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Recap and Photos: 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond for GMCTV

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond for GMCTV

Saturday, January 19, 2013 – NashvilleKaisha Blackstone

For the first time in the show’s 28 year history, the Annual Stellar Awards were broadcast on GMC TV from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. Hosts Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin brought us one exciting moment after the next including performances and appearances from Tye Tribett and crew, Pastor Marvin Winans, Tamela Mann and newer artists Kierra Sheard, Anita Wilson, Amber Bullock, and Y’anna Crawley paying tribute to the late Inez Andrews along with The Caravans.  Some of the award winning highlights included LeAndria Johnson’s winning “New Artist Of the Year,” and Kierra Sheard winning the “Albertina Walker Female Vocalist Of The Year” award.

The first tribute of the night was dedicated to Kurt Carr, who was this years recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Byron Cage reminded us just how many hits Kurt Carr has written as he opened up with “The Presence Of the Lord Is Here”. Many marveled as The Kurt Carr singers stood and payed tribute to their leader Kurt Carr, with a medley of their groups most cherished songs.  Of course, hosts Mary Mary took the stage for a performance of hit single, “Go Get It” and also took home the award for “Group/Duo Of The Year’ and several awards in the Stellar Award Pre Show.

A marked difference this year was the efficiency of the entire production, as it was being broadcast live, and the interaction with social media and viewers at home. We were able to see live reactions from our tweets and updates as the show was in progress! While fans at home saw only the timed performance of Israel Houghton and Jason Nelson singing “It’s Not Over” and “Moving Forward,” the in house audience continued to worship and praise long into commercial breaks after such performances. Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago closed the show with “Awesome”,which won “Song Of The Year.”

For more Stellar Weekend coverage and a full recap of the Awards show jump to our AFTER THE EVENT section! PLUS check out more PHOTOS from the Stellar Awards Red Carpet RIGHT HERE.

Scroll to the bottom to see a list of selected winners from the night as well as some of the tweets from our @MorningChurch team from the live event! Check out the Stellar Award Website for future air dates in your local market!

Select Stellar Award Winners:

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Producer of the Year Award: Isaac Caree, Eric Dawkins, Warryn Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Rick Robinson

Traditional Duo/Group of the Year:  The Williams Brothers

The 2013 Choir of the Year: Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago

The Contemporary Male of the Year Award: Fred Hammond

Rap Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year: Da’ T.R.U.T.H  Truth On Duty

Traditional Male of the Year Award: Marvin Sapp

Contemporary Female of the Year : Le’Andria Johnson

Traditional Female of the Year: Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Urban/Inspirational Single/Performance of the Year: Mary Mary “Go Get It!”

Special Event CD of the Year: Mary Mary

New Artists of The Year: Le’Andria Johnson

Male Vocalist Of The Year: Marvin Sapp

Albertina Walker Female Vocalist  Of The Year: Kierra Sheard

Group Duo Or The Year: Mary Mary

Choir of The Year: Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago

Children’s Project of the Year: Anointed by God

Music Video of the Year Short Format: Darren Grant for “Go Get It!”

Thomas A. Dorsey Award: Bishop TD Jakes

Song Of The Year: Charles Jenkins Awesome

Artist Of The Year: Marvin Sapp

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@MorningChurch Tweets from the Event:

Alright! @TyeTribbett is up rocking the house #Fresh #StellarAwards -KB

In the press room on behalf of @morningchurch.com here at The Stellar Awards!! Visit stellarawards.morningch http://instagr.am/p/Ur1W_MPTaM/

Tamela Mann @davidandtamela singing “Take Me To The King!” Such a great song and apparently the whole audience knows it! #StellarAwards -KB

Since its Live on TV too, our tweets are spoilers this year :) Congrats to @LeAndriaJ for NEW ARTIST of the year!! #StellarAwards -KB

.@TheKurtCarr deserved the Lifetime Achievement award! Ya’ll know your church choir has sung at least 10 of his songs! #StellarAwards -KB

S/O to @MorningChurch team member @mahogany84 holding dwn the press room! We’ll be posting recaps from the whole #StellarAwardsWeekend! -KB

#MarvinWinans #StellarAwards

Lawd! @YannaC_Soulsing @kierrasheard @msanitawilson #TooMuchTalent #StellarAwards -KB

OMGsh! @JOKEUMSLOCUMB! You need this during commercials to keep a show going! #StellarAwards -KB pic.twitter.com/jnqjaQBN

@bonnerfide: My girls @therealmarymary are wearing us out with “Go Get It”. Loving the dance routine! #stellarawards http://instagr.am/p/Ur6-FZMFMX/ 

I’ve prob tweeted this 8 times before but @BrittneyWright, @marvinsapp‘s “I Win” is a great song! Congrats hun! #StellarAwards -KB

Tonight the @TheStellars are all about the home team and our @MorningChurch fam! Its a takeover! S/O @pastorjnelson w/ @israelhoughton! -KB

@TheStellars: Congratulations to Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago for winning the Choir of the Year Award! #StellarAwards

What are you doing after @TheStellars? Meet us at BB Kings for the after party w/ @USCafe! -KB #StellarAwardsWeekend

This has to be their 54th Award this weekend! LOL Congrats to @therealmarymary! One of the 1st artists to show real love to our site! -KB

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