The nominees for the 2017 Stellar Awards were announced today by Central City Productions announced. There were some new faces along with some industry veterans who got nods.
Travis Greene and Tamela Mann lead the nominations with nine each. With seven and six nominations respectively, veterans Hezekiah Walker and Kirk Franklin were recognized for Male Vocalist of the Year, Choir of the Year, Contemporary Choir of the Year and Contemporary Male of the Year for their projects Azusa The Next Generation 2: Better (Walker/EOne Music) and Losing My Religion (Franklin/RCA Records). Franklin also receives a nod for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year.
Jekalyn Carr, nominated for Artist of the Year, and Todd Dulaney are in contention for Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year. Other artists earning multiple nominations include newcomers, Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Livre’, Enon Tabernacle and the legendary Shirley Caesar.
Here’s a snapshot of nominees with multiple nods:
Tamela Mann — 9 Total Nominations
Travis Greene — 9 Total Nominations
Hezekiah Walker — 7 Total Nominations
Jekalyn Carr — 5 Total Nominations
Todd Dulaney — 5 Total Nominations
Shirley Caesar — 4 Total Nominations
Bri (Brianna Babineaux) — 3 Total Nominations
Livre’ — 3 Total Nominations
Enon Tabernacle — 3 Total Nominations
When it comes to gospel labels, RCA Inspiration captured quite a few nods. RCA Inspiration scored nominations in 14 categories that include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and CD of the Year, Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Recordings/ RCA). Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, and Donnie McClurkin each garner multiple nominations, along with 1 nomination apiece for rising artist Christon Gray and the WOW Gospel hits collection. Additionally, Franklin garners 2 nominations as a songwriter and producer on Tamela Mann’s project.
Erica Campbell will join Anthony Brown to co-host the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards when it returns to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The Stellar Awards show taping is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 – $200 at www.ticketmaster.com.
The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication on 170 stations in over 150 markets around the country from April 14 – May 7, 2017.
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