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20th Annual Gospel Music Excellence Award Results

The GMWA honored excellence in Gospel music at its National Convention by way of the The 20th Annual Gospel Music Excellence Awards, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Sunday August 12, 2001. The ceremony was taped; look for them to be broadcast in syndication in select markets across the country, beginning in Detroit on August 19th, 2001. Full results are listed below.

 The awards are spread out over three categories: traditional, contemporary, and urban contemporary. The artists are placed in nomination by their respective record companies and then voted on by the Gospel Music Excellence Awards Academy, which includes on-air announcers, record company executives, media, Gospel retailers, GMWA chapter representatives, and GMWA Board Members. The top vote getters in each category become finalists, with the artist receiving the most votes designated the winner. The votes are tallied and certified by Hall Accounting Services, Indianapolis.

To be eligible for nomination, albums are required to have been released in the calendar year for 2000 (January 1 through to December 31).

Multiple award winners included Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Angela Spivey, Donald Lawrence and Mary Mary. In addition, California's Helen Stephens was honored this year's Founders Award

Hosted by Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Dottie Peoples and Richard Smallwood, the ceremony featured a myriad of artists in performance, including a blowout number by Rev. Norman Hutchins.

Complete results are presented below, with winners in each category in yellow text.


Song of the Year - Traditional (songwriter, song, label)

  • Chester D.T. Baldwin; "I Still Hear Mama Praying "; JDI
  • Al Hobbs; "These Thorns"; Aleho
  • We Fall Down; "Donnie McClurkin"; Verity

    Song of the Year - Contemporary (songwriter, song, label)

  • Ricky Dillard; "Holy Place"; Crystal Rose
  • Rev. Timothy Wright; "He's A Rock"; Savoy
  • Donald Lawrence; "Never Seen The Righteous"; EMI Gospel
  • John P. Kee; "Right Here"; Verity

    Song of the Year - Urban Contemp. (songwriter, song, label)

  • Marc Cooper; "Kum Bah Ya (arrangement)"; Savoy
  • Mary Mary; "Shackles"; Columbia
  • Tony Wilkins; "Shout Halleluiah"; Integrity
  • James Harris, Terry Lewis, James Wright, Yolanda Adams; "Open My Heart"; Elektra

    Male Vocalist of the Year - Traditional

  • Chester T. Baldwin; Sing It On Sunday Morning; JDI
  • Donnie McClurkin; Live in London and More; Verity
  • Lee Williams; Good Time; MCG
  • Luther Barnes; Wherever I Go; AIR

    Male Vocalist of the Year - Contemporary

  • Cedric Ford; Cedric Ford and Visions; Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel
  • Donald Lawrence; Tri-City4.com; EMI Gospel
  • Fred Hammond; Purpose By Design; Verity
  • Gary Oliver; More Than Enough; Integrity

    Male Vocalist of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Kurt Carr; Awesome Wonder; GospoCentric
  • Tonéx; Pronounced Toe-Nay; Jive/Verity/Tommy Boy/MSS/Rescue

    Female Vocalist of the Year - Traditional

  • Angela Spivey; Glory Honor and Praise; Aleho
  • Dorothy Norwood; Old Rickety Bridge; Malaco
  • Dottie Peoples; Show Up & Show Out; AIR
  • Shirley Caesar; You Can Make It; Word

    Female Vocalist of the Year - Contemporary

  • Kim Burrell; Everlasting Life; Tommy Boy Gospel
  • Shadonna; Shadonna; Marxan
  • Tarralyn Ramsey; Tarralyn Ramsey; Verity

    Female Vocalist of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Yolanda Adams; Open My Heart; Elektra
  • Natalie Wilson; Girl Director; GospoCentric

    Group of the Year - Contemporary

  • Dr. Ed Montgomery & ALC; I Still Believe; AB-Life
  • Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers; Awesome Wonder; GospoCentric
  • Spiritual Pieces; Soulfood; Tommy Boy Gospel

    Group of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia
  • 1NC; Kirk Franklin presents 1NC; GospoCentric
  • Commissioned; Time and Seasons; Verity
  • Natalie Wilson and SOP; Girl Director; GospoCentric

    Quartet of the Year

  • Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson/Spiritual Voices ; Live & Alive; World Wide Gospel
  • Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs; Good Time; MCG
  • The Williams Brothers; Live in Concert; Blackberry
  • Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires; Wherever I Go; AIR

    New Artist of the Year - Traditional

  • Carolyn Traylor; Don't Want To Be Left Behind; Malaco
  • Chester D.T. Baldwin; Sing It On Sunday Morning; JDI
  • Georgia Mass Youth 4 Christ ; Higher; Savoy
  • Tony Tidwell and Righteous Living; Since I Been Born Again; Meek

    New Artist of the Year - Contemporary

  • Cedric Ford; Cedric Ford & Vision; Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel
  • Miami Music Workshop Choir; Jesus Is The Real Thing; Tyscot
  • Tonéx; Pronounced Toe-Nay; Jive/Verity/Tommy Boy/MSS/Rescue

    New Artist of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Tonéx; Pronounced Toe-Nay; Jive/Verity/Tommy Boy/MSS/Rescue
  • Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia
  • 1NC; Kirk Franklin presents 1NC; GospoCentric
  • Natalie Wilson and SOP; Girl Director; GospoCentric

    Choir of the Year - Traditional

  • Reverend James Cleveland's GMWA Mass Choirr; Behind the Curtain; MCG
  • Chester D.T. Baldwin; Sing It On Sunday Morning; JDI
  • Angela Spivey & The Voices of Victory; Glory Honor and Praise; Aleho
  • John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir; Not Guilty; Verity

    Choir of the Year - Contemporary

  • Reverend Timothy Wright & ML Tabernacle Mass; He's A Rock; Savoy
  • Ricky Dillard & New G; No Limit; Crystal Rose
  • Lamar Campbell & Spirit Of Praise; When I Think About You; EMI Gospel
  • Fred Hammond & RFC; Purpose By Design; Verity

    Choir of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers; Tri-City4.com; EMI Gospel
  • Franklin "Bubby" Fann; In Dreams; Tyscot
  • Miami Mass Choir; Just 4 You; Savoy
  • New Devine Destiny ; Be Ready; Tommy Boy Gospel

    Producer of the Year - Traditional

  • Geo Dean/Glen Stevenson/ Jerry Peters; Good Time; MCG
  • Sanchez Harley; Glory, Honor & Praise; Aleho
  • Donnie McClurkin/Kevin Bond; Live in London and More; Verity
  • Doug and Melvin Williams; The Williams Brothers "The Concert"; Blackberry

    Producer of the Year - Contemporary

  • Kurt Carr; Awesome Wonder; GospoCentric
  • Ricky Dillard; No Limit; Crystal Rose
  • Sanchez Harley; When I Think About You; EMI Gospel
  • John P. Kee; Not Guilty; Verity

    Producer of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Warryn Campbell; Thankful; Columbia
  • Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin Presents 1NC; GospoCentric
  • Fred Hammond; Purpose By Design; Verity
  • Donald Lawrence; TriCity4.com; EMI Gospel

    Video Concert or Concept of the Year

  • Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers; Awesome Wonder; GospoCentric
  • Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's;Good Time; MCG
  • Donnie McClurkin; Live In London & More; Verity
  • Yolanda Adams; Open My Heart; Elektra

    Album of the Year - Traditional

  • Donnie McClurkin; Live in London and More; Verity
  • Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs; Good Time; MCG
  • Chester D.T. Baldwin; Sing It On Sunday Morning ; JDI
  • Angela Spivey & The Voices of Victory; Glory, Honor & Praise; Aleho

    Album of the Year - Contemporary

  • John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir; Not Guilty; Verity
  • Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers; Awesome Wonder; GospoCentric
  • Ricky Dillar & New G; No Limit; Crystal Rose
  • Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise; When I Think About You; EMI Gospel

    Album of the Year - Urban Contemporary

  • Mary Mary; Thankful; Columbia
  • 1NC; Kirk Franklin Presents 1NC; GospoCentric
  • Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers; Tri-City4.com; EMI Gospel



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