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SR Gospel: 2009 Stellar Award Winners Announced, Sapp and Nelson Lead

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SR Gospel: 2009 Stellar Award Winners Announced, Sapp and Nelson Lead

Gospel and inspirational artists including Donnie McClurkin, The Clark Sisters, Deitrick Haddon and Kirk Franklin descended upon Nashville, TN for Saturday’s Stellar awards where Marvin Sapp led the pack of winners with seven awards ! Marvin Sapp’s “Thirsty,” featuring “Never Would Have Made It” ended up winning CD of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year. Sapp’s inspirational record “Never Would Have Made It” earned the singer Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Music Video of the Year in addition to the coveted Artist of the Year Award ! (see full winners list below) Kirk Franklin (Urban/ Inspirational Single / Performance of the Year), Dorinda Clark Cole (Female Vocalist of the Year), Jessica Greene (New Artist of the Year) and The Clark Sisters (Special Event CD of the Year) also won awards. Jonathan Nelson (pictured above) featuring Purpose became the night’s second leading act, picking up three awards including Contemporary CD of the Year. The Stellar Awards are slated to air later this month, featuring performances from Dionne Warwick, Lee Williams & the Spiritual QC’s and Kirk Franklin. 2009 Stellar Award Winners: Artist of the Year- Marvin Sapp; Thirsty Song of the Year – Marvin Sapp / Matthew Brownie “Never Would Have Made It” Male Vocalist of the Year – Marvin Sapp Female Vocalist of the Year – Dorinda Clark-Cole; Take It Back Group Duo of the Year – Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose; Right Now Praise New Artist of the Year – Jessica Greene; 4 The World; Habakkuk Music CD of the Year – Marvin Sapp; Thirsty Choir of the Year – Ricky Dillard & New G; The 7th Episode: Live in Toronto Producer of the Year – Aaron Lindsey; Thirsty Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year – Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose; Right Now Praise Traditional Group/Duo of the Year – The Canton Spirituals; Driven Contemporary Male of the Year – Byron Cage; Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation Traditional Male of the Year – Marvin Sapp Contemporary Female of the Year – CeCe Winans; Thy Kingdom Come Traditional Female of the Year – Beverly Crawford; Live From Los Angeles Contemporary CD of the Year – Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose; Right Now Praise Traditional CD of the Year – Marvin Sapp; Thirsty Urban/ Inspirational Single / Performance of the Year Kirk Franklin; “Declaration: (This Is It)” Music Video of the Year – Marvin Sapp: “Never Would Have Made It” Contemporary Choir of the Year – Ricky Dillard & New G; The 7th Episode: Live in Toronto Traditional Choir of the Year – Bishop Paul Morton & The Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir; Embracing the Next Dimension Instrumental CD of the Year – Angélla Christie; The Breath of Life Special Event CD of the Year – The Clark Sisters; The Best of the Clark Sisters Encore Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year – Da’ T.R.U.T.H; Open Book Children’s Performance of the Year – Kaira Miller; In God’s Time/It Ain’t Over Quartet of the Year – Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s; So Much To Be Thankful For Recorded Music Package of the Year Michelle Lukianovich (art direction/design); Keith Major (photography); Thirsty (Marvin Sapp); Verity/Zomba Label Group Praise and Worship CD of the Year – Shekinah Glory Ministry; Jesus

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