RECAP: Taping of the 23rd Annual Stellar Awards (2008)
The eyes and ears of the Gospel Music community were sharply fastened on The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN for the 23rd annual Stellar Awards taping on Saturday, January 12, 2008.
Hosted by Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, and Byron Cage, and presented by Central City Productions, the industry's finest came together to celebrate an evening of faith, harmony, and healing.
The night's festivities featured a plethora of impressive performances with a bevy of celebrities and artists presenting awards to Gospel's brightest and best. Big winners for the evening included The Clark Sisters, who walked away with four trophies including the coveted Artist of the Year and CD of the Year, and DeWayne Woods, who garnered three Stellars including Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Both of these artists had exciting performances which saw Woods sing his hit "Let Go", which won Song of the Year, and a medley from Clark Sisters which featured "Blessed and Highly Favored" and "Livin'".
The show kicked off with a rousing performance from Bishop Noel Jones' City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, who performed their hit "It's Not About Us". That served as the standard bearer for the evening as the artists who followed brought their A-game to the stage.
Performers for the evening included Beverly Crawford, Marvin Sapp, Smokie Norful, The Rance Allen Group and Tamela Mann.
Kirk Franklin's endless creativity shined through with a politically themed presentation of "Declaration (This is It!)", while Ricky Dillard and New G literally brought the house down with the night's most talked about performance with "The Light".
Co-host CeCe Winans debuted new music and was honored with the Chevrolet Most Notable Achievement Award.
Tramaine Hawkins had a big evening, winning Stellars for Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year while being honored with the Allstate James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.
The evening also saw the debut of the Bobby Jones Legends Award, which went to The Caravans and also to The Barrett Sisters.
Check out all the winners, and be sure to check your local listings to relive Gospel's biggest night of the year.
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