Gospel to mainstream pioneers get four GMAs

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By: Joseph Cunningham

clarke_sisters.jpgThe Clark Sisters, credited for bringing Gospel to mainstream, took home four awards from the 23rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, held recently at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The group won "Artist of the Year," "Group/Duo of the Year," "CD of the Year," and "Traditional Group/Duo of the Year" for their "Live-One Last Time" reunion album.

Meanwhile, co-hosts Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans also won awards. Franklin won "Special Event CD of the Year" for his "Kirk Franklin Presents Songs from the Storm, Volume 1." CeCe was saluted with the "Chevrolet Most Notable Achievement Award."

New comer DeWayne Woods came away with three wins. He won "New Artist of the Year" and "Male Vocalist of the Year" for his "Introducing DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet."

Other winners include The Rance Allen Group with "Quartet of the Year" for their "Closest Friend" album; The Caravans and The Barrett Sisters, who received the "Walgreen Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award." Tramaine Hawkins won the "James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award" for "I Never Lost My Praise."