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Local pastor and National Gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp is nominated for seven 2011 Stellar Awards.


Nominees for the annual gospel music honors were announced at a weekend press conference in Nashville, where ceremonies will be held in January.

Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church on Burton St. SE, is among the overall nomination leaders for 2011 Stellars, considered the top awards in the gospel music industry.


On the strength of his “Here I Am” CD and its No. 1 hit “The Best In Me,” Sapp has nods as the gospel industry’s top artist, male vocalist and traditional male artist.       


His album, released last February, is nominated for both overall CD and traditional CD of the year.


“The Best In Me” scored nominations for song and performance of the year.


Aaron Lindsay, producer of Sapp’s CD, also has a nomination.


Only the gospel group James Fortune & Fiya has more nominations, with eight. Receiving seven nominations along with Sapp were the duo of Bebe & Cece Winans, and Fred Hammond.


Sapp, 43, performed at Howard University in Washington DC Sunday night and was not immediately available for comment.


Sapp did not win any Stellars earlier this year, but won in seven categories in 2009 on the heels of his previous CD, “Thirsty.”


Gospel singer and pastor Donnie McClurkin will host the 26th annual Stellar Awards on January 15, 2011 in the Grand Ole Opry. McClurkin was one of several nationally-renowned artists who sang last month at the “Homegoing Service” of Sapp’s wife, Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp, held at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville.

MaLinda died of cancer Sept. 9.

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