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Stellar Award Winners Announced, Big Night For Anthony Brown

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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Gospel’s biggest nigAJBwinsht did not disappoint as the 31st Annual Stellar Awards returned to the city of Las Vegas to celebrate Gospel music and the people who make it.  Anthony Brown and group therAPy made Stellar Award history as the Tyscot recording artists took home statues in the 10 categories they were nominated in.  Other multiple winners included Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, the Rance Allen Group, Tasha Cobbs and Tina Campbell.  One of the most memorable moments was the James Cleveland Award tribute to the late Olanda Draper featuring a reunion of his beloved choir the Associates coupled with fellow Brat Pack members Ricky Dillard, Donald Lawrence and Hezekiah Walker.  The 2 hour telecast will make its debut on Sunday, March 6 on TV One and then begin its syndicated run in 125 markets between March 12 and April 10th.  .  A full list of the winners is found below.

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Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley Host Gospel’s Biggest Night

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
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Smiley ShepherdThe Stellar Awards, dubbed the biggest night in Gospel music will make a triumphant return to Las Vegas Nevada in the Orleans Arena on February 20th. Also making a return for hosting duties are comedian Rickey Smiley and actress/daytime talk show host Sherri Shepherd.  The Stellar Awards will make its broadcast premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, before entering syndication reaching 150 stations in 125 markets between March and April. (more…)

New Inductees Into The Stellar Awards Honors Club

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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In 2015, Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson introduced the Stellar Awards Honors paying tribute to individuals who have been trailblazers and trendsetters in Gospel music.  The inaugural honorees included Pastor Shirley Caesar, Byron Cage, Clifton Davis, Kirk Franklin, Vickie Winans, Dottie Peoples, Ricky Dillard, Vicki Mack Lataillade, Dr. Leonard Scott and Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones. (more…)

Deborah Byrd In Producer’s Chair for Stellar Award Telecast

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
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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.

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Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley Return As Hosts of Stellar Awards

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Smiley ShepherdThe Stellar Awards, dubbed the biggest night in Gospel music will make a triumphant return to Las Vegas Nevada in the Orleans Arena on February 20th. Also making a return for hosting duties are comedian Rickey Smiley and actress/daytime talk show host Sherri Shepherd.  The Stellar Awards will make its broadcast premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, before entering syndication reaching 150 stations in 125 markets between March and April.

“I am pleased that God has blessed us with celebrating 31 years as the most respected awards brand in gospel music and in the faith-based community,” says Don Jackson, founder and executive producer of the Stellar Awards. “We will honor those who have contributed to the growth and success of gospel music as a genre, as well as demonstrate why this art form remains critical to the legacy of American music.”
In this year’s special honors categories, commendations will be given by Stellar Awards founder and Central City Productions CEO Don Jackson to Yolanda Adams and  comedian Jonathan Slocumb, the late O’landa Draper will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ambassador Bobby Jones Legends Award will be presented to the Mighty Clouds of Joy front man, the inimitable Joe Ligon.

Performers for this year include Kirk Franklin, Anthony Brown & Group therAPy, Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and Best New Artist nominee Casey J.

 

Summary of 2016 Stellar Awards Top Nominees:
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy — 10 Total Nominations
Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago — 8 Total Nominations
Erica Campbell — 8 Total Nominations
Tasha Cobbs — 6 Total Nominations
Richard Smallwood — 5 Total Nominations
Israel & New Breed — 4 Total Nominations
Jonathan McReynolds — 4 Total Nominations
Casey J — 3 Total Nominations
Tina Campbell — 3 Total Nominations
Dorinda Clark Cole — 3 Nominations
The Rance Allen Group — 3 Nominations

Habakkuk Music Partners With Central City for Stellar CD

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Habakkuk StellarAlbumMusic in partnership with Central City Productions will release a commemorative compilation album celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The very special collector’s edition disc will be comprised of performances by fifteen of the most legendary names to grace the Stellar Awards stage.  The CD hits stores and digital outlets on March 31st.

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Stellar Awards Relocate to Las Vegas

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Now comes official word frvashawn_mitchell2012-stellars-wideom 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.

29th Annual Stellar Awards Nominees Announced

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The nominees for the final ballot of the  2014 Stellar Awards were announced today by Don Jackson.  Tasha Cobbs, Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and Tye Tribbett garner multiple nods in various categories including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year and Producer of the Year.  Bishop Paul Morton, Jekalyn Carr and Twinkie Clark  also received multiple nominations.  Listed below is the full list  covering 28 categories including the newly added Fan Favorite Quartet : (more…)

First Round Ballot Released For Stellar Awards

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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 modificstellar-awards-logoations.  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.

Stellar Awards Eliminate Quartet of the Year, Introduce Fan Favorite Quartet Category

Friday, October 18th, 2013

stellar-awardsThe Stellar awards released the following information via their website on Friday, October 18th
Stellar Awards Fan Favorite Quartet of the Year

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.