While artists are usually the focal vocal point of most of the group’s visible activities, those who work behind the scenes were brought out to the forefront to be recognized. The honorees included the top key leaders of virtually every component of the gospel music industry.
The visionary behind the awards show was Dr. Bobby Jones, producer and host of the new Bobby Jones: Next Generation series on GMC, which premiered June 1. Jones conceived of the awards because he felt it was time to recognize those who do so much for the music industry.
In addition to Humbard, the honorees selected for this first-ever award included:
James “Jazzy” Jordon, Zomba Music
Don Jackson, The Stellar Awards (Central City Productions)
Susan Austin, The Sheridan Gospel Radio Network
Lewis Gibbs, The Word Television Network
Edwin Hawkins, Gospel Music Arts & Music Seminar
Walter Hawkins, Gospel Music Arts & Music Seminar
John Styll, Gospel Music Association (The Dove Awards)
Sheilah Belle, The Belle Report
Bryant Scott, Tyscot Music Group
Dr. Mack King Carter, Mt Olive Baptist Church, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Bishop Victor Curry, New Birth Baptist Church, Miami, FL
Al “The Bishop” Hobbs, Gospel Music Workshop of America
Special guest performances were given by Jones, Byron Cage, Demita Haddon, Deitrick Haddon, 21:03, Sunday Best’s Crystal Aikens, George Huff, Melvin Williams and Marvin Sapp.
Gospel Music Channel (http://www.gospelmusicchannel