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Live From The 2016 Stellar Awards

STELLAR AWARD WINNERS 2016

SPOILER ALERT! If you’re planning to wait for the 31st Annual Stellar Awards telecast, scheduled for Sunday, March 6th on TV-One, to see who won, then don’t read this!

The results are in from this year’s Stellar Awards ceremony held this past weekend (Feb. 20th) in Las Vegas. And by the way, guess who showed up! Hillary Clinton was there, proclaiming herself a “woman of faith.” Think this has anything to do with her running for President? Don’t be so cynical! Of course not – she’s there every year, right?

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Live From The 2016 Stellar Awards

Before we get to the winners, here’s a little background info: The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, now 30 years old, is the first and foremost Gospel event honoring African American artists. It was founded in 1970 by Don Jackson of Chicago-based Central City Productions. The first telecast, executive produced by Jackson and produced by Barbara Wilson, was taped (remember tape?) 30 years ago at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre. This year’s ceremony, actually designated the 2015 awards, honors projects released between October 1st, 2014 and September 30th, 2015.

Live From The 2016 Stellar Awards

The ceremony, hosted by Comedian and TV and Radio personality Rickey Smiley and Comedian / actress Sherri Shepherd, took place at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas after a whirlwind series of activities that started Thursday, Feb. 18th, including The Pre-Awards All-White Party Showcase, Midnight Gospel Bowling, Friday’s Stellar Awards Pre-Show and finally the Morning Glory Breakfast Reception at The Mirage Hotel & Casino the morning before the actual award ceremony. It might be fun to watch the awards just to see who looks worn out after all that partying!

Live From The 2016 Stellar Awards

By now, I’m sure you want to know WHO WON?!?! Okay, here’s the list of this year’s Stellar Gospel Award winners:

Artist of the Year –   Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

Praise & Worship CD of Year  –    Tasha Cobbs  “One Place Live”

New Artist of the Year – Casey J

Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year  –     Tasha Cobbs

Male Vocalist of the Year  –  Anthony Brown

Choir of the Year  –  Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago

CD of the Year  –      Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

Producer of the Year  – Anthony Brown & Justin Savage

Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year  – Anthony Brown & Group Therapy

Tradition Group/Duo of the Year  –    The Rance Allen Group

Contemporary Male Vocalist  –    Anthony Brown

Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award  –  Willie Joe Ligon

James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award  –  O’landa Draper

Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year  –  Charles Jenkins

Stellar Honorees

Yolanda Adams, Tramaine Hawkins, Marvin Sapp, Johnathan Slocumb

Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year  –  Tasha Cobbs

Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year   –  Tina Campbell

Contemporary CD of the Year –  Anthony Brown & Group Therapy  “Everyday Jesus”

Traditional CD of the Year   –  Tina Campbell  – “It’s Personal”

Urban Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year  –  Kirk Franklin   “Wanna Be Happy”

Music Video of the Year  –  Charles Jenkins & The Spin Singers

Traditional Choir of Year  – Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago

Contemporary Choir of the Year –  JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise

Don’t let this stop you from watching! I hear it’s an awesome show with incredible performances! I’ll be watching, too!

Jerry Wells

WPPZ – Praise 103.9 Philadelphia

Source: Mike Morgan Photography 

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