair; Verity
Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ; Purpose By Design;
Verity

Ricky Dillard & New G; No Limit; Crystal Rose

Donald Lawrence presents The Tri-City Singers; tri-
city4.com; EMI Gospel

Instrumental CD of the Year
(minimum number of nominations not met)

Special Event CD of the Year
Various; M2K; Gospo Centric

Various; WoW Gospel 2000; Verity

Various; J2K - Jesus 2000; EMI Gospel

Andre Crouch; The Gift of Christmas; Qwest

Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year

Hezekiah Walker & LFCC; Family Affair; Verity

Lexi; And That's The Way It Is; Real Deal

Montrel Darrett; J2K - Jesus 2000; EMI
Gospel
Gospel Gangstaz; I Can See Clearly Now; B-Rite Music

Children's Performance of the Year

(minimum number of nominations not met)

Survey says!
With the Gospel Music Association making great strides towards incorporating more styles of gospel music including many of the categories listed above, the question has been raised as to whether or not there is a need for two awards ceremonies that cover so many of the same categories.

What do our readers think? Is there a need for both the Dove Awards and the Stellar Awards? Is the Gospel Music Association doing enough to recognize all forms of gospel music, including music that represents African American artists? Is there a need for two platforms for black gospel artists? Do the Stellar Awards inadvertently promote racial division by limiting their awards to predominantly black artists or are they providing a needed platform these artists are not getting anywhere else?

What do you think? Send us your thoughts and comments to: Survey says!

RESPONSE TO SURVEY

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I BELIEVE THAT THE ONE AWARD SHOULD INCOPORATE BOTH THE DOVE AND THE STELLAR AWARDS. I DO NOT BELIEVE
THAT SHOULD BE A SEPARATE AWARD FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST SHOULD HAVE TO BE GIVEN. WHETHER IT
BE THE STELLAR OR THE DOVE, THE ONE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF ALL.

David L.

Music is a universal language! As with any genre of art forms, people have their preferences. I enjoy a variety of Christian music ranging from
traditional hymns to the urban rhythm and blues sound to the acoustic guitar sound of contemporary praise and worship.

As far as awards are
concerned, competing against other brothers and sisters over who is the best in this or that is interesting to me. The bible speaks of No One
greater than anyone or no one seeing themselves higher than they ought. I know others are voting for persons and nominating persons, but
should there even be AWARDS acknowledging whose song was appreciated or enjoyed more than someone else's IN THE CHRISTIAN
COMMUNITY?

Every song that is sang, every song that is written, every video that is ministered, every word that is spoken should
acknowledge God, not the person. He is the one that SHOULD receive the glory, not man. It is He who gave all of us our talents and gifts to
do what we do (singing, writing, etc...) Awards give man the glory and we try to make it right by receiving the award and say, "I would like to
thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...." .

I know this will not change because we are in this world!!! I know this seems like an unrealistic
view. It really is in THIS world. I enjoy the awards programs (the performances, ministering, etc.) . It would be great to see an annual
program that just showcases God's talent in the same way, but awards not given out. Just talk about what the artist is doing and what he/she
has done . Just call it Stellar Showcase or Dove Showcase! Then each year we can look forward to a night of ministering and entertainment
WITHOUT the competition!!!

And no, there should be one ceremony, but there is such a variety of music that it's difficult to compare one
with another in one night. Those voting do not listen to the same music. If there was an objective group of people with God's integrity,
THEN maybe there could be a reasonable awards ceremony. I believe ALL of the music is wonderful because we are giving God praise and
acknowledging what He has done and will do in other's lives. I truly believe the only day we will come together as one will be the day Christ
comes for us!

Thank you for taking the time to read my opinion!

Angelic Berry, TN