Greene, Mann rack up Stellar Awards

Artists pick up six honors each during gospel awards show

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

Some of the biggest names in gospel received high honors at the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on March 25. However, the night belonged to one of the genre’s fastest-rising stars, Travis Greene, and gospel music superstar, Tamela Mann.

 

Greene took home six Stellar Awards for his work on chart-topping album “The Hill.” Honors include the much sought after categories: State Farm Song of the Year (“Made a Way”), CD of the Year (“The Hill’’) and Male Vocalist of the Year.

Tamela Mann speaks during the awards show held at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena.

He also was awarded the Praise and Worship CD of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year and the project was recognized for Recorded Music Packaging (Annie Stoll). 

When accepting the award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Greene gave honor to artists who have inspired him to perform.  “Bishop Hez, Donnie, Fred, Marvin, Kirk, Israel, John P. Kee – I do what I do because I’ve watched you my entire life.  I adore you, I love you; I’m standing on your shoulders.”

Mann: God provides
Stellar and Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, actress and television personality Tamela Mann has continued her meteoric year, claiming six awards as well for her now iconic recording «One Way.

During an emotional acceptance speech, Mann encouraged the audience to have faith despite trying times.  “Don’’t worry about the White House, God provides” she said tearfully.  “And to all these artists, I love you guys. I’m praying for all of us to make it. We can with the Lord’s help. We can make it.”

April 9 airing
Grammy Award-winning singer and producer Myron Butler & Levi earned three awards for their collaboration “On Purpose.”

Best New Artist honors went to breakout artist Bri (Briana Babineaux), who also went home with a statue for Contemporary Female Vocalist.

Hosted by Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown, the show premieres on TV One on Palm Sunday, April 9 at 6 p.m.  with encore presentations at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

2017 winners

Artist of the Year
Tamela Mann, One Way, Tilly Mann
Song of the Year
Made A Way, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
Male Vocalist of the Year
Travis Greene, The Hill, RCA Inspiration
Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year
Tamela Mann, One Way, Tilly Mann
Group/duo of the Year
Myron Butler & Levi, On Purpose, Motown Gospel
New Artist of the Year
Bri (Briana Babineaux), Keys To My Heart, Marquis Boone/Tyscot Records
CD of the Year
The Hill, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
Choir of the Year
Hezekiah Walker, Azusa The Next Generation 2: Better, Azusa, Inc./eOne Music
Producer of the Year
Myron Butler, Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, Timberland, Eric Dawkins, King Logan, Shaun Martin & David Mann, One Way (Tamela Mann), Tilly Mann
Contemporary Group/duo of the Year
Myron Butler & Levi, On Purpose, Motown Gospel
Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year
Travis Greene, The Hill, RCA Inspiration
Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year
Donnie Mcclurkin, The Journey (Live), RCA Inspiration
Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year
Bri (Briana Babineaux), Keys to My Heart, Marquis Boone/tyscot Records
Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year
Tamela Mann, One Way, Tilly Mann
Contemporary CD of the Year
The Hill, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
Traditional CD of the Year
One Way, Tamela Mann, Tilly Mann
Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year
God Provides – One Way, Tamela Mann, Tilly Mann
Music Video of the Year
Wanna Be Happy – Losing My Religion (Kirk Franklin), Rock Jacobs, Fo Yo Soul/RCA Records
Traditional Choir of the Year
Chicago Mass Choir, We Give You Praise, New Haven Records
Contemporary Choir of the Year
Hezekiah Walker, Azusa The Next Generation 2: Better, Azusa, Inc./eone Music
Special Event CD of the Year
Wow Gospel 2016, Various Artists, RCA Inspiration
Rap Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year
I Am Justice, Canton Jones, Cajo International
Youth Project of the Year
– Joshua’s Troop, It’s My Time, New Haven Records
Quartet of the Year
Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Timeless Music Movement, Volume 1, Wonderspirit Productions Records
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
Annie Stoll, The Hill (Travis Greene), RCA Inspiration
Praise and Worship CD of the Year
The Hill, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award
Spencer Taylor, The Highway Qc’S
Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award
Rev. Clay Evans
Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award
Harvey Watkins, Jr., The Canton Spirituals

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