29TH ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS FEATURES PERFORMANCES BY SHIRLEY CAESAR, DONALD LAWRENCE, ERICA CAMPBELL, HEZEKIAH WALKER, LEXI, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, RICKY DILLARD, VASHAWN MITCHELL, AND MORE
New Emerging Artist Contest Invites Singers to Submit Their
Best Work for Chance to Attend The Stellar Awards
In addition to a new location, the show has launched a new online contest, the “Take Me to the Stellar Awards Emerging Artist Competition.” Via a free downloadable app, aspiring singers and songwriters are invited to submit material to compete for a chance to win a trip to The Stellar Awards, walk the red carpet and to perform their winning entry live at an event during the awards weekend. The entry fee is $8.99 and entries must be received by January 10, 2014. For more information on the competition visit:http://www.
“I am excited about the line up for this year’s show, which features performances by artists whose songs charted in the top 25 throughout the year,” said Don Jackson executive producer of the show. “I am especially pleased that our 29th annual Stellar Awards will serve as the launch pad for the first ever publication for the show, the ‘Stellars.’ The first issue is a souvenir Collector’s Edition of behind the scene and backstage historic photos; celebrity gospel music performers, and the official 2014 Stellar nominees,” Jackson added. “I want to thank the over 35,000 fans who voted for our 2014 Stellar nominees, a phenomenal 30% increase over last year’s fan voting, and a testament to the growth and popularity of gospel Music.”
Announced in December, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy earned eight nominations for their freshman effort, “Testimony.” Nominations include “Song of the Year,” “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year,” and “Contemporary CD of the Year.” Joining them at the top of the nominee list, Tye Tribbett’s “Greater Than” tied “Testimony” for the most recognition with eight nominations for “Artist 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 “Praise and Worship CD of the Year.” Other artists to receive multiple nominations include Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs with seven nominations each and going head-to-head in the hotly-contested “Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year” and “CD of the Year” categories; gospel great Fred Hammond United Tenors with six nominations, including “Contemporary CD of the Year” and “Group/Duo of the Year”; and also vying for “Group/Duo of the Year” honors, contender John P. Kee & New Life receives four additional nods for the CD “Life of Favor.”
The live show at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium is open to the public and tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) 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 (www.thestellarawards.com). To join the conversation on social media and receive up-to-the minute updates on this year’s show, “Like” The Stellar Awards on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/