Danielle’s Stellar Award Review (from the audience’s perspective)
Thousands of gospel music lovers filled Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House for the 27th Annual Stellar Awards. Hosted by industry legends Dorinda Clark-Cole and Marvin Sapp, the audience experienced a show that was both entertaining and anointed.
The crowd was “all teeth” as Kirk Franklin kicked off the program with a show-stopping performance of his hit songs I Smile and God like you. The presence of the Lord seemed to reach another level when Earnest Pugh sung I need your glory and William McDowell ministered with I give myself away.
Issac Carey, Zacardi Cortez, Sheila Lakin, and Lowell Pye rocked the house during their musical tribute to gospel music icon Pastor John P. Kee. They performed some of Kee’s infamous hits including Show Up, Jesus is Real and Standing in the need of prayer.
As a lady, I must say the set that featured the melodic collaboration of Kim Burrell, Martha Munizzi, Season 3 Sunday Best winner LeAndria Johnson, and Season two Sunday Best runner- up Jessica Reedy was the epitome of Stellar. Each of the female artists brought their own sound to the performance and they meshed perfectly. Whoever said women couldn’t get along was wrong.
However, in my opinion, one of the most memorable moments of the night is when Lecrae, Canton Jones, and Da’ Truth performed together. These three kings of holy hip hop captivated the audience with not only their catchy tunes, but with their words of truth and compassion. By the looks of the crowd participation, it’s obvious that the church is being more receptive to this style of worship.
Another major highlight of the evening was when Kirk Franklin won Song of the year, but gave his award to Nobody Greater songwriter Darius Paulk.
In conclusion, I want to congratulate all of the winners and nominees of this year’s Stellar Awards. But, I must say kudos to my big brother, Claude Deuce, Santiago, Tammy Williams, and the My Destiny Place family for being nominated for Children’s Project of the year.
God is doing great things in the gospel industry and the best is yet to come!
Danielle Harris, a native of Augusta, Ga., is the founder and CEO of Sanctified Diva, Inc., a mentoring program for women. She defines Sanctified Diva as a woman of God who is D-ivinely I-ntuned and V-ictoriously A-ssured (DIVA). She is the host of the television show “Danielle’s Playlist” as well as the co-host of the “Life With Gina Show” which both air on Comcast Channel 4 in Augusta. Danielle has spoken at Singles conferences and she has conducted workshops as well as seminars on the topic of building healthy relationships. She obtained a master’s degree in educational leadership as well as a bachelor’s degree in communications from Augusta State University.