The Stellar Awards, which honors the best in Gospel Music, revealed this year’s nominees. Leading the pack with 10 nominations each were Erica Campbell and Ricky Dillard.
Campbell’s first solo project, “Help,” earned nominations in the categories of “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Contemporary CD of the Year,” and “Urban /Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year.” The project also received nominations in the categories of “Producer of the Year,” “Music Video of the Year,” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.”
Ricky Dillard and New G’s “Amazing” also received much recognition with nominations for “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Producer of the Year,” “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Traditional CD of the Year,” “Choir of the Year,” “Traditional Choir of the Year,” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.”
Other artists earning multiple nominations include Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir, Smokie Norful, Michelle Williams, The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Deitrick Haddon
Hailed as “Gospel music’s biggest night,” this year’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be held at its new location, the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Hosted by comedian David Mann, multiple Stellar Award winner, Tamela Mann, and syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley, the show will feature live performances by The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Mali Music, Deitrick Haddon’s LXW, and Beverly Crawford.
The Stellar Awards will also present five special categories highlighting the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences nationwide. The awards honor terrestrial radio and internet programs that broadcast Gospel music, including the top Gospel Announcer of the Year.
In addition to recognizing the year’s most outstanding contributions in gospel music, The Stellar Awards will also bestow special honors upon President Barack Obama with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award and Bishop Paul Morton with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Andrae Crouch and Al “The Bishop” Hobbs will be celebrated posthumously for their significant contributions to the industry with the Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.
The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from April 12 through May 3, 2015, and on the TV One network on Easter Sunday, April 5.