33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

From The Stellar Awards website:
The 2017-2018 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

Category #1
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

Category #2
SONG OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown, Trust in You – A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– David Bloom, Cortez Vaughn, Phontane Demond Reed & JJ Hairston, You Deserve It (JJ Hairston & Youthful
Praise), JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Derrick Starks & J.D. Sheard II, Hang On (Feat: Kierra Sheard) – Bishop J. Drew Sheard Presents: GEI LIVE,
Karew Records
– Travis Greene, You Waited – Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

Category #3
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #4
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– CeCe Winans, Let Them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel
– Le’Andria Johnson, Bigger Than Me, RCA Inspiration
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel
– Tina Campbell, It’s Still Personal, Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

CATEGORY #5
DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– James Fortune & FIYA, Dear Future Me, Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
– The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records

CATEGORY #6
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– Dr. F. James Clark Presents the NextGeneration Choir, Sure. Focused. Centered, City of Peace Music
– Gene Moore, The Future, Motown Gospel
– Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records
– Koryn Hawthorne, Koryn Hawthorne EP, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #7
CD OF THE YEAR
– A Long Way from Sunday, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
– Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #8
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Ricky Dillard & New G, 10, Entertainment One
– The Miami Mass Choir, The Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center, MaJo Records
– Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir, We Win, Independent

CATEGORY #9
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown, Justin Savage, Dana T. Sorey, Warryn Campbell & Darryl Woodson, A Long Way from Sunday (Anthony Brown & group therAPy), Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon, Marcus Hodge & Gina Miller, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– Kenneth Leonard & Natasha Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City,RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #10
CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– James Fortune & FIYA, Dear Future Me, Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
– The Showers, The Journey, A & P Records

CATEGORY #11
TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
– Gods Posse, The Kind of God We Serve, Independent
– The Rance Allen Group, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records
– The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records
– The Williams Singers, In Real Time, Blackberry Records

CATEGORY #12
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #13
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live In New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
– Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration
– Rance Allen, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records
– Ricky Dillard, 10, Entertainment One

CATEGORY #14
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records
– Koryn Hawthorne, Koryn Hawthorne EP, RCA Inspiration
– Lucinda Moore, Walking In My Favor, Nalah Music Group
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #15
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Anita Wilson, Sunday Song, Reflection Media, Inc/Entertainment One
– CeCe Winans, Let them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel
– Le’Andria Johnson, Bigger Than Me, RCA Inspiration
– Tina Campbell, It’s Still Personal, Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

CATEGORY #16
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
– A Long Way from Sunday, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
– Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #17
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
– I Got Out, Bryan Popin, Little Boy Wonder Music/Flaydo Music
– Let Them Fall in Love, CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel
– Close, Marvin Sapp, Verity/RCA Inspiration
– 10, Ricky Dillard & New G, Entertainment One

CATEGORY #18
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
– Trust in You, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– I’m Getting Ready, Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft. Nicki Minaj, Motown Gospel
– You Waited, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #19
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– Byron Purnell, You – The Dolly Express (Jermaine Dolly), By Any Means Necessary
– Derek Blanks, We Livin – It’s Still Personal (Tina Campbell), Gee Tree Creative/Malaco
– Terrance Crowley, I’ve Seen Him Work – Sunday Song (Anita Wilson), Reflection Media, Inc/Entertainment One
– Terrance Crowley and Ted Winn; Grateful – Stand In Awe (Ted Winn), Shanachie Entertainment Corp.

CATEGORY #20
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live in New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
– Charles Butler & Trinity, The Blood Experience, Entertainment One
– Ricky Dillard & New G, 10, Entertainment One
– Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir, We Win, Independent

CATEGORY #21
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Dr. F. James Clark Presents the NextGeneration Choir, Sure. Focused. Centered, City of Peace Music
– GEI, Bishop J. Drew Sheard Presents: GEI LIVE, Karew Records
– JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– The Miami Mass Choir, The Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center, MaJo Records

CATEGORY #22
INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR
– Ben Tankard, CanTANKerous, BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music
– Daniel Weatherspoon, The Langley Park Project, Longlife Ent. Inc.
– Kirk Whalum, #LoveCovers, Top Drawer Records
– Tim Bowman, Into the Blue, I.M. Records

CATEGORY #23
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
– A Kenny Lattimore Christmas, Kenny Lattimore, Motown Gospel
– Greenleaf Soundtrack Season 2, Various Artists, RCA Inspiration
– Legacy Live in New Orleans, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
– Live from San Francisco, The Rance Allen Group, Tyscot Records

CATEGORY #24
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
– Crowns & Crosses, Bizzle, God Over Money LLC
– Greatness, Canton Jones, Radar Live/Cajo Records
– Reflection, Derek Minor, Reflection Music Group /Entertainment One
– The Waiting Room, Trip Lee, Reach Records

CATEGORY #25
YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
– God’s Little Soldiers International Boys Choir, Through the Years, DIR/Motor City Praise
– Kelontae Gavin, Higher, Marquis Boone/Tyscot Records
– Pure N Heart, Change the World, Music2ChangeU
– The Children Speak, Gibbs Ave, HOLY-wood Records

CATEGORY #26
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
– Men of Gods Heart, Men of Gods Heart, Men of Gods Heart, LLC
– The Group Fire, Join the Praise Party, Jet Records North / East
– The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records
– The Williams Singers, In Real Time, Blackberry Records

CATEGORY #27
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
– Derek Blanks, Dear Future Me (James Fortune & FIYA), Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
– Derek Blanks, 10 (Ricky Dillard & New G), Entertainment One
– Derek Blanks, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel
– Tim Parker, Close (Marvin Sapp), Verity/RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #28
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
– Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
– Sounds of Revival II: Deeper, William McDowell, Delivery Room Music/Entertainment One
– You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
– KHVN Heaven 97, 970AM, Dallas, Carmina Barnett
– WGRB-AM 1390AM (Inspiration 1390), Chicago, Sonya Blakey
– WIGO – AM 1570, Atlanta, Larry Young
– WPRS-FM, PRAISE 104.1, Washington, DC, Ron Thompson

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
– WBBP 1480, Memphis, Tracy Morgan
– WDEM Radio 98.5FM, Memphis, Towanna Murphy
– WJXY 103.5FM/937FM, Myrtle Beach, Reggie Dyson
– WOKB 1680AM, Orlando/Central Florida, Shanti Persaud

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
– WFMI 100.9, Virginia Beach, Mike Chandler
– WNNL 103.9FM – The Light, Raleigh-Durham, Jerry Smith
– WREJ, Richmond, Randy Johnson
– WYLD -AM 940, New Orleans, Dr. Loretta Petit

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
– KSYB 1300AM, Shreveport, Rhonda Phillips- Sanders
– WEHA – Gospel 88.7 &100.3 FM, Atlantic City, William & Elaine Hawkes
– WHBT 98.3 FM/1410 AM, Tallahassee, Darius Baker
– WIMG 1300 AM, Trenton, Vennie Stansbury

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
– Gospel Central Radio, www.thegospelcentral.com, Michael Stewart
– SOAR Radio, www.soarradio.com, Justin Francis
– uGospel Radio, uGospel.com, Khalif M. Townes
– Yes Lord Radio, www.yeslordradio.com, Rodrick Warren & Howard Young

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
– Liz Black, 1190AM WLIB, New York City, NY
– Sonya Blakey, WGRB – Inspiration 1390, Chicago, IL
– Randi Myles, WPZR-FM PRAISE 102.7, Detroit, MI
– Jerry Smith, WNNL Radio 103.9 The Light, Raleigh, NC

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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