James Cleveland Award Honors The Legacy of Olanda Draper

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 11th, 2016
Stellar Guide

The 2016 James Cleveland Award will celebrate the heyday of the choirs with a posthumous honor for Olanda Draper.  Draper established himself as a choir inOlanda Drapernovator and together with his group, the Associates (of which Earnest Pugh was once a member)  held a firm grip on the radio and left audiences in awe with their live performances.  The Memphis based aggregation left an indelible impression with such hits as “He Touched Me”, “My Soul Does Magnify the Lord,” “Gotta Feelin,” and  “I’ve Got A Reason.” Among their most memorable performances are numerous pairings with label mate Pastor Shirley Caesar as well as backing the late Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker on her Grammy winning Songs of the Church Live CD.

Ambassador Bobby Jones Award Recipient Joe Ligon

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 11th, 2016
Stellar Guide

Among the special honoMCOJrees at this year’s Stellar Awards will be the reigning King of Quartet, Willie Joe Ligon.  The lead singer and front man for the “Temptations of Gospel” Joe Ligon’s unmistakable voice on Bright Side, We’re Blessed, Ive Been In The Storm Too Long, I’ve Made A Step has distinguished the legendary the Mighty Clouds of Joy and sustained their existence for over 5 decades.  The group was the first Gospel group to appear on Soul Train with their huge crossover hit, Mighty High. With three Grammy Awards, Joe Ligon and the Mighty Clouds take their rightful place among the Gospel greats.

Thomas Dorsey Award Notable Achievement Recipient Dr. Marabeth Gentry

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 11th, 2016
Stellar Guide

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This year, the Stellar Awards will honor the work of Dr. Marabeth Gentry, President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award.  The NCGCC was founded by the father of Gospel music Thomas Dorsey in 1932 and is the oldest African American organization dedicated to singing Gospel music.  Dr. Gentry, a lifelong member of NCGCC and former educator serves as the organization’s third president (and first female president) assuming the leadership mantle after the passing of Bishop Kenneth Moales.

And the Grammy Goes To…

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 10th, 2016

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Grammy night is Monday, February 15th.  Here’s your change to weigh in on your picks for 2016 Read the rest of this entry »

Deborah Byrd In Producer’s Chair for Stellar Award Telecast

Written by: John Burton Jr.

February 10th, 2016
Stellar Guide

 

Its a changing ostellar-awards-logof the guard as Stellar Awards producer Barbara Wilson passes the baton to Deborah Byrd.   Wilson has helmed production efforts for the show since the very first show taped at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater in 1985.  We talked with Barbara Wilson some years back, see our interview here. While taking a step back, Wilson is not going off the scene entirely, she will maintain an active presence with the show as executive consultant.

Deborah Byrd brings many years of experience to the game as she steps into her first main production opportunity.  She has worked behind the scenes managing talent for the Billboard Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Emmy’s, and the American Music Awards. In the last decade, she has worked with the BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, BET Honors and Black Girls Rock! This year’s Stellar Awards takes place on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

 

List of Nominees

Written by: Melanie Pratt

February 9th, 2016
Stellar Guide

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Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2016 Stellar Awards. The Awards will be held on Saturday,
February 20, 2016 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tally sheet looks a little bit like this: Read the rest of this entry »

Orleans Arena

Written by: Melanie Pratt

February 9th, 2016
Stellar Guide

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The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers.

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Stellar Awards 2016 – Sanctioned Activities

Written by: Melanie Pratt

February 9th, 2016
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So there are countless events during Stellar Award week.  Where to get started? The official sanctioned events, of course! Some are ticketed, others invitation only, but this is the list of happenings that the Stellar committee has put it’s stamp on.
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Tina Campbell Wins NAACP Image Award for Gospel

Written by: Melanie Pratt

February 8th, 2016

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The 47th annual NAACP Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, were awarded Friday in Los Angeles, with “Straight Outta Compton” winning best film and “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan winning both entertainer of the year and best actor. “Empire” and “black-ish” won best drama and comedy TV shows, respectively.  In it’s only gospel related category, Tina Campbell, came away with a win: Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Gospel Legend Doris Sykes Passes

Written by: Gregory Gay

February 5th, 2016

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GOSPELflava joins others around the country mourning the loss of Doris Sykes, lead singer for Pastor Maceo Woods’ Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir of Chicago, Illinois.  In a time when sopranos reigned supreme, Sykes had an inimitable style and held her own amongst the likes of Sarah Jordan Powell and  Hulah Gene Dunkin while serving as inspiration to newcomers like Lecresia Campbell, Felicia Coleman Evans and Tina Watson. Read the rest of this entry »