as an “epic night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will
return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
is having an amazing year, in the running for both Male Vocalist of the
Year and Song of the Year, for his work on The Hill (RCA Inspiration).
This inspirational psalmist is also nominated for CD of the Year,
Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and
Praise and Worship CD of the Year.
Gospel favorite, Mann, joins
Greene on the Stellar Awards nominee leader board, nominated this year
for Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year and
Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year, and she is also competing for
CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, and Traditional
Female Vocalist of the Year for her outstanding work on One Way.
seven and six nominations respectively, veterans Hezekiah Walker and
Kirk Franklin demonstrate their staying power in gospel music,
recognized for Male Vocalist of the Year, Choir of the Year,
Contemporary Choir of the Year and Contemporary Male of the Year for
their projects Azusa The Next Generation 2: Better (Walker/EOne Music)
and Losing My Religion (Franklin/RCA Records).
receives a nod for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year,
Producer of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year.
Carr, nominated for Artist of the Year, and Todd Dulaney are in
contention for Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and
Contemporary CD of the Year.
Other artists earning multiple
nominations include newcomers, Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Livre’, Enon
Tabernacle and living legend Shirley Caesar.
Awards and Grammy Award-winning solo artist, nationally-syndicated radio
host and television personality Erica Campbell joins multiple Stellar
Award winner, songwriter and arranger Anthony Brown to co-host the 32nd
Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
Don Jackson, Founder of the
Stellar Awards and Chairman of Central City Productions, Inc. commented,
“Our 2017 nominees represent the strongest group of Gospel artists and
songs in our 32-year history of the Stellar Awards. This year’s large
number of artists who are first-time nominees is a positive testament to
the new and upcoming artists in Gospel Music, as well as, a reflection
of the tremendous growth of the Gospel Music Genre.”
Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show is scheduled for Friday, March 24 to
showcase non-televised award winners. Also, the Stellar Gospel Radio
Awards & Showcase will be held on Saturday, March 25, honoring top
radio stations and announcers serving urban gospel music audiences.
The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.
addition, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication
on 170 stations in over 150 markets around the country from April 14 –
May 7, 2017.