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Stellar Gospel Music Awards

It was in 1985 when Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Central City Productions had a vision to create a television awards show to salute the works of Gospel artists, and other industry professionals for their priceless contributions to the Gospel music industry. With the blessings of the late Reverend James Cleveland and the divine inspiration from the Gospel Music Workshop Association (GMWA), the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, dubbed the "Greatest Night in Gospel Music," was formed. Today, the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show continues in its success with the growth and popularity of Gospel music and the artists who perform, write, produce, and market it. The Stellar Awards is now the longest airing African American Gospel Music awards show on television.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards is hailed as the ‘Greatest Night of Gospel Music,’ and recognizes the year's best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry. ”

Kirk Franklin

Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard, Avery*Sunshine, Jonathan McReynolds, J.J. Hairston, Maverick City Music, Pastor Mike Jr., Tamela Mann, Jason Clayborn, Hezekiah Walker, CeCe Winans and hosts, Tye Tribbett and Jekalyn Carr performed on the Stellar stage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. The Clark Sisters, who received the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award presented by AT&T, delivered a moving performance at this year’s ceremony.

Jonathan McReynolds

Hosted by Jekalyn Carr & Ty Tribett

The "Greatest Night in Gospel Music" - an opportunity to celebrate Gospel’s best, brightest and newest stars. For nearly four decades, The Stellar Award has been the most coveted prize in Gospel Music.

The Stellar Awards not only recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, but honors Gospel music icons and those who have been instrumental in advocating for the gospel industry. Top nominees for this year’s ceremony include Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, Maverick City Music, and Pastor Mike, Jr., each receiving seven nominations, including a nod each for Artist of the Year.

Performances by Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard and Avery*Sunshine join Jonathan Mcreynolds, J.J. Hairston, Pastor Mike jr., Maverick City Music, the Clark Sisters, Cece Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Jason Clayborn and Tamela Mann.

Other celebrated artists receiving multiple Stellar nominations include Tasha Cobbs Leonard, The Clark Sisters, Rev. Luther Barnes and the Restoration Worship Center Choir, the Chicago Mass Choir, and host Jekalyn Carr. The incomparable Lady Tramaine Hawkins will receive the Aretha Franklin Icon Award presented by Toyota for her contributions to gospel music. The AT&T Dream in Black Emerging artist performers will include Jokia, Nia Allen, and Terrian.

the Clark Sisters

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production and Producer. Michael A. Johnson will produce and direct this year's award show. The Stellar Awards recognizes the year's best performances in the Gospel music genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the Gospel music industry. For more information visit thestellarawards.com.