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‘Stellar’ night for Gospel music’s Marvin Sapp

gospel singer Marvin Sapp
 

Platinum artist Marvin Sapp topped the list of winners during the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards announced last Saturday night during the show’s taping at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House Theater.
NASHVILLE – Platinum artist Marvin Sapp topped the list of winners during the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards announced last Saturday night during the show’s taping at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House Theater.


Top gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp walked away from the Stellar Awards with four big wins during the show’s 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards taping last Saturday evening in Nashville. His “Here I Am” recording project was named “CD of the Year,“ and “Traditional CD of the Year.” The pastor was also named “Traditional Male of the Year,” and “Artist of the Year.” (Photos by Earl Stanback)


Contemporary gospel artist and producer Kirk Franklin was given the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for his recording project with other gospel greats to raise money for Haiti relief efforts after the massive earthquake, entitled: “Are You Listening: A Love Song For Haiti.”

Sapp took home four awards, including Artist of the Year, Traditional Male of the Year, CD of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year. A highlight of the evening, his emotion-filled finale performance of his biggest hit “Never Would Have Made It” with Stellar Awards host Donnie McClurkin created an overwhelming audience response as he dedicated the night to his recently-deceased wife Dr. Malinda P. Sapp.

The Grand Ole Opry landmark was transformed into a spirit-filled sanctuary as Pastor McClurkin led the “congregation” in a prayer for Sapp and provided one of the night’s biggest moments.

“It’s great to be honored by your peers, and you do your best to give honor and glory to God,” said Sapp. “But it’s bittersweet with my wife not here with me.”

Before introducing the performance, McClurkin added, “If it wasn’t for Pastor Marvin Sapp’s wife Malinda, this song would have never made it on the CD.”

Salute to Kirk Franklin, Haiti

Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin, who was honored with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for his Haitian relief efforts, was moved to tears during an All-Star tribute of the song he wrote to benefit disaster victims.

“Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti” was performed by a choir of Franklin’s friends and colleagues. The choir included stars CeCe Winans, Vickie Winans, Karen Clark Sheard, Marvin Sapp, Wess Morgan, Dorinda Clark Cole, Shirley Caesar, J Moss, Myron Butler, The Nevel Sisters, Byron Cage and others.

The award was presented to Franklin by Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (NBC’s “Heroes”).

Franklin spoke of the industry’s response to the tragedy in Haiti, saying “Gospel music – we were the first genre to come together and respond musically.”

The 2011 award winners:

Artist of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group

Song of the year: Bebe Winans, “Close To You - still,” B&C/Malaco

Male vocalist of the year: Byron Cage, “Faithful To Believe,” Verity Gospel Music Group

Female vocalist of the year: Karen Clark Sheard, “All In One,” Karew Records

Group/duo of the year: James Fortune & Fiya, “Encore,” Blacksmoke Music Worldwide

New artist of the year: Kristina Halloway, “Free,” Serum/Psalms Group Universal Music Christian Group

CD of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group

Choir of the year: Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, “He’s Been Good,” Emtro Gospel

Producer of the year: Aaron Lindsey, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group

Contemporary group/duo of the year: Forever Jones, “Get Ready,” EMI Gospel

Traditional group/duo of the year: The Mighty Clouds of Joy, “At The Revival,” EMI Gospel

Contemporary male of the year: James Fortune, “Encore,” Blacksmoke Music Worldwide

Traditional male of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group

Contemporary female of the year: CeCe Winans, “Still,” B&C/Malaco

Traditional female of the year: Lucinda Moore, “Blessed, Broken & Given,” Tyscot Records/Joyfula Records

Contemporary CD of the year: James Fortune & Fiya, “Encore,” Blacksmoke Music Worldwide

Traditional CD of the year: Marvin Sapp, “Here I Am,” Verity Gospel Music Group

Urban/inspirational single or performance of the year: BeBe & CeCe Winans, “Close To You - Still,” B&C/Malaco

Music video of the year: BeBe & CeCe Winans, “Close To You - Still,” B&C/Malaco

Traditional choir of the year: Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, “He’s Been Good,” Emtro Gospel

Contemporary choir of the year: Myron Butler & Levi, “Revealed Live in Dallas,” EMI Gospel

Special event CD of the year: Various artists, “CoCo Brother live presents stand 2010,” Tyscot Records

Rap hip hop gospel CD of the year: Trip Lee, “Between Two Worlds,” Reach Records

Childrens project of the year: Kingdom Kids Worldwide, “Kingdom Kids Worldwide Volume 1,” Headstrate Entertainment

Quartet of the year: The Christian Angels, “Bring It To The Altar,” 4 Winds/Malaco

Recorded music packaging of the year: Derek Blanks & Ken Barboza, BeBe & CeCe Winans – “Still,” B&C/Malaco

Praise and worship CD of the year: Darwin Hobbs, “Darwin Hobbs Live: Champion,” Imago Dei

Special awards

Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award – Kirk Franklin

Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend award – Vanessa Bell Armstrong

James Cleveland Lifetime achievement award – Donald Lawrence

(The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards is scheduled to air in syndication from Jan. 22 to March 13 and air on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. CST on GMC (Gospel Music Channel.)

(Sponsors: American Airlines, Ford Motor Company, Verizon How Sweet the Sound, Johnson & Johnson, AllState, Chevrolet, State Farm and McDonald’s.)

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