Tamela Mann Wins Big At The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards
For years she has heard that it was her time but on Saturday night in Nashville, Tamela Mann finally knew it, taking home seven awards at the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including “CD of the Year”, “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Artist of the Year”.
“I can’t stop crying. I feel like it is my time and I’ve heard that for years and years and God is just showing me it really is, and I just want to be in His will.” The win came for her latest album, Best Days, featuring the smash hit single, “Take Me To The King”.
“You look at all the work you’ve done and just feel like thank God my work hasn’t been in vain and this particular album has been unusual,” Mann continues.
“For me to be independent and we do everything on our own—out of our pocket—and the favor of God just fell on it for the people to love and embrace it and for it to almost have been two years and the album is still riding at the top of the charts. I’m in amazement. I don’t understand it but I just thank God that he’s doing it.”
Mann wasn’t the night’s only big winners. Tosha Cobbs who earned seven nominations for what was one of the year’s biggest hits, took home three awards.
Said Cobbs, “I am so grateful. When God uses you, there is nothing you do to deserve it or earn it, but he just chooses to favor us, so I thank God tonight just for the Stellars Awards and everybody who supports the ministry.”
Anthony Brown (& Group Therapy), whose song “Testimony” was the most played gospel song of the year—according to Nielsen Music—was awarded “Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Group/Duo of the Year”.
“It’s overwhelming,” Brown said. “To be writing songs in my house that no one ever heard and months later, God made this happen. It’s all Him, so I’m just kind of overwhelmed, but chillin’—sitting back and letting God do what He does.”
Other multiple winners included Fred Hammond’s United Tenors and Hezekiah Walker who was also honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.
“It’s amazing, especially being that it’s a James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Walker, whose latest project, “Azuza: The Next Generation” earned him three awards, including “Traditional Choir of the Year” and “Special Event CD of the Year”. “I thought about it the other day and as a child we could only listen to gospel music in our home and of course, James Cleveland was the main artist in the home, so I would listen to him over and over.
“I used to look at the front of the cover and the back of the cover. Actually listening to him and saying to myself, I really want to sing this kind of music. And now years later I’m singing this kind of music and the man who I was listening to in my home, I’m standing on his shoulders receiving a lifetime achievement award.”
The two-hour show --hosted by Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley--was spiked with performances by Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Isaac Carree, Ricky Dillard, Lexi, VaShawn Mitchell, and Lexi, aired live in prime time on the UP Television Network and will be broadcast in national syndication in over 200 markets from January 25 through March 22.
A complete list of winners is as follows:
Artist Of The Year: Tamela Mann, Best Days
Song Of The Year: Kirk Franklin, Take Me To The King – Best Days; Male Vocalist Of The Year: Tye Tribbett; Female Vocalist Of The Year: Tamela Mann; Group/Duo Of The Year: Anthony Brown & Group Therapy; New Artist Of The Year: Tasha Cobbs (Grace); CD Of The Year: Tamela Mann, Best Days; Choir Of The Year: Hezekiah Walker, Azusa: The Next Generation; Producer Of The Year: Fred Hammond & Derek “Dc” Clark, United Tenors; Contemporary Group/Duo Of The Year: Fred Hammond United Tenors, United TenorsHammond Hollister Roberson Wilson
Contemporary Male Vocalist Of The Year: Anthony Brown, Anthony Brown & GroupTherapy; Contemporary Female Vocalist: Tasha Cobbs, Grace; Traditional Female Vocalist: Tamela Mann, Best Days, Tillyman Music
Traditional Male Of The Year: John P. Kee, Life & Favor
Traditional Group/Duo Of The Year: John P. Kee And New Life, Life & Favor; Contemporary CD: Tasha Cobbs, Grace, Emi Gospel (Motown Gospel); Traditional CD: Tamela Mann, Best Days; Urban/Inspirational Single/Performance: Tamela Mann, Take Me To TheKing; Music Video: Brand X, Testimony - Anthony Brown/Group Therapy; Traditional Choir: Hezekiah Walker, Azusa: The Next Generation, RCA Inspiration
Contemporary Choir: Earl Bynum & The Mount Unity Choir
Special Event CD: Hezekiah Walker, Azusa: The Next Generation; Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD: Lecrae, Gravity, Reach Records; Children’s Project: Jekalyn Carr, Greater Is Coming, Lunjeal/Malaco; Fan Favorite Quartet: Doc Mckenzie & The Hi-Lites
Praise And Worship CD: Tamela Mann, Best Days.