Now comes official word from Central City Productions that the Stellar Music Awards will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, the 2015 awards show will be held on March 28th moving from its original January date. The venue for the event is the Orleans Arena. For additional details, check out the Stellar Awards official website.
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Nashville, TN was on fire as the 29th Annual Stellar Awards came into time. This year’s award show was hosted by two comedians who truly love GOD. The View’s, Sherri Shepherd, and Rickey Smiley from The Rickey Smiley Morning Show had the crowd in stitches the entire evening. The night kicked off with Bishop Hezekiah Walker singing, “Every Praise”. The song is still the #1 song at Gospel Radio and the crowds reaction to it explained why. The entire room stood as one big choir and lifted their voice in praise unto GOD. The show was being broadcast live on upTV and the praise in the room was high. In between commercial breaks Comedian Jonathan Slocumb kept the crowd entertained and warmed up. Central City Productions might want to consider doing a behind the scene of the show as some of the funniest moments happened when the cameras weren’t on. The first award of the night was given to Tye Tribbett for Male Vocalist of the Year. After such a big debut of his latest album “Greater Than”, and the smash single, “If He Did It Before”, this award was well deserved.
Next up there was an all female lineup that included Lexi, Erica Campbell, LaTice Crawford, and JeKalyn Carr. Lexi started it off singing her two step theme song, “Abide”, and Latice Crawford followed behind with some hot new music. The little vocal powerhouse JeKalyn Carr set the house on fire with her song, “Greater Is Come”. Many marveled at how much vocal power and anointing the young lady had. Perhaps if she had more time, we probably would have went over time as the anointing fell thick. Lastly Erica Campbell took is in with some down home Gospel singing her song, “A Little More Jesus”. Erica’s sister Tina was her biggest fan in the audience cheering her on. In between commercial breaks the crowd got a chance to see a sneak peak of the new season of Mary Mary which premiers on February 27th.
Actress Kimberly Elise presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Pastor Joel Osteen appeared via video and sent his congrats to the Bishop. Next the now Stellar Award Winning Anthony Brown and Group Therapy took to the stage to sing his song, “Testimony”. The entire room went into a frenzy when the group added vocal inflections to their hit song. I just happened to be sitting near Anthony’s mother who had the biggest smile on her face as she watched her son minister in song on this national stage.
Now the Stellar Awards would not be complete without a performance from the First Lady of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar. Looking beautiful and never aging Pastor Shirley Caesar sang her song, “God Will Make A Way”. Next Melinda Doolittle and Jason and Jonathan Nelson presented Tasha Cobbs with the UNCF award for “New Artist Of The Year”. Despite their being a mixup of the envelopes, Cobbs graciously accepted the award and thanked her parents. This proved to be bittersweet as when she returned home from the Awards, her Father suddenly passed away.
There was a special tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela. Kirk Franklin who performed at Mandela’s memorial service talked about this great South Africa leader and how honored he was to be there. Jennifer Holiday, The Original Dreamgirl sang a special song in tribute, delivering a song only the way she can.
Sister Bernice Jenkins made a special appearance to this year’s show and read this years church announcements. Tamela Mann was presented the Albertina Walker Female Vocalist Of The Year by Kierra Sheard who won the award previously and past Stellar Nominee Anita Wilson. Next Donald Lawrence and Company took to the stage doing choreography to their single, “The Gift”. The Tankards from Bravo’s, “Thicker Than Water”, presented Bishop Hezekiah Walker with “Choir Of The Year”. After a successful debut of Azusa: The Next Generation no one was surprised Bishop received this honor.
Isaac Carree gave a unique performance of his song, “Clean This House”. The performance started off with a video that set up the theme of the song. In the video Carree sat a conference table with this legal team. The team brought up some of the issues the song talks about. Next Carree was on stage in a press conference style setting, setting the record straight through song. Carree’s performance will go down in the Stellar history books as one of the most unique live performances.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was presented with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. This was a well deserved award as Congresswoman Lee works tirelessly for the Gospel music industry in Washington, DC. She was the driving force behind making September: Gospel Music Heritage Month.
For All the quartet fans there was a special performance featuring The Wardlaw Brothers, The Canton Spirituals , and The Gospel Legends. Dr. Bobby Jones presented Reverend Maceo Woods with the Bobby Jones Legends Awards. Erica Campbell and Tye Tribett presented Anthony Brown and Group TherAPY the award for “Group/DUO of the Year”. Anthony thanked his team and his parents who went into a Baptist fit when his name was called.
When Tasha Cobbs took the stage to sing her hit “Break Every Chain” the atmosphere was immediately charged. Cobbs took the stage and the power of GOD fell strongly in the room. The Ford “Song Of The Year” was presented to Kirk Franklin for writing Tamela Mann’s smash hit, “Take Me To The King”.
VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan McReynolds, Zacardi Cortez, and Jonathan Nelson took to the stage singing a medley of their hits. And Lastly Tamela Mann was presented the award for “Artist Of The Year”. A tearful Tamela took to the stage thanking her family and longtime friend Kirk Franklin and all who believed in and pushed her.
“Byron Cage is a genuine statesman of Gospel music,” says Pastor Jenkins. “He is an anointed artist and most importantly he is dedicated to God, his people and The Church of Jesus Christ. When this opportunity came to me it was a natural fit for our company.
He is a globally revered psalmist, one of the body of Christ’s marquee worship leaders, and a proven voice committed to leading the world in worship to our God while serving beyond the stage. Our team is ecstatic to welcome him as we look forward to serving God’s people together.”
Carlton Jenkins, Vice President of Inspired People Music, says: “We experienced a tremendous amount of success with our Fellowship Chicago project, and it has established the benchmark for what we aim to achieve with every Inspired People project – uplift and inspire the church and the world with God’s message.”
“We are excited to bring Byron Cage into our musical family because it is a partnership that we know will continue to fulfill this vision.”
Larry Blackwell, General Manager and Vice President of Motown Gospel, says:
“Motown Gospel is thrilled to join Pastor Charles Jenkins in welcoming Byron Cage to the Inspired People Music/Motown Gospel family. We’re elated to embrace Byron’s uniquely gifted talents and award winning pedigree to our collective, dynamic array of artists.”
Tracey Artis, CEO of I Hear Music, Inc. and Byron Cage’s manager says:
“I have worked with Pastor Charles Jenkins very closely over the past few years, and I have worked with Byron for more than 25 years. I know that they both have a deep commitment to music, the industry, and moreover, to God, so I thought this would be a great partnership.”
Byron Cage says:
“I am extremely proud of Pastor Charles Jenkins. He is a phenomenal leader in the body of Christ, a people’s pastor whose heart for ministry spills over into everything he does. I believe this is why his music ministry has been so blessed. And I believe this is why his business ventures are so blessed.
Pastor Jenkins has a vision that is firmly planted in God’s Word. I am honored to be part of the Inspired People family, and look forward to breaking boundaries together.”
As part of its Centennial celebration, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Gospel Music during Stellar Award weekend at the 5th annual ASCAP Presents: Morning Glory breakfast. While recognizing the 2014 Stellar nominees, the breakfast will also pay tribute to Grammy Award-winning artist Edwin Hawkins with the Gospel Icon Award, and Tye Tribbett and Warryn Campbell with the newly-established Spirit of Song Award.
“We are so excited to honor an amazing group of artists as part of the Morning Glory breakfast. They have made remarkable achievements in music and have inspired so many,” states Nicole George-Middleton, ASCAP VP, Rhythm & Soul/Urban. “Artists like Edwin Hawkins, Tye Tribbett and Warryn Campbell have produced a legacy that will live on and continue to shape music.”
Making its repeat appearance during Stellar Award week is Toya Beasley’s SistaFriendz Stellar Women of Gospel Awards, celebrating the contributions of female professionals who work “behind-the-scenes” to help bring Gospel Music to the world.
This year, the event will honor Monica Bacon, Founder and President of Sovereign Agency; Dr. Teresa Hairston, Founder and Chair of the Gospel Heritage Foundation; Tomeka B. Holyfield, President and CEO of RCM Media Productions and The HELPPPP Agency; Karen Jackson, Director of Marketing and Artist Development for Motown Gospel; and Gwendolyn Quinn, Founder and President of Gwendolyn Quinn.
Beasley had this to say about the event, “There are an incredible number of exceptional women who are un-sung heroes in the Gospel Music industry, and we produce the only event of its kind where they are honored and celebrated.”
BMI announced today that the 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon will honor Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood. The event will take place on Friday January 17th in Nashville during the annual Stellar Awards Weekend festivities.
BMI is currently enjoying the success of the release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD. Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon, the CD features performances from Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard. The album can be purchased now at iTunes and Amazon.
Voting season has begun as the first round ballot was released for the 29th Annual Stellar Awards. Twenty-six categories make up this year’s ballot with a few modifications. The Quartet of the Year category was eliminated and replaced with a fan favorite Quartet selected by the general public (see news here). The 29th Annual Stellar Awards will take place on January 18th, 2014 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
Although Quartets are a staple in the gospel music industry, the Stellar Awards criteria does not facilitate nationwide inclusion. Therefore, the category would be eliminated. However, because of the importance of quartets, the Stellar Awards Executive Board and Nominating Committee voted to have a separate Fan Favorite Quartet category, consisting of quartet projects released during our eligibility period. The Stellar Nominating Committee identified the quartets that will appear on the initial ballot and this initial list includes those quartets that were qualified to meet the initial Stellar Awards criteria.
The first Fan Favorite Quartet ballot will be available online at www.thestellarawards.com from October 25, 2013 – November 8, 2013. The top vote-getters from that ballot will move on to a second and final ballot, which will be voted on from November 15th to November 29th. The top four vote-getters from the second ballot will become the Fan Favorite Quartet Nominees and the winner will be announced during the Stellar Awards Pre-Show in Nashville on Friday, January 17, 2014.
Stellar Awards is moving to a new location In NASHVILLE, Tenn. The date is January 18, 2014. The new location is:
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
417 Fourth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201
The Sanctioned Stellar Award Events Include:
Friday, January 17th – Stellar Awards Preshow
Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
505 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN 37219
Saturday, January 18th – Stellar Gospel Radio Station and Announcer Awards
Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
505 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN 37219
The show will be produced live on UPLIFTING Entertainment on January 18, 2014 and will air in national syndication starting January 25th – March 2, 2014.
Congratulations to Gospel duo Mary Mary on winning two NAACP Image Awards (Best Duo/Best Gospel Album) on Friday February 1,2013 in Los Angeles. The duo is continuing on their winning streak after winning 5 Stellar Awards, and now preparing to head to the Grammy Awards where they are nominated for two awards. The Grammy Awards airs this Sunday February 10, 2012 at 8pm EST on CBS.
*Just a note to our viewers, the GOSPEL categories are announced during the pre-show which airs on http://www.grammy.com/