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18th Annual Stellar Award Winners (2002)

Winners for The 18th Annual Stellar Awards have been announced.

There we no empty seats, as sold-out The Boisteuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center again hosted the year's most prestigious Gospel awards ceremony. Hosting the live-to-tape celebration on the January 11th evening was Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary and Michelle Williams.

Performing was Smokey Norful, alone on grand piano, with "I Need You Now", Angela Spivey with the popular "Dorothy Love-Coates Medley", Israel and New Breed with Ted and Sheri"You Are Good" and Shekinah Glory Ministries with their runaway hit, "Praise Is What I Do" to close out the taping in a big and intensely powerful way.

Multiple Stellar winners included Smokie Norful (3), Yolanda Adams (2), Donald Lawrence & TriCity Singers (3, plus the award to Philpott Design for their album's artwork), Richard Smallwood with Vision (3), Ted & Sheri (2), Kirk Franklin (5), The Canton Spirituals (2) and Dorinda Clark-Cole (2).

Stay tuned for the complete recap coming early this week. And check the 2003 Stellar TV listings to see when the 2-hour ceremony airs in your area.

Results are presented below, with winners in each category in yellow:


Artist of the Year

  • Yolanda Adams; Believe; Elektra
  • Richard Smallwood with Vision; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity
  • Donald Lawrence & Tri-City Singers; Go Get Your Life Back; EMI Gospel
  • Kirk Franklin; Rebirth of Kirk Franklin; Gospo Centric

    Song of the Year (Songwriter; Song; Label)

  • Kirk Franklin; "Hosanna"; Gospo Centric
  • Richard Smallwood; "My Everything (Praise Waiteth)"; Verity
  • Anthony C. Williams II; "God Has Not 4 Got"; Verity
  • Fred Hammond; "King of Glory"; Verity

    Choir of the Year

  • Youthful Praise; Awesome God; Evidence Gospel
  • Joe Pace & The Colorado Mass Choir ; Glad About It; Integrity
  • Richard Smallwood with Vision; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity
  • Donald Lawrence & Tri-City Singers; Go Get Your Life Back; EMI Gospel

    Producer of the Year

  • Kirk Franklin; Rebirth of Kirk Franklin; Gospo Centric
  • John P. Kee; Mighty In The Spirit; Verity
  • Richard Smallwood; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity
  • Fred Hammond; The Commissioned Reunion Live; Verity

    Group Duo of the Year

  • Men of Standard; Vol. III; Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel
  • Ted & Sheri; The Healing Starts Right There; Church Howse Music
  • The Commissioned Reunion; The Commissioned Reunion Live; Verity
  • Virtue; Virtuosity!; Verity

    New Artist of the Year

  • Michelle Williams; Heart To Yours; Music World Music/Columbia
  • Joann Rosario; Fred Hammond Presents...Joann Rosario "More, More, More"; F.Hammond Records/Verity
  • Smokie Norful; I Need You Now; EMI Gospel
  • Ted & Sheri; The Healing Starts Right There; Church Howse Music

    Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Marvin Sapp; I Believe; Verity
  • Tonex; O2; Verity
  • Richard Smallwood; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity
  • Smokie Norful; I Need You Now; EMI Gospel

    Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Yolanda Adams; Believe; Elektra
  • Dottie Peoples; Churchin' With Dottie; AIR Gospel
  • Dorinda Clark-Cole; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Gospo Centric
  • LaShun Pace; God is Faithful; Savoy

    Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year

  • Ted & Sheri; The Healing Starts Right There; Church Howse Music
  • The Commissioned Reunion; The Commissioned Reunion Live; Verity
  • Out of Eden; This Is Your Life; Gotee Records
  • Virtue; Virtuosity!; Verity

    CD of the Year

  • T.D. Jakes; Bishop T.D. Jakes presents Woman Thou Art Loosed Worship 2002, Run to the Water..The River Within ; EMI Gospel
  • Yolanda Adams; Believe; Elektra
  • Richard Smallwood with Vision; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity
  • Kirk Franklin; Rebirth of Kirk Franklin; Gospo Centric

    Traditional Group/Duo of the Year

  • Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson & The Spiritual Voices; Send A Revival; World Wide Gospel
  • The Texas Boyz; Forever Together; Blackberry Records
  • The Canton Spirituals; Walking By Faith; Verity
  • The Bolton Brothers; Revival in Atlanta; Blackberry Records

    Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Fred Hammond; Fred Hammond Christmas...Just Remember ; Verity
  • Donald Lawrence; Go Get Your Life Back; EMI Gospel
  • Smokie Norful; I Need You Now; EMI Gospel
  • Lamar Campbell; The Praise Collection; EMI Gospel

    Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson; Send A Revival; World Wide Gospel
  • Richard Smallwood; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity
  • Marvin Sapp; I Believe; Verity
  • Bishop Larry D. Trotter; United in Worship – TAMBO ; Tyscot

    Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Shirley Murdock; Home; EMI Gospel
  • Helen Baylor; My Everything; Diadem
  • Joann Rosario; Fred Hammond Presents...Joann Rosario "More, More, More"; F.Hammond Records/Verity
  • Yolanda Adams; Believe; Elektra

    Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Eveyln Turrentine-Agee; God Did It Live! Testimony; World Wide Gospel
  • Dottie Peoples; Churchin' With Dottie; AIR Gospel
  • Dorinda Clark-Cole; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Gospo Centric
  • LaShun Pace; God is Faithful; Savoy

    Contemporary CD of the Year

  • Donald Lawrence & Tri-City Singers; Go Get Your Life Back; EMI Gospel
  • Tonex; O2; Verity
  • The Commissioned Reunion; The Commissioned Reunion Live; Verity
  • Virtue; Virtuosity!; Verity Yolanda Adams

    Traditional CD of the Year

  • Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson & The Spiritual Voices; Send A Revival; World Wide Gospel
  • Dottie Peoples; Churchin' With Dottie; AIR Gospel
  • Norman Hutchins & JDI Christmas; Emmanuel; JDI Records
  • Richard Smallwood with Vision; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity

    Urban/Inspirational Performance of the Year

  • Brent Jones & The TP Mobb; Beautiful; EMI Gospel
  • Virtue; Virtuosity!; Verity
  • LeJuene Thompson; Soul Inspiration; EMI Gospel
  • Yolanda Adams; Believe; Elektra

    Music Video of the Year

  • Tonex; Bout' A Thing; Verity
  • Kirk Franklin; "Hosanna"; Gospo Centric
  • Yolanda Adams; Never Give Up; Elektra
  • Richard Smallwood with Vision; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity

    Traditional Choir of the Year

  • Richard Smallwood with Vision; Persuaded, Live in DC; Verity
  • Joe Pace & The Colorado Mass Choir ; Glad About It; Integrity
  • Mississippi Mass Choir; Amazing Love; Malaco Records
  • The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; Be Glad; M20 Communications

    Contemporary Choir of the Year

  • Youthful Praise; Awesome God; Evidence Gospel
  • Donald Lawrence & Tri-City Singers; Go Get Your Life Back; EMI Gospel
  • Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise; The Praise Collection; EMI Gospel
  • Excelsior; Soul Interpretations; Verity

    Instrumental CD of the Year
    (minimum number of nominations not met)

    Special Event CD of the Year

  • Norman Hutchins & JDI Christmas; Emmanuel; JDI Records
  • Various Artists; WOW Gospel 2002 —The Year’s 30 Top Gospel Artists And Songs ; Verity
  • The Commissioned Reunion; The Commissioned Reunion Live; Verity
  • T.D. Jakes; Bishop T.D. Jakes presents Woman Thou Art Loosed Worship 2002, Run to the Water..The River Within ; EMI Gospel

    Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year

  • Woody Rock; Soul Music; Gospo Centric
  • Righteous Riders; Internal Affairs; Tyscot
  • Brent Jones & The TP Mobb; Beautiful; EMI Gospel
  • Tonex; O2; Verity

    Children's Performance of the Year
    (minimum number of nominations not met)

    Quartet of the Year

  • Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson & The Spiritual Voices; Send A Revival; World Wide Gospel
  • The Texas Boyz; Forever Together; Blackberry Records
  • The Canton Spirituals; Walking By Faith; Verity
  • The Bolton Brothers; Revival in Atlanta; Blackberry Records

    Recorded Music Package of the Year (click for info)

  • Philpott Design & Pamela Springsteen; Go Get Your Life Back; EMI Gospel
  • Wendy Jones; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Gospo Centric
  • Denise Trotman; O2; Verity
  • George Hambrick, God Created ; Beautiful; EMI Gospel



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