|Charles Jenkins, Mary Mary top 2013 Stellar Awards|
|Written by Eric Tiansay|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:33 AM EST|
Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago and Mary Mary were the most awarded artists, each topping five categories at the 28th Annual Stellar Awards, with Marvin Sapp close behind with four wins. Celebrating gospel music at its best, the Stellar Awards were hosted by Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary on Jan. 19 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, and were broadcast live on the Gospel Music Channel.
Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago won Song of the Year for "Awesome" (The Best of Both Worlds); Traditional Choir of the Year; and Choir of the Year, and took home two awards for The Best of Both Worlds (Inspired People): CD of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.
Sister duo Mary Mary was named Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year and Group/Duo of the Year, and won two awards for Go Get It (Columbia Records/Provident): Contemporary CD of the Year and Special Event CD of the Year. The duo also won Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year for the title track, "Go Get It."
Sapp was named Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Traditional Male of the Year, and took home Traditional CD of the Year for I Win (Verity Records/Provident).
Other honorees included Kierra Sheard, Albertina Walker, Female Vocalist of the Year; Le'Andria Johnson, New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female of the Year; Fred Hammond, Contemporary Male of the Year; and The Williams Brothers, Traditional Group/Duo of the Year and Quartet of the Year.
Special honorees were also named: Bishop T.D Jakes, Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award; the late Inez Andrews, Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award; and Kurt Carr, James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.