Stellar Awards Names Nominees for Best in Gospel Music

Nominees for the best in Gospel Music were announced for the 22nd Annual Stellar Awards.


Called the "premiere Gospel event" recognizing and honoring African American artists, the Stellar Gospel Music Awards show will take place on Jan. 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

Co-hosting the awards show are Grammy Award-winning Kirk Franklin and Contemporary Gospel Sensation Tye Tribbett. Both are past Stellar Award winners and this year are up for at least three awards.

Nominees in the top 10, of the 28, categories are listed below.

Category #10 - Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year
Myron Butler & Levi-Set Me Free
Lyric Sings-Brand New Day
The Singletons-Better Than That
Virtue-Testimony

Category #9 - Producer of the Year
Kirk Franklin-Kirk Franklin-Hero
Fred Hammond-The Singletons-Better Than That
Donald Lawrence-Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri City Singers-Finale: Act One
Mario Winans, Tommy Sims, Keith Thomas, Andy Shelby-CeCe Winans-Purified

Category #8 - Choir of the Year
Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise-From the Heart
Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri City Singers-Finale: Act One
Malcolm Williams & Great Faith-Walking in My Destiny
Youthful Praise featuring James Hairston-Live! The Praise…The Worship

Category #7 - CD of the Year
Kirk Franklin-Hero
Israel & New Breed-ALIVE in South Africa
Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri City Singers-Finale: Act One
Tye Tribbett & G.A.-Kingdom University presents Tye Tribbett & G.A. Victory LIVE!

Category #6 - New Artist of the Year
Myron Butler & Levi-Set Me Free
Euclid Gray-Father Guide Me
Darrel Petties & Strength in Praise-Count it All Joy
Briana Scott-While I'm Here

Category #5 - Group/Duo of the Year
Myron Butler & Levi-Set Me Free
Darrell McFadden & The Disciples-I've Got a Right
The Williams Brothers & Their Superstar Friends-Soul Link Live 3-Man in the Mirror
Reverend Wesley Woods & The Hebrew Gospel Singers-Live in Houston

Category #4 - Female Vocalist of the Year
Shirley Caesar-I Know the Truth
Dorinda Clark-Cole-Live From Houston-The Rose of Gospel
Kierra KiKi Sheard-This is Me
CeCe Winans-Purified

Category #3 - Male Vocalist of the Year
Myron Butler - Set Me Free
Byron Cage-An Invitation to Worship
Israel Houghton-ALIVE in South Africa
Tye Tribbett-Kingdom University presents Tye Tribbett & G.A. Live-Victory LIVE!

Category #2 - Song of the Year
Myron Butler-"Set Me Free"
Kirk Franklin, Patrice Rushen, C. Mims, S. Brown, F. Washington-"Looking For You"
Isaiah D. Thomas-"I Will Bless The Lord"
Mario Winans/CeCe Winans-"Pray"

Category #1 - Artist of the Year
Kirk Franklin-Hero
Donald Lawrence presents The Tri City Singers-Finale: Act One
Martha Munizzi-No Limits…Live
Tye Tribbett & G.A.-Victory LIVE!