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2014 Stellar Awards nominees : DC's Anthony Brown & Group Therapy earn 8 nods

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The nominees for the 29th Annual Stellar awards were announced today. The January 18 show will broadcast live on Up TV from Nashville's Municipal Auditorium where the top artists in the field of gospel music will be announced in 28 categories. A portion of the awards will be announced in a pre-show on January 17 at TPAC, the Tennessee Center for the Performing Arts.

With the announcement of 8 nominations, DC-area favorite Anthony Brown and Group Therapy are wrapping up a year of big statements. The gospel industry newcomers started 2013 off getting buzz for their colorful performance on BET's Celebration of Gospel, rose up the charts and captivated the Essence Music Festival audience during a tribute to Donnie McClurkin. The nominations are for the freshman release that yielded the hit single of the same title, "Testimony." Nominations include "Song of the Year," "Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year," and "Contemporary CD of the Year." Brown was also nominated in the "Male Vocalist of the Year" category.

Joining them at the top of the nominee list, Ty Tribbett's "Greater Than" tied "Testimony" for the most recognition with eight nominations for "Artist of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," "CD of the Year," "Producer of the Year," "Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year," "Contemporary CD of the Year," "Urban/ Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year," and "Praise and Worship CD of the Year."

Other artists to receive multiple nominations include Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs with seven nominations each and going head-to-head in the hotly-contested "Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year" and "CD of the Year" categories; gospel great Fred Hammond United Tenors with six nominations, including "Contemporary CD of the Year" and "Group/Duo of the Year"; and also vying for "Group/Duo of the Year" honors, contender
John P. Kee & Life receives four additional nods for the CD "Life of Favor."

Hailed as "gospel music's biggest night," this year's Stellar Gospel Music Awards features live performances by Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Shirley Ceasar, Erica Campbell, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Isaac Carree, The Winans Brothers, and Tasha Cobbs among others.

2014 Stellar Awards host
Rickey Smiley
(Photo Credit: rickeysmiley360.com)
"I am once again humbled by the continued growth of the Stellar Awards, which this year lead us to move to a bigger venue - double the size of the Grand Ole Opry," says Don Jackson, founder & executive producer of the Stellar Awards. "The time, talent and commitment exhibited by the artists continues to make our sold out live show a must see event. I am thankful to the Gospel Music Community for all their support."

In addition to recognizing the year's most outstanding contributions in gospel music, The Stellar Awards also bestow special honors upon Hezekiah Walker,
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Pastor Maceo Woods as previously reported.

Vicki Winans will present the Lifetime Achievement award to Walker highlighting his impressive career in gospel music; Kirk Franklin will present the Most Notable Achievement Award to Congresswoman Lee recognizing the leadership role she played in Congress passing the bill naming the month of September Gospel Music Heritage Month; and Dr. Bobby Jones will present the Legends Award to Pastor Maceo Woods.

The live taping at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium is open to the public and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Ticket prices range from $55 - $200. Balcony seats are available for students for $35. In addition to the awards ceremony, there are a number of ancillary activities that celebrate and recognize outstanding achievement in the genre which are open to the public, including the Stellar Awards Pre-Show on Friday, January 17 at 7 pm and the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards and Showcase on Saturday, January 18 at 11 am.

Congratulations to all the nominees:

Category #1
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON, BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC

TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

Category #2
SONG OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN, TESTIMONY – ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENTDONALD LAWRENCE, YOUR BEST DAYS YET – BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

KIRK FRANKLIN, TAKE ME TO THE KING – BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
WILLIAMS REAGAN, BREAK EVERY CHAIN – GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)

Category #3
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON, BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JONATHAN NELSON, FINISH STRONG, KAREW RECORDS
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL
VASHAWN MITCHELL, CREATED4THIS, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)

CATEGORY #4
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
SHIRLEY CAESAR, GOOD GOD, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TWINKIE CLARK, TWINKIE CLARK LIVE & UNPLUGGED, LARRY CLARK GOSPEL, LLC

CATEGORY #5
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
ISRAEL AND NEW BREED, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY
JOHN P. KEE AND NEW LIFE, LIFE & FAVOR, KEE MUSIC GROUP

CATEGORY #6
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ALEXIS SPIGHT, L.O.L. (LIVING OUT LOUD), MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
JEKALYN CARR, GREATER IS COMING, LUNJEAL/MALACO
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)

CATEGORY #7
CD OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #8
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
EARL BYNUM & THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR, BISHOP K.W. BROWN PRESENTS EARL BYNUM & THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR, K.W. BROWN MINISTRIES
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA: THE NEXT GENERATION, RCA INSPIRATION
SHEKINAH GLORY MINISTRY, SURRENDER, KINGDOM RECORDS, INC.
THE FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY OF WORSHIP, ONE SOUND, TEHILLAH/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

CATEGORY #9
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
JUSTIN SAVAGE, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND & DEREK “DC” CLARK, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
MYRON BUTLER & KIRK FRANKLIN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TYE TRIBBETT & BRANDON JONES, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #10
CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
ISRAEL AND NEW BREED, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY
VINCENT THARPE & KENOSIS, LIVE IN MEMPHIS, EPM MUSIC GROUP/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

CATEGORY #11
TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
JOHN P. KEE AND NEW LIFE, LIFE & FAVOR, KEE MUSIC GROUP
KURT CARR & THE KURT CARR SINGERS, BLESS THIS HOUSE, RCA INSPIRATION
THE GOSPEL LEGENDS, PIECES OF LIFE, HUMILITY MUSIC
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, AMAZING GRACE, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

CATEGORY #12
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL
VASHAWN MITCHELL, CREATED4THIS, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)

CATEGORY #13
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON, BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JOHN P. KEE, LIFE & FAVOR, KEE MUSIC GROUP
RANCE ALLEN, AMAZING GRACE, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
WILLIAM MURPHY, GOD CHASER, RCA INSPIRATION

CATEGORY #14
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ALEXIS SPIGHT, L.O.L. (LIVING OUT LOUD), MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, THE EXPERIENCE, MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
VICKI YOHE, FREE WORSHIPPER, SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT

CATEGORY #15
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
JEKALYN CARR, GREATER IS COMING, LUNJEAL/MALACO
SHIRLEY CAESAR, GOOD GOD, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TWINKIE CLARK, TWINKIE CLARK LIVE & UNPLUGGED, LARRY CLARK GOSPEL, LLC

CATEGORY #16
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #17
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON, BEST DAYS YET, TEHILLAH MUSIC/LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA: THE NEXT GENERATION, RCA INSPIRATION
JOHN P. KEE, LIFE & FAVOR, KEE MUSIC GROUP
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC

CATEGORY #18
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TESTIMONY - ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
FRED HAMMOND UNITED TENORS, HERE IN OUR PRAISE - UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
TAMELA MANN, TAKE ME TO THE KING - BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TYE TRIBBETT, IF HE DID IT BEFORE…SAME GOD - GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #19
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BRAND X, TESTIMONY - ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
PAJAM, GOD’S GOT IT – V4: THE OTHER SIDE OF VICTORY, PAJAM/RCA INSPIRATION
BOBBY YAN, TURNING AROUND FOR ME – CREATED4THIS, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
RUSSELL HALL, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY

CATEGORY #20
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA: THE NEXT GENERATION, RCA INSPIRATION
JOHN P. KEE, LIFE & FAVOR, KEE MUSIC GROUP
SHEKINAH GLORY MINISTRY, SURRENDER, KINGDOM RECORDS, INC.
THE FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY OF WORSHIP, ONE SOUND, TEHILLAH/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

CATEGORY #21
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
DEXTER WALKER & ZION MOVEMENT, GREATER THAN BEFORE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND/EONE MUSIC
EARL BYNUM & THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR, BISHOP K.W. BROWN PRESENTS EARL BYNUM & THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR, K.W. BROWN MINISTRIES
HART RAMSEY & THE NCC FAMILY CHOIR, NEXT NOW!, PRAYER CLOSET/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
LARRY CALLAHAN & SELECTED OF GOD, THE EVOLUTION II, SING 2 PRAISE RECORDS

CATEGORY #23
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA: THE NEXT GENERATION, RCA INSPIRATION
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, AMAZING GRACE, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
TWINKIE CLARK, TWINKIE CLARK LIVE & UNPLUGGED, LARRY CLARK GOSPEL, LLC
VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2013, RCA INSPIRATION

CATEGORY #24
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
BIZZLE, THE GOOD FIGHT, GOD OVER MONEY RECORDS
DEREK MINOR, MINORVILLE, REACH RECORDS
LECRAE, GRAVITY, REACH RECORDS
THI’SL, FREE FROM THE TRAP, FULL RIDE MUSIC GROUP, LLC

CATEGORY #25
CHILDRENS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
JEKALYN CARR, GREATER IS COMING, LUNJEAL/MALACO
KSE SUNSHINE BAND, KSE SUNSHINE BAND, INDEPENDENT
NYASIA, SHOOTING STAR EP, INSPIRING DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT LLC
PURE-N-HEART, ALPHAEUS ANDERSON PRESENTS THE BEST OF PURE-N-HEART KIDS & TEENS 10 YEARS & INTRODUCING PURE-N-HEART MOVEMENT, MUSIC2CHANGEU RECORDS

CATEGORY #26
FAN FAVORITE QUARTET OF THE YEAR
DOC MCKENZIE & THE HI-LITES, BLESSED, OPHIR ENTERTAINMENT
THE MIGHTY GOSPEL WARRIORS, A WARRIORS JOURNEY CONTINUE, INDEPENDENT
THE GOSPEL LEGENDS, PIECES OF LIFE, HUMILITY MUSIC
THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY, ALL THAT I AM, CHAPTER ONE, MCG RECORDS/SOUTH CENTRAL MUSIC

CATEGORY #27
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
MELANIE SCOTT Q CREATIVE DESIGNS, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
KELVIN CHAPPELL & BENITA BELLAMY, BISHOP K.W. BROWN PRESENTS EARL BYNUM & THE MOUNT UNITY CHOIR, K.W. BROWN MINISTRIES
PATRICK DOPSON, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
BJ SHORES, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CATEGORY #28
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
ISRAEL AND NEW BREED, JESUS AT THE CENTER, RGM NEW BREED/INTEGRITY
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC
TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL)
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN, MOTOWN GOSPEL

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