BMI honored the best in gospel music at its second annual “Trailblazers of Gospel Music” luncheon on January 12 at Justin’s in Atlanta. Hosted by BMI Writer/Publisher Relations representatives Catherine Brewton (Atlanta) and Thomas Cain and Joyce Rice (Nashville), this special event was held in conjunction with the 16th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which were staged the following day at the Atlanta Civic Center.
Catherine Brewton, Natalie Wilson of SOP Chorale, Freddie Jerkins, Jr., Freddie Jerkins, Sr., and Teddy Bishop
This year’s honorees were BMI songwriter/artists Yolanda Adams, nominated for six Stellar Awards; Vickie Winans, who co-hosted the Stellar Awards ceremony; John P. Kee; Donnie McClurkin; and Dottie Peoples. Each honoree received a Trailblazer Award plaque in recognition of their outstanding achievements in gospel music.
Dottie Peoples and Thomas Cain
At the Stellar Awards, Yolanda Adams was victorious in five categories: Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year (Mountain High...Valley Low), Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year, and Music Video of the Year ("Open My Heart"). Fred Hammond was named Producer of the Year and Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year. Traditional Female Vocalist honors went to Brenda Waters.
Rev. Jones, Michael Guido, Joyce Rice, Stacy Jones and Teron Carter of Grits, Thomas Cain
Kim Burrell, Dorothy Norwood, Tina Atkins of Mary Mary, Albertina Walker, Vickie Winans, Dottie Peoples and Erica Atkins of Mary Mary
Thomas Cain, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Catherine Brewton
Donnie McClurkin, Catherine Brewtobn, Dottie Peoples, Thomas Cain
Nicole Wilson of SOP Chorale, Joyce Rice, Freddie Jerkins, Jr., Thomas Cain, Kim Burrell, Catherine Brewton
LaShawn Daniels, Little Freddie Jerkins, and Rodney Jerkins perform with support from the SOP Chorale
Trint-I-Tee 5:7's Angel Taylor, Chanelle Haynes and Adrian Anderson surround Dottie Peoples
Erica Atkins of Mary mary, Vickie Winans, Tina Atkins of Mary Mary, Catherine Brewton
Juan Winans, Michael Winans, LaShawn Daniels, Kim Burrell, Carvins Winans and Catherine Brewton
photos by Shelia Turner