January 15, 2019 - Central City Productions announces
the nominees in 28 categories for the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, hosted again this
year by history-making artist, Kirk Franklin on Friday,
March 29. Contemporary gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds leads the field of nominees this year
with nine nominations. The powerhouse singer earned recognition for his
work on the album "Make Room" (Entertainment One) as well as in the key
categories of Artist of the Year, Song 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 Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.
With seven nominations, chart-topping soloist Maranda Curtis, is recognized by the Stellar Awards voting
body for excellence in the categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the
Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year,
Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, Recorded Music package of the
Year, and Praise and Worship CD of the Year for her work on "Open Heaven"
(Red Alliance Media/Fair Trade). This year promises to pleasantly surprise
the gospel audience with nominations for secular artistsSnoop Dogg and Tori Kelly. Snoop Dogg garners a respectable three nominations for CD
of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Special Event CD of the Year
with his hit CD "Bible of Love" (RCA/Inspiration), and Tori Kelly's angelic vocals have landed her three
nominations in the categories of Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the
Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year with the smash hit
"Hiding Place" (Schoolboy/Capitol), as well as Urban/Inspirational Single
or Performance of the Year for her collaboration on "Never Alone"
(Schoolboy/Capitol) with Stellars Host Kirk Franklin. Todd Dulaney is blessed with six nominations for "Your
Great Name" (Entertainment One) for Artist of the Year, CD of the Year,
Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary
CD of the Year, and Praise & Worship CD of the Year. Jekalyn Carr continues to rise higher in the gospel genre,
earning five nominations this year in the top categories of Artist of the
Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female
Vocalist of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year, and Recorded Music
Packaging of the Year for her work on "One Nation Under God" (Lunjeal Music
With four nominations each,
Koryn Hawthorne, Kelontae Gavin, Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge
Sanctuary Choir, and Jarrell Smalls and Company
solidify their staying power in gospel music, representing contemporary and
traditional gospel, respectively. Hawthorneis recognized
for Song of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year,
Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. Gavin has garnered Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary
Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Praise &
Worship CD of the Year. Bishop Jones & CORSC and Jarrell Smalls & Company are vying for Traditional CD
of the Year among their four nods each.
Other artists earning Stellar nominations include:
Judah Band, The Walls Group, Earnest Pugh, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson,
VaShawn Mitchell, Jason Nelson, Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Jor'Dan
Armstrong, and Brent Jones & the Waco Community Choir
, Founder of the Stellar Awards and Chairman of Central City Productions,
Inc. commented, "I am extremely excited about our 2019 Stellar Awards
nominees. This year's multiple nominations of new, established, as well as
secular artists are a testament to the continued growth and success of
gospel music and its appeal to a wide range of audiences across all genres.
The Stellar Awards continues to be committed to celebrating the best in
music that inspires and uplifts everyone."
The Stellar Awards show taping will return to The Orleans Arena in Las
Vegas on Friday, March 29, 2019 and is open to the public,
with ticket prices ranging from $50 - $200 at
The week of activities begins with the Stellar Awards Independent Artist
Showcase, taking place on Wednesday, March 27, with winners performing at
the non-televised awards pre-show ceremony. The 2019 Stellar Gospel Music
Awards Pre-Show is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 to showcase
non-televised award winners. Also, the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards &
Showcase will be held on Friday, March 29, honoring top radio stations and
announcers serving urban gospel music audiences. Tickets for each event can
be purchased at
SUMMARY OF 2019 STELLAR AWARDS TOP NOMINEES
- 9 Nominations
- 7 Nominations
- 6 Nominations
- 5 Nominations
Koryn Hawthorne -
Kelontae Gavin -
Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir
- 4 Nominations
Jarrell Smalls and Company
- 4 Nominations
- 3 Nominations
- 3 Nominations
- 2 Nominations
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CALL FOR CREDENTIALS
Credentials submission forms are now being accepted online from working media who wish to cover the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the greatest night in gospel music. The deadline for credentials is Friday, February 16, 2019.
To submit the media credential request form click here.
About Central City Productions (CCP):
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael Johnson will direct this year's award show. Erma Gray Davis is the President and Chief Operations Officer of Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. CCP's award- winning television programs include the Black Music Honors, Stellar Tribute to the Holidays and Tribute to Mother's Day, The Black College Quiz Show Series, Hispanic College Quiz, among many others. For more information, please visit www.ccptv.com.
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