Stellar Awards Nominees

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 onewith 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 isĀ  wonderful because we are giving God praise andacknowledging 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

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