Tamela Mann wins big at Gospel’s biggest awards event
Tamela ‘Take Me To The King’ Mann was the big winner at the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Awards held at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, where she received a total of seven awards, including the top award of Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, and CD of the Year.
Hosted by TV presenter Sherri Shepherd and comedian Rickey Smiley, a total of ten awards were handed out during the live broadcast of the Stellars.
Gospel newcomer, Tasha Cobbs (who was in the UK recently), won Contemporary CD of the Year, Contemporary Female of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Hezekiah Walker walked away with three awards, and tied with Cobbs as the second most honoured artist of the evening. Fred Hammond, John P Kee and Anthony Brown were the only other artists to earn multiple Stellar Awards, each receiving two.
Brown won Contemporary Male of the Year and Group/Duo of the Year, with Kee winning Traditional Male of the Year and Traditional Group/Duo of the Year. Kee performed with New Life, and Brown with Group Therapy, which shared the Group/Duo awards with their front men. Tye Tribbett, the most nominated artist, took home the trophy for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Performers at The Stellars included Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir, Erica Campbell, Jekalyn Carr, Latice Crawford and Lexi, who performed a medley together, and a highlight of the night was Jennifer Holliday bringing the house down with ‘Make Them Hear You.’ Other performers included Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree and Kirk Franklin.
Annually, the Stellar Awards recognises the accomplishments of gospel music icons and individuals instrumental in advocating gospel music.
Hezekiah Walker received the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments, and was acknowledged in a video message by Joel Osteen.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee received the Thomas A Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for her career accomplishments on Capitol Hill, and for authoring the bill designating September as National Gospel Music Month. Pastor Maceo L Woods was honoured with the Dr Bobby Jones Legends Award, presented by its namesake, Dr Jones.
The 29th Stellars was a night to remember. Roll on Stellar Awards 30.
The 2014 Stellar Award winners are:
AT&T ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Tamela Mann, Best Days
FORD SONG OF THE YEAR – Kirk Franklin, Take Me To The King
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR – Tye Tribbett, Greater Man
UNCF NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Tasha Cobbs – Grace, Gospel
CD OF THE YEAR – Tamela Mann, Best Days
STATE FARM CHOIR OF THE YEAR – Hezekiah Walker, Azusa: The Next Generation
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Fred Hammond & Derek “DC” Clark – United Tenors: Hammond Hollister Roberson Wilson
CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR – Fred Hammond United Tenors, United Tenors: Hammond Hollister Roberson Wilson
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE OF THE YEAR – Tasha Cobbs, Grace
TRADITIONAL FEMALE OF THE YEAR – Tamela Mann, Best Days
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR – Tasha Cobbs, Grace
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – Tamela Mann, Take Me To The King
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR – LeCrae, Gravity