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Central City Productions completed the taping of the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. The annual show hailed as an, “epic night in gospel music,” was hosted by Kirk Franklin. The telecast will premiere on TV One, Good Friday, March 30, at 9/8c . Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication March 31-May 6, 2018.

This year’s spectacular show open featured Stellar Awards alum Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show also included an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a stand out moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.”

The night included performances by Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard, Torri Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkinMerle DandridgeDavid MannAnika Noni Rose and more.

Top winners of the night were JJ Hairston winning six awards, Travis Greene and Tasha Cobbs Leonard winning four awards each and Anthony Brown winning two awards.

Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham received The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country March 31 – May 6, 2018.  For more information visit http://www.thestellarawards.com/. 

2018 STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

Category #1 – ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

Category #2 – SONG OF THE YEAR
David Bloom, Cortez Vaughn, Phontane Demond Reed & JJ Hairston, You Deserve It (JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise), JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

 

Category #3 – MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

 

CATEGORY #4 – ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #5 – DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records

CATEGORY #6 – NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records

CATEGORY #7- CD OF THE YEAR
You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

CATEGORY #8 – CHOIR OF THE YEAR
You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

CATEGORY #9 – PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City,RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #10 – CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records

CATEGORY #11 – TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Rance Allen Group, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records

CATEGORY #12 – CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #13 – TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #14 – CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #15 – TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CeCe Winans, Let them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel

CATEGORY #16 – CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #17 – TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
Close, Marvin Sapp, Verity/RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #18 – URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

CATEGORY #19 – MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Derek Blanks, We Livin – It’s Still Personal (Tina Campbell), Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

CATEGORY #20 – TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live in New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One

CATEGORY #21 – CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

CATEGORY #22 – INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR
Kirk Whalum, #LoveCovers, Top Drawer Records

CATEGORY #23 – SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
Greenleaf Soundtrack Season 2, Various Artists, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #24 – RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
Greatness, Canton Jones, Radar Live/Cajo Records

CATEGORY #25 – YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
God’s Little Soldiers International Boys Choir, Through the Years, DIR/Motor City Praise

CATEGORY #26 – QUARTET OF THE YEAR
The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records

CATEGORY #27 – RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Derek Blanks, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #28 – PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

 

Source: uGospel.com

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