Last night in Nashville,Tennessee, the 2014 Stellar Awards kicked off in grand fashion. The Stellar Awards Pre-Show was held and the awards highlighted the best in gospel music. The night's biggest winners were Tamela Mann and Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Tonight is the live awards show but at last night's pre-show, many of the weekend's big awards were handed out.
The evening was hosted by 2014 BMI Trailblazer honoree Richard Smallwood and one third of award winning R&B trio Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams.
The night wasn't complete with awards alone. Stirring performances by gospel elite brought the spirit of the Lord in! Performances by Livre, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, Earnest Pugh, Monica Lisa Stevenson,Anita Wilson, Beverly Crawford, Kevin Vasser, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Chanel Haynes (Trinity 5:7) featuring Virtue and Kevin Lemon & Higher Calling lit the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on fire for Christ!!
The winners in each category from last night's show are listed below:
James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award: Bishop Hezekiah Walker
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee receives the Thomas A. Dorsey Notable Achievement Award
Reverend Maceo Woods will receives the Chevrolet Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award
Praise and Worship CD of the Year: Tamela Mann
Stellar Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Patrick Dopson (Best Days, Tamela Mann)
Fan Favorite Quartet of the Year: Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites
Stellar Awards Childrens Project of the Year: Jekalyn Carr
Contemporary Choir of the Year Award: Earl Bynum & The Mount Unity Choir
Special Event CD of the Year: Hezekiah Walker (Azusa Next Generation)
Traditional Choir of the Year: Hezekiah Walker
Rap Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year: Lecrae
Music Video of the Year: Brand X (Anthony Brown, Testimony)
Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year: Tamela Mann
Traditional CD of the Year: Tamela Mann
Contemporary CD of the Year: Tasha Cobb
Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year: Tamela Mann
Contemporary Female Vocalist Of The Year: Tasha Cobb
Contemporary Male Vocalist Of The Year: Anthony Brown
Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year: United Tenors (Fred Hammond, Brian Courtney Wilson, Dave Hollister & Eric Roberson)
Producer Of The Year: Fred Hammond, Derek Clark
CD of the Year Award: Tamela Mann
Many other awards were announced, but the winners will be announced tonight on the live awards show. You can watch it live on the UP Network or online. SoulProsper Media Group is hosting a live stream of ALL Stellar activities today.
***This morning at 11 am CST, catch the Stellar Radio & Announcers Awards***
Special thanks to Mr. Donald Jackson and Central City Productions for this wonderful salute to gospel music in its 29th year.