Stellar Awards

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Not to be confused with the Stella Awards that were given between 2002 and 2007 to people who filed outrageous and frivolous lawsuits.

The Stellar Awards is the first Gospel Music Awards show in the U.S., honoring Gospel Music Artists, writers, and industry professionals for their contributions to the Gospel Music Industry. The Stellar Awards ranks high in status as the only Gospel Music television awards program syndicated in over 140 markets nationwide. Chicago based production company Central City Productions Inc.(CCP) spearheaded by founder, chairman & CEO Don Jackson, has produced the show since its conception in 1985.

CCP is also responsible for producing Know Your Heritage, Know Your Heritage Black College Quiz Show, Hispanic College Quiz Show,Black Enterprise Business Report, Our World with Black Enterprise and the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic.

The Stellar Awards was first taped in Chicago at the Arie Crown Theater and has been the premier gospel event. The show has featured performances by The Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, Da' T.R.U.T.H, Tye Tribbett, Mary Mary, Heather Headley, CeCe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Tamela Mann and many more. The show has been held at various venues across the United States in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville,and New York. The show is normally taped in mid-January and is broadcast on local and national TV stations such as ABC, FOX, and NBC.

Nomination Process[edit]

A Confidential Nominating Committee made up of music industry experts in various fields meet to insure that all entries meet eligibility criteria, all entries are in the appropriate categories, all entries are released during the eligibility period and that the entries are charting on the Billboard or Nielsen Sound Scan chart. Entries that meet the criteria will be included on the first ballot. The Stellar Awards is now moving a new frontier and allowing the fans to decide who is the best in Gospel Music. Voting will take place online Sept 10th, 2012 through October 18th, 2012 at IN 2011 we opened voting to the public online to let the fans decide who should win at the Stellar Awards and it was a smashing success with over 20,000 people voting from all over the world.


Categories that are featured in the show are the following:

Artist of the Year

Song Of the Year

Male & Female Vocalist of the Year

CD of the Year

Choir of the Year

New Artist of the Year

Producer of The Year

Group/ Duo of the Year

Rap/ Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year

Children’s Performance of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Fan Favorite Awards- New Artist, Song of the Year, Choir of the Year

Special Awards From Sponsors

Winners and Nominees for the 24th Annual Stellar Awards[edit]

Categories Winners Winners Albums & Songs Nominees
Artist of the Year Marvin Sapp Thirsty (Marvin Sapp album) Beverley Crawford, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kirk Franklin, Ricky Dillard & New G
Song of the Year Marvin Sapp and Mathew Brownie Never Would Have Made It Canton Jones, Jonathan Nelson, Justine Savage, Myron Butler and John Webb, Percy Gray
Male Vocalist of the Year Marvin Sapp Thirsty Byron Cage, Isaih D. Thomas, Marvin Winans, The John Tillery Project
Female Vocalist of the Year Dorinda Clark-Cole Take It Back Beverly Crawford, CeCe Winans, Jessica Greene, Shirley Caesar
CD of the Year Marvin Sapp Thirsty Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kirk Franklin, Ricky Dillard & New G, Tye Tribbett & G.A.
Choir of the Year Ricky Dillard & New G The 7th Episode: Live in Toronto Chicago Mass Choir, Isaiah D. Thomas & Elements of Praise, Shekinah Glory Ministry, Tye Tribbett and G.A.
New Artist of the Year Jessica Greene 4 the World Jai Reed, Melody, Terrell Hunt, The Murrills
Producer of the Year Aaron Lindsey Thirsty Donald Lawrence, Isaiah D. Thomas, Warren Jones, Christopher Leach, Jonathan Nelson, Justin Savage, Kenneth Shelton, Kirk Franklin, Harold Martin
Group/Duo of the Year Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose Right Now Praise Deitrick Haddon presents Voices of Unity, Israel & New Breed, The John Tillery Project, Youthful Praise featuring JJ Hairston
Rap/Hip Hop CD of the Year Da' T.R.U.T.H Open Book Flame, Frontlynaz, Sho Baraka, Trip Lee
Children's Performance of the Year Kaira Miller In God's Time/It Ain't Over Asley Payne, Dijon, First Coast Children's Choir/Fish Kids, The Bradby Girls
Music Video of the Year Marvin Sapp Never Would Have Made It Darius Brooks & the Tommies Reunion, Deitrick Haddon featuring Ruben Studdard & Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Myron Butler & Levi

Additional Categories and Winners[edit]

Fan Favorite Award Marvin Sapp
Allstate James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award Daryl Coley
Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award Vickie Winans
Walgreens' Ambassador Bobby Jones Legend Award The Rance Allen Group

Winners and Nominees for The 23rd Annual Stellar Awards[edit]

Categories Winners Winners Albums & Songs Nominees
Artist of the Year The Clark Sisters Live- One Last Time Fred Hammond, J. Moss, Smokie Norful, Kelly Price
Song of the Year Paul Morton Let Go Karen Clark Sheard, Evangelist Betty J. Wright & Rev. Timothy Wright, Kurt Carr, Percy Bady
Male Vocalist of the Year DeWayne Woods Introducing DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet Fred Hammond, J. Moss, Troy Sneed, William H. Murphy
Female Vocalist of the Year Tramaine Hawkins I Never Lost My Praise Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Vickie Winans, Tamela Mann
CD of the Year The Clark Sisters Live-One Last Time J. Moss, Tramaine Hawkins,Vickie Winans, The Caravans
Choir of the Year Bishop T.D. Jakes & Potter's House Mass Choir Live in Kenya, Grace The Kenya Experience Darius Brooks Presents: The Reunion Live in Chicago Side A Journey Music Group, Wilmington Mass Choir, Isaiah Thomas and The Elements of Praise,Bishop Noel Jones Presents The City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir
New Artist of the Year DeWayne Woods Introducing DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet Group 1 Crew, Antwaun Stanely, Bishop Noel Jones Presents The City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, Bishop Nathaniel Bond & The Emsemble
Producer of the Year Donald Lawrence, The Clarks Sisters Live- One Last Time Fred Hammond, Kurt Carr, David Mann & Tamela Mann, Kelly Price & H.R. Crump
Group/ Duo of the Year The Clark Sisters Live- One Last Time The McClurkin Project, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Anointed Pace Sisters
Rap/Hip Hop CD of the Year PAJAM Presents 21:03 Twenty one 0 Three The Cross Movement, Joe L. Da Vessel, Pettidee, Various Artists
Children's Performance of the Year Jade Simone Clark Maurette Brown Clark's The Dream Eva Sabiniano, Kaira Miller, The First Coast Children's Choir
Music Video of the Year J. Moss V2..., PAJAM Jimmy Hicks & The Voices of Integrity ft. Levites, Shirley Murdock, Vickie Winans, Antwaun Stanley

Additional Categories & Winners[edit]

Fan Favorite Award Curtis Turrentine, Jr. & Edward Armstead III
Allstate James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award Tramaine Hawkins
Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award CeCe Winans
Walgreens' Ambassador Bobby Jones Legend Award The Caravans & The Barrett Sisters


Rank Artists Awards
1st Kirk Franklin 28
2nd Yolanda Adams 19
3rd Mary Mary 17
4th Donald Lawrence 15
5th Shirley Caesar 14

Past Shows[edit]

Year Hosts Artists Location
2009 Sinbad, Dorinda Clark Cole, Donnie McClurkin Tye Tribbett, Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Kirk Franklin, Heather Headley, Da' T.R.U.T.H, Dionne Warwick, 21:03, Jonathan Nelson, Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's Nashville, TN
2008 Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans and Byron Cage Bishop Noel Jones and the City of Refuge Choir, The Rance Allen Group, Beverly Crawford, Marvin Sapp, Smokie Norful, Kirk Franklin, Tamala Mann, DeWayne Woods, The Clark Sisters, J Moss, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Ricky Dillard Nashville, TN
2007 Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett Byron Cage, Patti LaBelle, Keith Johnson, Zei'l, Richard Smallwood, Youthful Praise, Myron Butler, Kierra Sheard, Tye Tribbett, Vickie Winans, Kirk Franklin, The Caravans, Mary Mary, Paul S. Morton, Kurt Carr, Bartholomew Nashville, TN
2006 Israel Houghton, Vickie Winans, Donnie McClurkin Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, Mississippi Mass Choir, Walter Hawkins, Joann Rosario, Men of Standard, Shirley Caesar, J Moss, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Rizen, Dottie Peoples, Kurt Carr, Donald Lawrence Nashville, TN
2005 Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Tonex Israel and New Breed, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Hawkins family, Bishop Paul S. Morton, The Hawkins Family, Ruben Studdard, Ricky Dillard and New G, CeCe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Martha Munizzi, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, John P. Kee, The Williams Brothers, Kirk Franklin Houston, TX
2004 Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin Byron Cage, CeCe Winans, Lee Williams & The Spirituals QC's, Donnie McClurkin, Mar Mary, Deitrick Haddon, Yolanda Adams, Tonex, Sheila E., Rizen, Natalie Wilson & S.O.P, Hall of Fame 6, Vickie Winans, Darius Brooks & SDM, Karen Clark Sheard, Hezekiah Walker Houston, TX
2003 Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Michelle Williams Dorinda Clark Cole, Smokie Norful, Michelle Williams, Brent Jones & T.P. choir, Mary Mary, Ted & Sheri, Donald Lawrence, Israel & New Breed, Ramiyah, Kelly Price, Angela Spivey, Canton Spirituals, Donnie McClurkin, Lynette Hawkins, Shekinah Glory Ministries Atlanta, GA
2002 Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's, Donnie McClurkin, Dottie Peoples, Tonex, Richard Smallwood with Vision, Yolanda Adams, Commissioned (gospel group), CeCe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Michelle Williams, Destiny's Child, Kirk Franklin, Full cast ensemble Atlanta, GA
2001 Ananda Lewis, Vickie Winans, Bobby Jones, and T.D. Jakes Kirk franklin & the Family, Damita, Donald Lawrence & Tri-city singers, Aaron Neville, Shirley Caesar & New Direction, The Christianaires, Natalie Wilson & S.O.P, Beverly Crawford, Donnie McClurkin, BeBe Winans, Ricky Dillard & "New G" Atlanta, GA
2000 Dr. Bobby Jones, Donnie McClurkin and Vickie Winans Yolanda Adams, New Direction, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Nancey Jackson, Lamar Campbell, Young Men, Gospel Gangstaz, Anointed, Kim Burrell, Kirk Whalum, Richard Smallwood with Vision, Mississippi Mass Choir Atlanta, GA
1999 Lynn Whitfield, CeCe Winans and Steve Harvey Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Men of Standard, Tonex, Dottie Peoples, Donnie McClurkin, Shirley Caesar, Boyz II Men, Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir, CeCe Winans, John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin & The Nu Nation Atlanta, GA
1998 Yolanda Adams and Miguel A. Nunez Jr. Donnie McClurkin, Phebe Hines, Idol Kings, Ricky Dillard & "New G", Shirley Caesar, William Becton & Friends, Jonathan Slocumb, Vickie Winans, Williams Brothers, Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers, Kirk Franklin & God's Property Nashville, TN
1997 Terrence C. Carson, Jonathan Slocumb and CeCe Winans Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood with Vision, Beverly Crawford, James Moore (gospel singer), Mississippi Mass Choir, Deleon Richards, CeCe Winans, Reverend Clay Evans & the Aarc Mass Choir, All-Star Jazz Gospel, Doug Williams, Joe Ligon, Divine, Choir Ensemble Nashville, TN
1996 James Avery (actor), Kim FieldsFreeman, Jonathan Slocumb Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ, William Becton & Friends, Shirley Caesar, Anointed, Daryl Coley, Kim Rutherford, Tribute Quartet, Bryan Wilson, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin & The Family CeCe Winans, Dottie Peoples Nashville, TN
1995 Arnetia Walker and Meshach Taylor The Clark Sisters, Take 6, Kim Stratton, Timothy Wright and The New York Felloship Mass Choir, Tramaine Hawkins, All God's Children, Andrae Crouch, The Williams Brothers, Vickie Winans, Larnelle Harris, Dorothy Norwood, reverend Milton Brunson & the Thompson Community Singers Chicago, IL
1994 Anna Maria Horsford and Clifton Davis Tri-City Singers, Stephanie Mills, Kirk Franklin & the Family, Ricky Dillard & "New G", Canton Spirituals, Donald Malloy, Company, Angie & Debbie Winans, Bobby Jones & New Life Singers, Yolanda Adams, Mississippi Mass Choir, Albertina Walker Chicago, IL
1993 Marilyn McCoo and Clifton Davis Hallelujah Chorus, Shirley Caesar, Darryl Coley, Vickie Winans, Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, Marilyn McCoo, Anointed Pace Sisters, L.A. Mass Choir, Tramaine Hawkins, Richard Smallwood singers, Sounds of Blackness Los Angeles, CA
1992 Marilyn McCoo and Clifton Davis Rance Allen Group, Yolanda Adams, Darryl Coley, John P. Kee, Dionne Warwick, Vickie Winans, Marilyn McCoo, Williams Brothers, L.A. Gospel Messengers, Shawn Pace Rhodes, Ricky Grundy Corral Los Angeles, California
1991 Marilyn McCoo and Clifton Davis Tramaine Hawkins, Douglas Miller, Timothy Wright, Merna Summers, Witness, Darryl Coley, Mississippi Mass Choir, Cissy Houston, Nicholas, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, John P. Kee, Edwin Hawkins, The Winans New York City, NY
1990 Marla Gibbs and Clifton Davis Vickie Winans, Take 6, Shirley Caesar, Phil Driskel, Denise Williams, Larnelle Harris, BeBe and Cece Winans, Mom & Pop Winans, Beau Williams, Al Green
1989 Wintley Phipps, Tramaine Hawkins, Marvin Winans Hawkins Family, Commissioned, Vanessa Mitchell, Nicholas, Rodney Friend, Shirley Caesar, Melvin Williams, Norfleet Brothers, Tramaine Hawkins, The Caravans, Ricky Fits, Vickie Winans, The Winans, Reverend Clay Evans & the Fellowship Choir, Reverend Janice Brown, Reverend F.C. Barnes Chicago, IL
1988 The Winans The Winans, Shirley Caesar, Bebe Winans, Al Green, Nicholas, Richard Smallwood singers, Norfleet Brothers, The Soul Stirrers, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, The Williams Brothers, Arthur Scales, Wintley Phipps, Reverend Milton Brunson & the Thompson Community Singers Chicago, IL
1987 Al Green and Tramaine Hawkins Nicholas, Tramaine Hawkins, Calvin Bridges, Richard Smallwood & Richard Smallwood Singers, Barrett Sisters, Deleon Richards, Joseph Holmes Dancers, Christ Universal Temple Ensemble, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Al Green, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, Norfleet Brothers, The Winans, The Clark Sisters Chicago, IL
1986 Tramaine Hawkins Thompson Community Singers, The Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Shirley Caesar Chicago, IL

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