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Everyone wants to know what takes place behind the scenes and backstage every year as the Stellar Awards gets underway. Just know there’s lots of lights, cameras and tons of action.

The 26th Annual Stellar Awards took place in the famed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN just this past weekend and as many of us are finally settled back in our home towns, there’s much to reminisce about from this year’s show. Featuring top notch performances from the likes of gospel greats J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Beverly Crawford, VaShawn Mitchell, The Rance Allen Group and others, the night was full of surprises.

The evening’s top artists walked away with the golden statue including gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans, winner of four Stellar Awards including one for Song of the Year on their hit “Close to You”)and Marvin Sapp who snatched up the Artist of the Year title for a total of four 2011 Stellar Awards. Predictable? Maybe. Well-deserved. Indeed.

With special honors and all-star vocal deliveries from fellow artists proved to be yet another highlight as special salutes were given to Donald Lawrence with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award, Kirk Franklin with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award and Vanessa Bell Armstrong with the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award.

With all of that and more happening onstage, there’s no telling why folks want to see what’s going on behind the cameras. Here’s a special photo gallery featuring a few key sights to be seen along the way just hours before the big show gets moving. Be sure to catch the entire show on the featured broadcast from the GMC (Gospel Music Channel) scheduled to air on Saturday, March 5th at 8:00PM EST. Gospel’s most glamorous and highly anticipated night will also air in syndication from January 22nd – March 13th so don’t forget to check your local listings to find out specifics about your city’s official airdate.


More from the Urban Soul Cafe – Access Granted 2011:

VaShawn Mitchell – Live (Video)

Ohio’s Own Isaac Simpson & DP – Live (Video)

Introducing Vadia & Myesha Chaney – Live (Video)

View Additional Coverage from the 2011 Stellar Awards:

The Official Stellar Awards Website

BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Recipients Announced

Official 2011 Stellar Awards Nominee List

How Sweet the Sound Preps Choir Boot Camp for Stellars

Ohio Makes Stellar Awards Nominee Ballot Twice in a Row