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Travis Greene, Marvin Sapp take home Stellar Awards; who made Hall of Fame?

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On March 26, the gospel community gathered at the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to celebrate achievements in the gospel community. Hosted by gospel music legend Kirk Franklin, the award show honored an array of guests from singer Tasha Cobbs to photographer Derek Blanks.

Twenty-two-time Stellar Award winner Marvin Sapp added two more awards to his collection winning Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and Traditional CD of the Year for his chart-topping album Close. Popular contemporary artists Travis Greene snagged four awards including Producer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, and the Stellar Awards’ prestigious Artist of the Year, for his album Crossover: Live from Music City. Icon Kurt Carr was inducted into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame for his pioneering career and indelible impact on gospel music, along with Ben Tankard Dr. Marabeth Gentry. OWN network’s “Greenleaf” ranked in the list of award winners, taking home the Special Event CD of the Year for the Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2.

With awesome performances by Travis Greene, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence, Koryn Hawthorne, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Christon Gray, all eyes were on Snoop Dogg as he made his Stellar Awards debut, performing his song  “Words Are Few” with B. Slade from his first gospel album, Bible of Love.

The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards airs on TV One today, March 30, 2018, at 9 PM EST, with additional airings in broadcast syndication from March 31 to May 6.

Check out the list of winners below:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • – Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • – David Bloom, Cortez Vaughn, Phontane Demond Reed & JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • – Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • – Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Passion. Pursuit., Motown Gospel

DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • – Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • – Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records

CD OF THE YEAR

  • You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

CHOIR OF THE YEAR

  • – JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

  • – Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • – Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records

TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • – The Rance Allen Group, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records

CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • – Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • – Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • – Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Passion. Pursuit., Motown Gospel

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • – CeCe Winans, Let them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR

  • Passion. Pursuit., Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR

  • Close, Marvin Sapp, Verity/RCA Inspiration

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  •  Derek Blanks, We Livin – It’s Still Personal (Tina Campbell), Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

  • – Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live in New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

  • – JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR

  • – Kirk Whalum, #LoveCovers, Top Drawer Records

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR

  • Greenleaf Soundtrack Season 2, Various Artists, RCA Inspiration

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR

  • Greatness, Canton Jones, Radar Live/Cajo Records

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR

  • – God’s Little Soldiers International Boys Choir, Through the Years, DIR/Motor City Praise

QUARTET OF THE YEAR

  • – The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR

  • – Derek Blanks, Passion. Pursuit. (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel

PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR

  • You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

JAMES CLEVELAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

  • – Tamela Mann

THOMAS A. DORSEY MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • – Bishop Kenneth Moales, Sr.

BOBBY JONES LEGENDS AWARD

  • Milton Biggham

ICON AWARD

  • Edwin Hawkins (posthumously)

STELLAR HONORS HALL OF FAME

Ben Tankard

Dr. Marabeth Gentry

Kurt Carr

 

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR Winners

MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • – WGRB-AM 1390AM (Inspiration 1390), Chicago, Sonya Blakey

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • – WOKB 1680AM, Orlando/Central Florida, Shanti Persaud

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • – WFMI 100.9, Virginia Beach, Mike Chandler

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR

  • – KSYB 1300AM, Shreveport, Rhonda Phillips- Sanders

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR

  • – Liz Black, 1190AM WLIB, New York, NY