2017 Stellar Awards nominees announced

32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

Central City Productions announced today the nominees in 26 categories for the 2017 Stellar Awards. Hailed as an “epic night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The hosts will be Anthony Brown and Erica Campbell. The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication on 170 stations in over 150 markets around the country from April 14 – May 7, 2017.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
JEKALYN CARR, THE LIFE PROJECT, LUNJEAL MUSIC GROUP/eONE MUSIC
KIRK FRANKLIN, LOSING MY RELIGION, FO YO SOUL/RCA RECORDS
TAMELA MANN, ONE WAY, TILLY MANN
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, SOUNDS OF REVIVAL, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ eONE MUSIC

SONG OF THE YEAR
“YOU’RE BIGGER”, ALLUNDRIA CARR & ALLEN CARR, THE LIFE PROJECT (JEKALYN CARR)
“GOD PROVIDES”, KIRK FRANKLIN, ONE WAY (TAMELA MANN)
“MADE A WAY”, TRAVIS GREENE, THE HILL (TRAVIS GREENE)
“YOU DESERVE IT” (SINGLE), JJ HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TODD DULANEY, A WORSHIPPER’S HEART, eONE MUSIC
TRAVIS GREENE, THE HILL, RCA INSPIRATION
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, THE JOURNEY (LIVE), RCA INSPIRATION
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION 2: BETTER, AZUSA / eONE MUSIC

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BRI (BRIANA BABINEAUX), KEYS TO MY HEART, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT RECORDS
SHIRLEY CAESAR, FILL THIS HOUSE, LIGHT RECORDS/ eONE MUSIC
JEKALYN CARR, THE LIFE PROJECT, LUNJEAL MUSIC GROUP/ eONE MUSIC
TAMELA MANN, ONE WAY, TILLY MANN

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
MYRON BUTLER & LEVI, ON PURPOSE, MOTOWN GOSPEL
LIVRE’, TRIBE OF JOSHUA, GLORY 2 GLORY/RAL A SONY COMPANY
VIRTUE, FEARLESS, MIXED BAG ENTERTAINMENT
BRYAN ANDREW WILSON RODERICK GILES & GRACE, OVERFLOW, BRYAN’S SONGS/CE MUSIC/MRI/SONY RED

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BRI (BRIANA BABINEAUX), KEYS TO MY HEART, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT RECORDS
ENON TABERNACLE, ALYN E. WALLER PRESENTS ENON TABERNACLE: THE EXPERIENCE, ENON MUSIC GROUP
LIVRE’, TRIBE OF JOSHUA, GLORY 2 GLORY/RAL A SONY COMPANY
DEBORAH JOY WINANS, GREENLEAF SOUNDTRACK, MALACO RECORDS

CD OF THE YEAR
A WORSHIPPER’S HEART, TODD DULANEY, eONE MUSIC
LOSING MY RELIGION, KIRK FRANKLIN, FO YO SOUL/RCA RECORDS
THE HILL, TRAVIS GREENE, RCA INSPIRATION
ONE WAY, TAMELA MANN, TILLY MANN

CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY, MAKE IT, ANOINTED SOUNDS/ eONE MUSIC
CHICAGO MASS CHOIR, WE GIVE YOU PRAISE, NEW HAVEN RECORDS
ENON TABERNACLE, ALYN E. WALLER PRESENTS ENON TABERNACLE: THE EXPERIENCE, ENON MUSIC GROUP
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION 2: BETTER, AZUSA INC./ eONE MUSIC

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
KIRK FRANKLIN,RON HILL, MONICA COATES, SHAUN MARTIN & MAX STARK, LOSING MY RELIGION (KIRK FRANKLIN), FO YO SOUL/RCA RECORDS
GEO BIVINS, TRAVIS GREENE & VICTOR NAVEJAR, THE HILL (TRAVIS GREENE), RCA INSPIRATION
MYRON BUTLER, TAMELA MANN, KIRK FRANKLIN, TIMBERLAND, ERIC DAWKINS, KING LOGAN, SHAUN MARTIN & DAVID MANN, ONE WAY (TAMELA MANN), TILLY MANN
DONALD LAWRENCE FOR QUIET WATER ENTERTAINMENT & HEZEKIAH WALKER FOR HEZHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT, AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION 2: BETTER (HEZEKIAH WALKER), AZUSA INC./ eONE MUSIC

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
MYRON BUTLER & LEVI, ON PURPOSE, MOTOWN GOSPEL
GI, PRAY AND DON’T WORRY, BGA MUSIC GROUP
LIVRE’, TRIBE OF JOSHUA, GLORY 2 GLORY/RAL A SONY COMPANY
VIRTUE, FEARLESS, MIXED BAG ENTERTAINMENT

CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
TRAVIS GREENE, THE HILL, RCA INSPIRATION
CHARLES JENKINS, THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS, INSPIRED PEOPLE
JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS, SESSIONS, eONE MUSIC
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION 2: BETTER, AZUSA INC./ eONE MUSIC

TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
LUTHER BARNES, THE FAVOR OF GOD, SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND, WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE, RCA INSPIRATION
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, THE JOURNEY (LIVE), RCA INSPIRATION
BRYAN ANDREW WILSON, OVERFLOW, BRYAN’S SONGS/CE MUSIC/MRI/SONY RED

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BRI (BRIANA BABINEAUX), KEYS TO MY HEART, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT RECORDS
LATICE CRAWFORD, DIARY OF A CHURCH GIRL, LATICE CRAWFORD MUSIC
JANICE GAINES, GREATEST LIFE EVER, MOTOWN GOSPEL
TIFF JOY, TIFF JOY, WALWAY ENTERTAINMENT/TYSCOT RECORDS

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
LEMMIE BATTLES, WE GIVE YOU PRAISE, NEW HAVEN RECORDS
SHIRLEY CAESAR, FILL THIS HOUSE, LIGHT RECORDS/ eONE MUSIC
JEKALYN CARR, THE LIFE PROJECT, LUNJEAL MUSIC GROUP/ eONE MUSIC
TAMELA MANN, ONE WAY, TILLY MANN

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
A WORSHIPPER’S HEART, TODD DULANEY, eONE MUSIC
LOSING MY RELIGION, KIRK FRANKLIN, FO YO SOUL/RCA RECORDS
THE HILL, TRAVIS GREENE, RCA INSPIRATION
MASTERPIECE, DEITRICK HADDON, eONE MUSIC

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
FILL THIS HOUSE, SHIRLEY CAESAR, LIGHT RECORDS/ eONE MUSIC
WE GIVE YOU PRAISE, CHICAGO MASS CHOIR, NEW HAVEN RECORDS
WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE, FRED HAMMOND, RCA INSPIRATION
ONE WAY, TAMELA MANN, TILLY MANN

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE Or PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
THE ANTHEM: A WORSHIPPER’S HEART, TODD DULANEY, eONE MUSIC
YOU DESERVE IT (SINGLE), JJ HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE, JAMESTOWN MUSIC/ eONE MUSIC
GOD PROVIDES, ONE WAY, TAMELA MANN, TILLY MANN
BETTER, AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION 2: BETTER, HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA / eONE MUSIC

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
ROCK JACOBS, “WANNA BE HAPPY” – LOSING MY RELIGION (KIRK FRANKLIN), FO YO SOUL/RCA RECORDS
WILL THOMAS OF SPACE CHERRY FILMS, “INTENTIONAL”, THE HILL (TRAVIS GREENE), RCA INSPIRATION
DEREK BLANKS, “THE WAY THAT YOU LOVE ME”, SESSIONS (JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS), eONE MUSIC
MARK CLEMENT, “BETTER”, AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION 2: BETTER (HEZEKIAH WALKER), AZUSA INC./ eONE MUSIC

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
LUTHER BARNES & THE RESTORATION WORSHIP CENTER CHOIR, THE FAVOR OF GOD, SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT CORP
CHICAGO MASS CHOIR, WE GIVE YOU PRAISE, NEW HAVEN RECORDS
ENON TABERNACLE, ALYN E. WALLER PRESENTS ENON TABERNACLE: THE EXPERIENCE, ENON MUSIC GROUP
HOWARD GOSPEL CHOIR OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY, GLORIOUS GOD, HOWARD GOSPEL CHOIR

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY, MAKE IT, ANOINTED SOUNDS/eONE MUSIC
BISHOP ANDREW MERRITT & STARLIGHT GATE MASS CHOIR, SATURATE US, BAJADA RECORDS
SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS FEATURING HSRA, ROYALTY, SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS/ATOMIC K RECORDS
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION 2: BETTER, AZUSA INC./EONE MUSIC

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
GLORIOUS GOD, HOWARD GOSPEL CHOIR OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY, HOWARD GOSPEL CHOIR
ROYALTY, SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS FEATURING HSRA, SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS/ATOMIC K RECORDS
GREENLEAF SOUNDTRACK, VARIOUS ARTISTS, MALACO RECORDS
WOW GOSPEL 2016, VARIOUS ARTISTS, RCA INSPIRATION

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
SURRENDER, BIZZLE, GOD OVER MONEY RECORDS
IT’S COMPLICATED, DA’ TRUTH, NEXT MUSIC/MIXED BAG
THE GLORY ALBUM, CHRISTON GRAY, FO YO SOUL RECORDS/RCA RECORDS
I AM JUSTICE, CANTON JONES, CAJO INTERNATIONAL

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
CHOIRBOI CAM, THE DESTINY PROJECT, INDEPENDENT
JOSHUA’S TROOP, IT’S MY TIME, NEW HAVEN RECORDS
KINGDOM KIDS WORLDWIDE, AFTERSCHOOL PARTY REMIX, HEADSTRATE ENTERTAINMENT
PURE-N-HEART, ALPHAEUS ANDERSON PRESENTS PURE-N-HEART YOUTH PSALMS HYMNS & SPIRITUAL SONGS, MUSIC2CHANGEU

QUARTET OF THE YEAR
DA CHOZEN BROTHAZ, THE BLUEPRINT OF D.C.B., D.C.B. INC.
KEITH “WONDERBOY” JOHNSON, TIMELESS MUSIC MOVEMENT VOLUME 1, WONDERSPIRIT PRODUCTIONS RECORDS
SHAWN JONES AND THE BELIEVERS, VICTORY, HUMILITY MUSIC
LIL’ JAY AND THE SPIRITUAL BOYS, RATED R*, T.S.B. MUSIC GROUP

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
JEFF GILLIGAN, LOSING MY RELIGION (KIRK FRANKLIN), FO YO SOUL/RCA RECORDS
PAUL GROSSO, FILL THIS HOUSE (SHIRLEY CAESAR), LIGHT RECORDS/eONE MUSIC
D LACEY MAYSON MINOR & KESTON MCKINNON, ONE WAY (TAMELA MANN), TILLY MANN
ANNIE STOLL, THE HILL (TRAVIS GREENE), RCA INSPIRATION

PRAISE & WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
THE LIFE PROJECT, JEKALYN CARR, LUNJEAL MUSIC GROUP/eONE MUSIC
A WORSHIPPER’S HEART, TODD DULANEY, eONE MUSIC
THE HILL, TRAVIS GREENE, RCA INSPIRATION
SOUNDS OF REVIVAL, WILLIAM MCDOWELL, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ eONE MUSIC