dotsTHE BEST IN GOSPEL MUSIC SHINE ON AND OFF THE RED CARPET AT THE 31st ANNUAL

Published on February 26, 2016 by Sonya's Spotlight

Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley Reunite To Co-Host the 2016 Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley Reunite To Co-Host the 2016 Stellar Awards Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm

ANTHONY BROWN MAKES TAKES HOME 
TOP HONORS AT THE STELLAR AWARDS WITH HISTORIC 
10 TROPHY SWEEP
Dubbed the greatest night in Gospel music, the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas turned “Sin City” into “Salvation City.” Celebrating 31 years, the Stellar Awards was co-hosted with comedic flair by Rickey Smiley(“Dish Nation,” Rickey Smiley For Real) and Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2, The View) during the 2-hour taped telecast premiering (March 6 at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT on TV One with encores aired at 8 p.m. ET and 10 p.m.) ET. The Stellar Awards recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry.
 
Anthony Brown & group therApy made history on Saturday night as their album, “Everyday Jesus,” was blessed with 10 trophies during the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena. In a Stellar Awards first, the gospel songwriter-turned-singer and his group won each of its 10 nominations – a feat that hasn’t been done since Bishop Marvin Sapp’s 7 for 7 wins in 2009. Celebrating and honoring the best of Gospel music’s artists, writers and industry professionals, the Stellar Awards also honored Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s “Any Given Sunday” with four awards, with Tasha Cobbs rounding out the top three recipients with three honors for her album “One Place Live.”

10 for 10 Stellar Award Recipient Anthony Brown & Group Therapy on the Stellar Awards
Red Carpet
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      CEO Don Jackson w/ wife Mrs. Rosemary President & COO Erma Gray Davis on the Red Carpet Photo Credit of Earl Gibson III
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Stellar Award Winner Erica Campbell on the Red Carpet Photo Credit of Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ Frontpage Firm
Iyanla Vanzant on the Stellar Awards
Red Carpet
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Wendy Raquel Robinson on the Stellar Awards Red Carpet Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III,Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm             
Yolanda Adams on the Stellar Awards
Red Carpet Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III,Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm             
Donnie McClurkin on the red carpet.
 Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Dorinda Clark-Cole on the red carpet. Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Stellar Co-Host, Rickey Smiley
Photo Credit: Maury Phillips, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Stellar Co-Host, Sherri Shepard on the Stellar Awards Pre-ShowRed Carpet Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
TC Stallings on the Stellar Awards Red Carpet Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Ben & wife, Jewel Tankard on the Stellars Red Carpet Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Rickey Smiley, Kirk Franklin and wife, Tammy on the Red Carpet,
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
LeToya Luckett on the Stellar Awards red carpet. Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
The Disney Channel’s Trinitee Stokes
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm


Nominee, Jason Nelson on the red carpet. Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
**SHOW PHOTOS**
 
Stellar Awards Co-Hosts Rickey Smiley & Sherri Shepherd at the Stellar Awards Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Donald Lawrence O’landa Draper tribute performance on
the Stellar Awards show Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm                                
Patrick Riddick performing at the Pre-Show Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm 

Donnie McClurkin performing on the Stellar Awards show
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/
FrontPage Firm
Richard Smallwood & Tina Campbell of Mary Mary presenting on the Stellar Awards Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago win ‘Choir of the Year’
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy accepting an award Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Stellar’s Biggest Winner, Anthony Brown in his glory. Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
 
HILLARY CLINTON MAKES A SURPRISE APPEARANCE 
AT THE 2016 STELLARS AWARDS
 
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton  paid a surprise visit to the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards while in Las Vegas for the Nevada Democratic Caucuses this weekend. Clinton interviewed with TV One’s NewsOne Now (the network airs the Stellar Awards) and said that
the Stellar Awards “lifted my spirits.” I have included links to photo and video of a 1:1 interview with Mrs. Clinton. Please consider running this coverage on-air. Clinton is photographed with WE tv star Tina Campbell (“Mary Mary”), Don Jackson (Founder and Executive Producer) and Erma Gray Davis (President of Central City Productions) of The Stellar Awards.
Erma Gray Davis CEO of the Stellar Awards, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Don Jackson, Founder and Chairman  of the Stellar Awards  and  Dr. Leonard Scott , president and owner of Tyscott Records. Photo Credit: Maury Phillips, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  visits the Stellar  Awards.  Photographed with  Don Jackson  Founder and CEO Stellar Awards. Photo Credit: Maury Phillips, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Photo credit: Earl Gibson, Courtesy Stellar Awards/The FrontPage Firm
 
Quote from interview:
“I am so grateful because the artists and arrangers and the writers tap into something so deep, and I am a person of faith and I am a person who finds inspiration and support and meaning in many different ways…. but what’s better than raising your voices to God and being able to connect that brings others along with you,” Clinton said.
During her brief remarks with NewsOne Now, Clinton mentioned the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI saying, “It’s heartbreaking to see a community being poisoned because of the indifference, neglect of their governor.” 
Be sure to watch the 2016 Stellar Awards on Sunday, March 6 at 6pm ET to see Clinton’s appearance at the Stellar Awards.
 
 *STELLAR PERFORMANCES*
 
Anthony Brown & Group TherApy performing on The Stellar Awards stage.Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Recording artist Marvin Sapp and Yolanda Adams performing on stage during the 2016 Stellar Awards. Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Recording artists Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Karen Clark Sheard performing onstage during the 2016 Stellar Gospel Awards. Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Recording artist Casey J performs on stage

(Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm)

 Recording artist Tasha Cobbs performs during the 2016 Stellar Gospel Awards(Photo by Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm)
Charles Jenkins performing on stage at the 31st Stellar Awards
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
Kirk Franklin performing on stage at the Stellar Awards
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/FrontPage Firm
*ALL WHITE PARTY PHOTOS
Cheryl Jackson presenting award to President & COO, at the Stellar Awards
All White Party
Photo Credit: Maury Phillips, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
 Walter Hawkins & Melvin Williams at the Stellar Awards
All White Party
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
Stellar Awards Pre-Show Producer       Mr. Anthony Marshall receiving his award at the All White Stellar Awards Party
Photo Credit: Maury Phillips, Courtesy of CCP/ FrontPage Firm
 

COMPLETE WINNERS LIST
2016 31st ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS COMPLETE WINNERS LIST

CATEGORY #1
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #2
SONG OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN, WORTH – EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #3
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #4
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #5
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #6
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CASEY J., THE TRUTH, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #7
CD OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #8
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #9
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & JUSTIN SAVAGE, EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #10
CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #11
TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, CELEBRATE, TYSCOT

CATEGORY #12
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #13
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CHARLES JENKINS, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #14
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #15
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TINA CAMPBELL, IT’S PERSONAL, GEE TREE CREATIVE

CATEGORY #16
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #17
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
TINA CAMPBELL, IT’S PERSONAL, GEE TREE CREATIVE

CATEGORY #18
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
KIRK FRANKLIN, WANNA BE HAPPY? (SINGLE), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA RECORDS

CATEGORY #19
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
CHARLES JENKINS & THE SPIN SINGERS, #WAR – ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO), INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #20
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #21
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
J.J. HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE, I SEE VICTORY, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC

CATEGORY #22
INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR
BEN TANKARD, FULL TANK 2.0, BENJAMIN UNIVERSAL MUSIC

CATEGORY #23
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2015, RCA INSPIRATION

CATEGORY #24
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
DEREK MINOR, EMPIRE, REFLECTION MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC

CATEGORY #25
YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
GOD’S GIFT AND SOLDIERS YOUTH CHOIR, THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLOOD, DIR/MOTOR CITY PRAISE RECORDS

CATEGORY #26
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, CELEBRATE, TYSCOT

CATEGORY #27
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
DENISE TROTMAN & CONNI TREANTEFELES, EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

CATEGORY #28
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

JAMES CLEVELAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
O’LANDA DRAPER (POSTHUMOUSLY)

AMBASSADOR DR. BOBBY JONES LEGEND AWARD
WILLIE JOE LIGON

THOMAS A. DORSEY MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
DR. MARABETH GENTRY & THE THOMAS A. DORSEY FOUNDATION

STELLAR HONORS
TRAMAINE HAWKINS
YOLANDA ADAMS
MARVIN SAPP
JONATHAN SLOCUMB

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
PRAISE 104.1 WPRS, WASHINGTON, DC, RON THOMPSON

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
HEAVEN 600 – WCAO – AM, BALTIMORE, LEE MICHAELS

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
PRAISE 104.7 FM WPZZ 104.7, RICHMOND, REGINALD BAKER

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
WIMG 1300 AM, TRENTON, NJ, ED LONG

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
ALL NATIONS RADIO, ALLNATIONSRADIO.NET, BISHOP SAMUEL MCGILL III

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
TRACY BETHEA BODIE, WHAL – MEMPHIS, TN


ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS (CCP)

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson and Produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks.  CCP’s award-winning television programs include the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the Trumpet Awards, The Black College Quiz Show Series, Hispanic College Quiz, Our World with Black Enterprise and Women of Power, among many others. For more information, please visit www.ccptv.com.

 

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