33rd Annual Stellar Awards Nominations Announced
Central City Productions has announced the nominees in 28 categories for the 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 will emanate from The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 12-time Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin serving as the event’s host.
Twelve time Stellar Award winners Anthony Brown & group therAPy leads this year’s nominees with ten nominations. The group earned recognition for its work on the album A Long Way From Sunday (Key of A/Fair Trade/Tyscot Records), which features the hit single “Trust In You”. Among this year’s honors, the group picked up nods in key categories such as Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and CD of the Year.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, and Travis Greene each picked up nine nominations. Cobbs Leonard is nominated in the hotly-contested categories of Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and Producer of the Year among others for her work on her latest project Heart. Passion. Pursuit. released on the Motown Gospel imprint. JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise are nominated in the Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year & Choir of the Year categories among their nine nods for the group’s work on You Deserve It (JamesTown Music/Entertainment One), led by the group’s chart topping title track. Greene continues to rise in the gospel genre, earning nominations this year in the top categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and Producer of the Year for his work on Crossover: Live in Music City (RCA Inspiration).
Industry veterans Deitrick Haddon and Ricky Dillard demonstrate their staying power in gospel music each picking up five nominations for their projects Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp and 10 respectively.
Other artists earning multiple nominations include Marvin Sapp, The Williams Brothers, CeCe Winans, The Rance Allen Group, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Tina Campbell and Le’Andria Johnson.
“I am extremely excited about our 2018 Stellar Awards nominees and especially pleased for the role our annual Stellar Awards television special has played in the success of the 2018 multiple Stellar Award nominees including Anthony Brown and group therAPy, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, JJ Hairston and Travis Greene…all of whom performed on our 2017 Stellar Awards,” shares Don Jackson, Founder of the Stellar Awards and Chairman of Central City Productions, Inc.. “In addition, I am thrilled to see established artists such as CeCe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Bishop Paul Morton, Tina Campbell, Deitrick Haddon, Ricky Dillard, The Williams Brothers and Le’Andria Johnson back among the nominees this year.”
The Stellar Awards show taping will return to The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 24, 2018 and is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 – $200 at www.ticketmaster.com.
The weekend of activities begin with the Stellar Awards Independent Artist & Quartet Showcase, taking place on Thursday, March 22, with winners performing at the non-televised awards pre-show ceremony. The 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show is scheduled for Friday, March 23 to showcase non-televised award winners. Also, the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held on Saturday, March 24, honoring top radio stations and announcers serving urban gospel music audiences. Tickets for each event can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
Check out the full listing of this year’s nominees here.