The 2012 Stellar Awards blessed many and inspired others!
Marvin Sapp and Dorinda Clark Cole hosted the show, which celebrates gospel music and a “spirit-filled, hand-clapping, foot-stomping revival.” True to the description, the program was full of soaring performances from Kirk Franklin, Earnest Pugh, Fred Hammond, Ricky Dillard & New G, Richard Smallwood & Vision and other groups as well as choir performances that frequently had people up dancing or moved them to tears.
Gospel singer/composer VaShawn Mitchell swept six categories, more than any other artist, to become Saturday night’s big winner at the 27th annual Stellar Awards, which were held at the Grand Ole Opry House and will air on television in syndication Saturday through Feb. 26 on the GMC cable network.
Take a look at the list of winners at the Stellar Awards.
Artist of the Year: Vashawn Mitchell- Triumphant
Song of the Year: Kirk Frankllin, Smile – Hello Fear
Male Vocalist of Year: Vashawn Mitchell – Triumphant
Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year: Kim Burrell – The Love Album
Group/Duo of the Year: Mary Mary – Something Big
New Artist of the Year: Y’Anna Crawley, The Promise
CD of the year: Kirk Franklin – Hello Fear
Choir of the Year: Ricky Dillard & New G – Keep Living
Producers of the Year: Kirk Franklin – Hello Fear
Comtemporary Group/Duo of the Year: Mary Mary – Something Big
Traditional Group/Duo of the Year: The Rance Allen Group – The Live Experience
Contemportary Male of the Year: Vashawn Mitchell – Triumphant
Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year: Smokie Norful – How I got Over Songs that Carried Us
Contemporary Female Vocalists of the Year: Kim Burrell – The Love Album
Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year: Beverly Crawford – Live from Los Angeles
Contemporary CD of the Year: Kirk Frankly – Hello Fear
Traditional CD of the Year: Smokie Norful – How I got Over Songs that Carried Us
Urban/Inspirational single or performance of the Year: Vashawn Mitchell – Noboby Greater
Music Video of the Year, Short Format: Vashawn Mitchell – Noboby Greater
Music Video of the Year, Long Format: Deitrick Haddon – Church on the Moon: Part one
Traditional Choir of the Year: Mississippi Mass Choir
Contemporary Choir of the Year: Shekinah Glory Ministy
Thomas A Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award Honoree: Vy Higginsen
Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Awards Honoree: Dorothy Norwood
James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree: John P. Kee
The Stellar Awards annually honor three of gospel music’s most celebrated veterans with specialty awards. This year a tearful John P. Kee was presented with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Vy Higginsen accepted the Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. Dorothy Norwood, often called the world’s greatest gospel storyteller, was given the Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.