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Stellar Nominee Reception

With 25 Stellar Award categories, only a select few can be presented on air. Friday evening —the night before the big televisions taping —was the time to honor all the nominees, and to present the off-camera Stellars. Dr. Bobby Jones and Atlanta's own Dottie Peoples were on hand as hosts.

Chevrolet Youth ChoirOn the music tip, well-known singer/songwriter Darius Brooks started out the evening in solo fashion, delighting with his warm vocals and new material from his recent project In Your Will that has been resounding all over Chicago (see album review).

Then with chicken and greens served for dinner, on stage came the Chevrolet Workshop Mass Youth Choir. Since under the official Stellar rules, there were not enough entries in the Childrens Award this year to present an award, Central City Productions and Chevrolet chose to recognize youth by assembling this special youth workshop choir. Special it was, as under the direction of LaTonya Moore, their contagious enthusiasm seeped from the the front of the room to the back with their renditions of "Bless His Holy Name" and "Jesus is a Rock".

Dr. Jones then invited the several Gospel legends on stage to sing impromptu with the choir. We got a taste of Dorothy Norwood, Albertina Walker, Margaret Allison, Vickie Winans, The Williams Brothers, Dottie Peoples and Candi Staton. Even Al Hobbs delivered a vocal lick or two on the mic.

Invited artist guests performing included Joyce Hurley as well as Loren Mulraine and Divine.

Then as the sweet pie was rolled out to the tables, nominees were invited up to the front, and awards announced. What made this all the more fun was the various combos of artists that Dr. Jones asked to sing on the spur of the moment. We got Virtue and Trin-i-tee 5:7 together, we had Marvin Sapp. GospoCentric VP Kevin Bond was invited to the front to accompany Norman Hutchins on "Battlefield". Some of the Mississippi Mass Choir came to front, including Mosie Burks, and sang "They Got The Word". We all sang along.

More visuals, and two bonus mini-movie clips of Marvin Sapp and the Mississippi Mass Choir are in the right margin below:


Central City Productions Chairman, Don Jackson

Dr. Bobby Jones

Dottie Peoples with Dr. Bobby Jones

Heaps of Stellar Trophies waiting to be handed out

Brenda Waters accepting Stellar for Traditional Female Vocalist

Nominees for Duo/Group of the Year:  Mary Mary, The Williams Brothers, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires

Mary Mary accepting one of their Stellar Awards

Rudulph Stanfield accepting Stellar on behalf of his late cousin, Rev. James Moore

The Williams Brothers accepting one of their Stellar Awards

Kevin Bond on keys, accompanying Norman Hutchins

Songwriter David Frazier

Gospel Announcer Tim Smith, Stellar Announcer of the Year

Stan North, James Hall, Melanie Clark, Mark Moore



feature by GospelFlava.com Staff




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