All Photos by Moses Robinson
The 25th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards took place recently at the legendary Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn and Hezekiah Walker was the grand winner. The show was hosted by Vickie Winans, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin all who have hosted the event in the past and again did a wonderful job.
Walker earned five Stellar Awards including “Artist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Contemporary CD of the Year,” “Contemporary Choir of the Year,” and “Choir of the Year,” while Mary Mary took home four in the “Song of the Year” and “Urban/Inspiration Single or Performance of the Year” categories among others for their crossover hit “God in Me” from their 5th studio CD The Sound.
Walker performing at the 2010 Stellar Awards
Crystal Aikin, “Sunday Best” winner took home both the “New Artist of the Year” Award and the “Contemporary Female of Year.” Smokie Norful also earned two with a “Male Vocalist of the Year” win as well as “Contemporary Male of the Year.” Also bringing home two Stellar Statues was show co-host Vickie Winans with “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” for her chart-topping single “How I Got Over.”
Presenters included Gospel singers Yolanda Adams, The Clark Sisters, Walter Hawkins, “KiKi” Kierra Sheard, as well as actress Sherri Sheppard from the popular TV show “The View,” and David and Tamela Mann from Tyler Perry’s TBS show “Meet the Browns."
The show was full of collaborations in honor of the 25 years of performances during the Stellar Awards. Legendary vocalists Tremaine Hawkins, Shirley Ceasar and Dottie Peoples appeared on stage together for a female vocal collaboration of their music, and Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and Byron Cage also performed a male collaboration. The show also featured a piano collaboration from Smokie Norful and Richard Smallwood, and opening the show, were Hezekiah Walker with his Love Fellowship Choir and Ricky Dillard and New G with a choir collaboration.
Hawkins, Ceasar and Peoples
Other highlights included performances from BeBe and CeCe Winans performing their new hit single “Grace,” Kirk Franklin singing a medley of hits, Crystal Aikin with “I Desire More,” Vanessa Bell Armstrong with “Good News,” Isreal Houghton performed his single “Every Prayer” with Mary Mary, and Donald Lawrence closed the show with a performance featuring the Verizon Wireless “How Sweet the Sound” winners, the Atlanta West Pentecostal Church Choir.
“The Stellar Awards have been my passion and it has been a long journey from where we started to where we are today,” said Don Jackson producer and creator of the show. “The show now airs in more than 125 markets around the country and features all the best that Gospel music has to offer. We are proud of what we have accomplished and are grateful to the industry and fans for continuing to believe in us.”
The 25th Stellar Gospel Music Awards show will begin airing on January 23rd, please check your local listings for airdates and times in your area. The show will make its basic cable debut on Sunday, February 28th at 8pm Eastern Time on the Gospel Music Channel. For a complete list of winners log on to