Marvin Sapp was the big winner at Saturday night’s 26th annual Stellar Awards ceremony.
Marvin Sapp was the big winner at Saturday night’s 26th annual Stellar Awards ceremony, adding four more of the trophies to his collection.
Marvin won the Artist of the Year, Traditional Male of the Year, CD of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year awards; however, his celebration was tempered by the absence of his wife, MaLinda, who recently passed away.
“It’s great to be honored by your peers, and you do your best to give honor and glory to God, but it’s bittersweet with my wife not here with me,” Sapp said.
Donnie McClurkin, who joined Sapp in singing the hit “Never Would Have Made It,” dedicated the night to MaLinda.
The star-studded event attracted more than just those affiliated with the gospel music industry. Actress Meagan Good walked the red carpet. Omari Hardwick attended and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was present to proclaim September national Gospel Music Heritage month.
Winners in other major categories include:
Song of the Year:
BeBe Winans, “Close to You”
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Byron Cage, “Faithful to Believe”
Female Vocalist of the Year:
Karen Clark Sheard, “All in One”
Group/Duo of the Year:
James Fortune & Fiya, “Encore”
New Artist of the Year:
Kristina Halloway, “Free”
Choir of the Year:
Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, “He’s Been Good”
The awards show will air in March. Check your local listings for broadcast dates.
-Tracy L. Scott