Kirk Franklin Makes Splash at Stellar Gospel Music Awards


Kirk Franklin and Nikki Laoye on stage in 2009 by Pastorflex is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

AP Wire Service

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kirk Franklin made a splash at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

The singer took home six trophies during the 35th annual awards on Sunday night. The two-hour virtual ceremony honored late civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Lewis along with a musical tribute to CeCe Winans.

The awards also paid homage to first responder heroes who were on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to his “Long Live Love” album, Franklin collected male vocalist, album, producer, contemporary male vocalist and contemporary album of the year honors. He also won music video of the year for “Love Theory”.

Franklin returned to host the awards with Jonathan Reynolds and Koryn Hawthorne. The ceremony was set to air on BET and BET Her.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard won the show’s top award as best artist. She also took home contemporary female vocalist of the year through her album “Heart. Passion. Pursuit”.

Donald Lawrence’s “Deliver Me (This is My Exodus)” was named song of the year. The best new artist went to Pastor Mike Jr.

Some of the performers include Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, James Fortune, Tye Tribbett and Anthony Brown.

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