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2014 Stellar Awards predictions

It is Gospel music’s biggest award season as the winners of the Stellar Awards  will be announced in a few days. I shared the full list of nominees HERE, but today I shall share with you my pick of the winners from some of the categories.

2013 – 2014

29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON, BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL
MY PICK:
Tamela Mann. Her single and album has been hot for the whole of one year and some. She is still soaring on charts and she bought a whole new level of respect to female gospel singers.  It will be a tough one being that Bishop Paul, Tribbett and Tasha Cobbs in one the list.
So for me, Tamela Mann it is.

SONG OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN, TESTIMONY – ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
DONALD LAWRENCE, YOUR BEST DAYS YET – BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
KIRK FRANKLIN, TAKE ME TO THE KING – BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
WILLIAMS REAGAN, BREAK EVERY CHAIN – GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)

MY PICK:
It won’t get any easier will it? I will go with “Take Me To The King,” though “Break Every Chain” also could win. While I love and appreciate “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs it is not entirely a new score since it has had different rendition over the years, but Kirk Franklin penned hit single “Take Me To The King” is entirely new.

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON, BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JONATHAN NELSON, FINISH STRONG, KAREW RECORDS
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL
VASHAWN MITCHELL, CREATED4THIS, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)

MY PICK:
Without a doubt I will pick Vashawn Mitchell.  The other vocalists have albums released recently but Vashawn Mitchell dropped his record in 2012 and it still has my attention in terms of his vocal delivery and arrangement. However, the award committee may go with Tye Tribbett.

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

SHIRLEY CAESAR, GOOD GOD, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TWINKIE CLARK, TWINKIE CLARK LIVE & UNPLUGGED, LARRY CLARK GOSPEL, LLC
MY PICK:
Queen Shirley Caesar has this one. Heck, she’s 70 with the vocal capabilities that will put the younger generation to shame. She is a living legend on a lane of her own.

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
ISRAEL AND NEW BREED, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY
JOHN P. KEE AND NEW LIFE, LIFE & FAVOR, KEE MUSIC GROUP

MY PICK:
Jesus At The Center is a revival movement! Israel and New Breed took over in all aspect as songs from the record has been covered all over the place and in different continents. I am deeply in love with “Jesus At The Center” cd/DVD.

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

ALEXIS SPIGHT, L.O.L. (LIVING OUT LOUD), MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
JEKALYN CARR, GREATER IS COMING, LUNJEAL/MALACO
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
MY PICK:
We can all just hand over the award to Tasha Cobbs already. It is hers already.

CD OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL
MY PICK:
This one is not easy so I will say Tye Tribbett but on some other level and on another day I am sure I will say Tasha Cobbs or Tamela Mann. Yep I second guess myself all the time.

CHOIR OF THE YEAR

EARL BYNUM & THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR, BISHOP K.W. BROWN PRESENTS EARL BYNUM & THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR, K.W. BROWN MINISTRIES
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA: THE NEXT GENERATION, RCA INSPIRATION
SHEKINAH GLORY MINISTRY, SURRENDER, KINGDOM RECORDS, INC.
THE FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY OF WORSHIP, ONE SOUND, TEHILLAH/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

MY PICK:
I will go with Shekinah Glory Ministry, they never fail to bring IT! Hezekiah Walker also did superb.

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

JUSTIN SAVAGE, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND & DEREK “DC” CLARK, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
MYRON BUTLER & KIRK FRANKLIN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TYE TRIBBETT & BRANDON JONES, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

MY PICK:
Tye Tribett and Brandon Jones. They brought new creativity and sound to the album and less of the recycled generic stuff.

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
ISRAEL AND NEW BREED, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY
VINCENT THARPE & KENOSIS, LIVE IN MEMPHIS, EPM MUSIC GROUP/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

MY PICK:
Israel and New Breed is as contemporary as it gets. From the Spanish flavored Te Amo which featured Ice T to the Bob Dylan inspired duet with Mariah Houghton it is a real package.

CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL
VASHAWN MITCHELL, CREATED4THIS, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
MY PICK:
Tye Tribett.

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

ALEXIS SPIGHT, L.O.L. (LIVING OUT LOUD), MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, THE EXPERIENCE, MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
VICKI YOHE, FREE WORSHIPPER, SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT

MY PICK:
Wow this is another tough one. Le’andria Johnson or Tasha Cobbs

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

JEKALYN CARR, GREATER IS COMING, LUNJEAL/MALACO
SHIRLEY CAESAR, GOOD GOD, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TWINKIE CLARK, TWINKIE CLARK LIVE & UNPLUGGED, LARRY CLARK GOSPEL, LLC

MY PICK:
Shirley Caesar.

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

MY PICK:
“Greater Than” by The Tribbett.

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TESTIMONY - ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, HERE IN OUR PRAISE - UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
TAMELA MANN, TAKE ME TO THE KING – BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TYE TRIBBETT, IF HE DID IT BEFORE…SAME GOD - GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

MY PICK:
“Take Me To The King” by Tamela Mann. Did you see what she did on BET’s Sunday Best with the song?! OUTSTANDING! She got a standing ovation, “Take Me To the King” is by far one of the biggest inspirational songs of the year.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BRAND X, TESTIMONY - ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
PAJAM, GOD’S GOT IT – V4: THE OTHER SIDE OF VICTORY, PAJAM/RCA INSPIRATION
BOBBY YAN, TURNING AROUND FOR ME – CREATED4THIS, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
RUSSELL HALL, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY

MY PICK:
“Jesus At The Center.”

CATEGORY #24RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR

BIZZLE, THE GOOD FIGHT, GOD OVER MONEY RECORDS
DEREK MINOR, MINORVILLE, REACH RECORDS
LECRAE, GRAVITY, REACH RECORDS
THI’SL, FREE FROM THE TRAP, FULL RIDE MUSIC GROUP, LLC

MY PICK:
Gravity by Lecrae

CATEGORY #28PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR

ISRAEL AND NEW BREED, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL
MY PICK:
“Jesus At the Center”  by Israel and New Breed.

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