The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories. The event will be hosted by Lexi and VaShawn Mitchell, with performances by Dorinda Clark Cole, William Murphy and Jessica Reedy to name a few.
Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Award & Showcase brunch will be held the morning of Jan. 19 to honor the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences. Tickets for this event are $10.00 for Sagma members and $12.50 for non-Sagma members, and can be purchased at tpac.org.
Announced in October, this year’s Stellar Awards nominees include newcomer Pastor Charles Jenkins and the Fellowship Choir, who in addition to earning a “Best New Artist” nomination for their debut CD “The Best of Both Worlds,” garnered recognition in seven additional categories including “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”
Hosts Mary Mary received nine nominations, including “Group/Duo of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year,” “Contemporary CD of the Year,” “Urban Inspirational Single or Performance,” “Special Event CD of the Year,” “Producer of the Year,” “Music Video of the Year” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.”
Other multiple nominees include superstars Marvin Sapp and Fred Hammond with six nominations each, both nominated in the hotly-contested “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “CD of the Year” categories; legendary Andrae Crouch earned five nominations, including “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for his disc “The Journey”; and “Best New Artist” contender Isaac Carree received five nods for his solo debut “Uncommon Me.”
The Stellar Awards broadcast will be broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. The show is open to the public and tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster for all public events. Ticket prices range from $55 - $200. In addition, balcony seats are available for students for $35. For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website.
Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) has produced The Stellar Gospel Music Awards for 28 years, led by Executive Producer Don Jackson and Producer Barbara Wilson. The first show was taped at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago and The Stellar Awards has since evolved into a premier Gospel event recognizing and honoring African American artists.
An original awards show, it has propelled and showcased top Gospel artists and countless television and film stars. The ever-expanding roster of celebrity appearances on the Stellar Awards has included such notable personalities as Lou Gossett, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, The Winans, Clifton Davis, Yolanda Adams, Vicki Winans, Tyler Perry, Aretha Franklin, Idris Elba, Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker and countless others.