The Stellar Awards Celebrates 30 Years With Surprise Destiny’s Child Performance
Dubbed the greatest night in Gospel music, the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas turned "Sin City" into "Salvation City." Celebrating 30 years, the Stellar Awards was co-hosted by David & Tamela Mann and Ricky Smiley during the 2-hour taped telecast premiering Easter Sunday on TV One.
The Stellar Awards recognizes the year's best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry.
Opening the show was Michelle Williams, who was joined by Beyonce and Kelly Rowland in a show-stopping reunion that brought the audience to its feet singing her song, "Say Yes," a winner for "Best Music Video of the Year."
Ten-time nominee Erica Campbell took top honors, winning six awards including Artist of the Year, The Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year. She acknowledged her sister, the other half of award-winning duo Mary Mary in her heartfelt remarks.
"Thank you Tina for saying that you needed a break," said Erica. "...Cause I wouldn't have done it ("Help") if you didn't say that."
Ricky Dillard and New G followed Campbell with three wins, and Deitrick Haddon tied with The Walls Group for two trophies apiece. On stage after winning the Male Vocalist of the Year award, Haddon expressed gratitude for being recognized following a difficult time in his life.
"A couple of years ago I messed up so bad I thought I could never inspire anyone again," he shared. "I was ready to quit and God spoke to me - He said, if you humble yourself I'll lift you up to places you're never seen. This award is for people who think it's over for them."
The New Artist of the Year award was presented to Tasha Page-Lockhart, making her first Stellar Awards appearance, performing "Great Is Your Love" and "Faith Come Alive," with fellow first-timers The Walls Group.
Bishop Paul Morton received the Allstate James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and Al "The Bishop" Hobbs, was honored posthumously with Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones’s Legend Award.
Yolanda Adams and Israel Houghton performed "How Awesome Is Our God" celebrating the life of Andrae Crouch who was also honored posthumously with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award for his lifelong contributions to Gospel that have influenced artists from every genre and around the globe.
A partial list of winners is as follows:
Artist Of The Year: Erica Campbell, Help
Song Of The Year: Tiffany Joy Mcghee, Amazing – Amazing (Ricky Dillard & New G)
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Deitrick Haddon, Deitrick Haddon’s Lxw
Albertina Walker Female Vocalist Of The Year: Erica Campbell, Help
Group/Duo Of The Year: The Walls Group, Fast Forward
New Artist Of The Year: Tasha Page-Lockhart, Here Right Now; CD Of The Year: Erica Campbell, Help
Choir Of The Year: Ricky Dillard & New G, Amazing
Producer Of The Year: Warryn Campbell, Help (Erica Campbell), My Block/Eone Music
Contemporary Group/Duo Of The Year: The Walls Group, Fast Forward, Fo Yo Soul Recordings/Rca
Traditional Group/Duo: Lisa Knowles & The Brown Singers, The Evolution Continues, One Voice Media
Contemporary Male Of The Year: Smokie Norful, Forever Yours
Traditional Male Of The Year: Donnie Mcclurkin, Duets; Contemporary Female Of The Year: Erica Campbell, Help
Traditional Female Of The Year: Beverly Crawford, Thank You For All You’ve Done
Contemporary CD Of The Year: Erica Campbell, Help
Traditional CD Of The Year: Ricky Dillard & New G, Amazing
Urban/Inspirational Single Or Performance Of The Year: Erica Campbell, Help Ft. Lecrae
Music Video Of The Year: Matthew Cherry, Say Yes Ft. Beyonce & Kelly Rowland – Journey To Freedom (Michelle Williams)
Traditional Choir Of The Year: Ricky Dillard & New G, Amazing
Contemporary Choir Of The Year: Deitrick Haddon’s Lxw, Deitrick Haddon’s Lxw
Special Event CD Of The Year: Tamela Mann, Best Days Deluxe Edition
Rap Hip Hop Gospel CD: Lecrae, Anomaly
Quartet Of The Year: Lisa Knowles & The Brown Singers, The Evolution Continues
Praise And Worship CD: William Mcdowell, Withholding Nothing