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BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp Lead BMI List of 2011 Stellar Nominees

Posted in News on October 26, 2010
BeBe & CeCe Winans
BeBe & CeCe Winans

Nominees for the 2011 Stellar Awards were announced Saturday, October 23, and BMI gospel leaders dominate the list. Perennial favorites BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp earned seven nods each, including Artist of the Year. The Winans’ recognition also includes Group/Duo, Contemporary Group/Duo, Contemporary CD and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year. BeBe and CeCe bother earned individual nods as well: CeCe will vie for Female and Contemporary Female of the Year, while the duo’s “Close to You,” which BeBe wrote, is up for Song of the Year.

In addition to Artist of the Year, Fred Hammond was tapped in Male Vocalist, Producer and Contemporary Male of the Year categories, as well as CD and Contemporary CD of the Year for Love Unstoppable. “They Can Wait,” co-written by Hammond, Calvin Rodgers, Phillip F. Easter, Michael Bethany and Dynna Wells, is also a Song of the Year nominee.

  • Fred Hammond
  • Marvin Sapp

Marvin Sapp added Male Vocalist and Traditional Male to his Artist of the Year nomination, while his Here I Am album is up for CD and Traditional CD of the Year. “The Best in Me,” written and recorded by Sapp, is also nominated for Song and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year.

Three BMI trendsetters will also receive special honors during the anticipated ceremony: Kirk Franklin will be saluted with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award; past BMI Trailblazers of Gospel honoree Vanessa Bell Armstrong will receive the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award; and Donald Lawrence will be celebrated with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is slated for January 15, 2011, and will air in syndication January 22 until March 13, 2011. The Gospel Music Channel will broadcast the ceremony on Saturday, March 6, 2011.

Taped before a live audience, the Stellar Awards are open to the public. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

For more information, visit thestellarawards.com.
 

2011 Stellar Awards
BMI Nominees

Artist of the Year
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Fred Hammond
Marvin Sapp

Song of the Year
“Close to You,” written by BeBe Winans
“They That Wait,” co-written by Fred Hammond, Calvin Rodgers, Phillip F. Easter, Michael Bethany, and Dynna Wells
“The Best in Me,” written by Marvin Sapp

Male Vocalist of the Year
Byron Cage
Fred Hammond
Marvin Sapp

Female Vocalist of the Year
CeCe Winans
Lucinda Moore
Tamela Mann

Group/Duo of the Year
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Forever Jones
The Anointed Pace Sisters

New Artist of the Year
Forever Jones

CD of the Year
Love Unstoppable, Fred Hammond
Here I Am, Marvin Sapp

Choir of the Year
James Hall & Voices of Citadel

Producer of the Year
Aaron Lindsey, Here I Am
Donald Lawrence, The Experience
Fred Hammond, Love Unstoppable
Ayron Lewis, Encore

Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Forever Jones
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Traditional Group/Duo of the Year
The Anointed Pace Sisters
The Christian Angels
The Mighty Clouds of Joy

Contemporary Male of the Year
Byron Cage
Fred Hammond

Traditional Male of the Year
Alvin Darling
Darrell Hines
Marvin Sapp
Marvin Winans

Contemporary Female of the Year
CeCe Winans
Tamela Mann

Traditional Female of the Year
Fredericka Faison
Lucinda Moore
Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Contemporary CD of the Year
Still, BeBe & CeCe Winans
Love Unstoppable, Fred Hammond

Traditional CD of the Year
Won’t it be Wonderful, James Hall & Voices of Citadel
Here I Am, Marvin Sapp
The Experience, Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year
“Close to You,” BeBe & CeCe Winans
“He Wants it All,” Forever Jones
“The Best in Me,” Marvin Sapp

Music Video of the Year
“Close to You,” BeBe & CeCe Winans
“If I Be Lifted Up,” The Anointed Pace Sisters

Traditional Choir of the Year
James Hall & Voices of Citadel

Contemporary Choir of the Year
Myron Butler & Levi

Special Event CD of the Year
Still, BeBe & CeCe Winans
Are You Listening, Kirk Franklin
Coco Brother Live Presents Stand 2010, Various Artists
Wow Gospel 2010, Various Artists

Rap/Hip-Hop Gospel CD of the Year
Outtadisworld, Everyday Process

Quartet of the Year
Rev. F.C. Barnes & Company
The Christian Angels
The Gold Wings Quartet
The Mighty Clouds of Joy

Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
Get Ready, Forever Jones
Here I Am, Marvin Sapp
Still, BeBe & CeCe Winans
Love Unstoppable, Fred Hammond

Praise & Worship CD of the Year
Access Granted, The Anointed Pace Sisters