35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners

(CHICAGO, IL) August 23, 2020 – Not even a global pandemic could diminish the powerful spirit of praise, worship and celebration during the historic virtual broadcast of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Sunday night on BET and BET Her.

Led by hosts Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne, the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards awarded trophies in 28 categories for the year’s best performances in the genre — including six statues presented to the night’s big winner, host and Gospel icon Kirk Franklin.

Here is the complete list of 35th Stellar Award Winners. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Category #1
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

Category #2
SONG OF THE YEAR
Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence, William Stokes, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge
& Desmond Davis; RCA Inspiration

Category #3
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #4
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Le’Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #5
DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records

CATEGORY #6
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Pastor Mike Jr.; Live Free; Black Smoke Worldwide

CATEGORY #7
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #8
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
2019 – 2020

CATEGORY #9
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Kirk Franklin, Ronald Hill & Phil Thornton; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #10
CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records

CATEGORY #11
TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers; Bless Somebody Else; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #12
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #13
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One

CATEGORY #14
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #15
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Le’Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #16
CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #17
TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
I Made It Out; John P. Kee; Entertainment One

CATEGORY #18
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #19
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Love Theory; Matt DeLisi; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #20
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One

CATEGORY #21
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #22
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Rise!; Ben Tankard; BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music

CATEGORY #23
SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Greenleaf: Season 3 (Music from The Original TV Series); Various Artists; Lionsgate Entertainment

CATEGORY #24
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Live Free; Pastor Mike Jr.; Black Smoke Worldwide

CATEGORY #25
YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Gospel Kids; Gospel Kids Present… Christian Soldiers; Tyscot Records

CATEGORY #26
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
Keith Wonderboy Johnson & Josh Myles; Inspirational Project; Timeless Music

CATEGORY #27
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Bless Somebody Else; Derek Blanks; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #28
PRAISE AND WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Miracle Worker; JJ Hairston; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR WINNERS
MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
WPZS Praise 100.9 FM, Charlotte

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
WXHL 89.1, Wilmington

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
WJAY 98.3 FM & 1280 AM, Mullins

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
U Gospel, http://uGospel.com

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
Meta Washington, SiriusXM, Satellite Radio

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.