Stellar Awards Weekend Events January 17: Stellar Awards Pre-Show, Choir Fest And Lots of Showcases!

Just one more day before the Stellar Awards!  Richard Smallwood and Michelle Williams will host the Stellar Awards Pre-Show tonight, Jan. 17 and will give gospel music lovers a taste of what lies ahead tomorrow night , as non-televised awards are announced.  Before and after the show there is still lot to do .

Take a look at this list of Stellar Awards Weekend events

I Am Radio Empowerment Breakfast includes showcase

iAM Radio Empowerment Breakfast Revue Lounge Artist Showcase. 7:30 a.m. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, Arvetra Jones, Jamila Joy, DJ Will Newbill and Sistah Peaches.  Features  Pastor Kevin Adams, Bishop Jerry Maynard and Dr. Patrick Wooden, Sr. $30, includes buffet. For tickets Hotel Preston, 733 Briley Parkway, Nashville, Tenn.


Denim and Diamonds showcase is pafrt of Ste,llar Awards Weekend ActivitiesLet’s Talk Gospel Presents Denim and Diamonds. 10 a.m. Hosted by Comedian Tim and Nikita B. Features Shawn Bigby, Steve MCoy, Jamariean Moore, Paula Waters  and more.For more info contact LeShelle Crump @ 919-444-3483 or Gwen Atkins @ 832-647-2368 Crystal Fountain Church, 1003 Russell Street, Nashville, Tenn. FREE


15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. 11 a.m. BMI will salute gospel leaders Richard Smallwood and Daryl Coley. Gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives will attend the invitation-only event. The Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year will also be announced at the luncheon. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, Tenn. INVITATION ONLY

Richard Smallwood and Darryl Coley honored at 2014 BMI Trailblazers Luncheon

Prayzefest Gospel Network Presents Artist Showcase and Review. 1 p.m. Hosted by Donald Malloy with CD release by Countre’ Boi. Performers include Patricia Leigh, Socom, Kay Morris, Juan Santiago and more. Tickets: $15. For information and tickets, visit Manna From Heaven, 3510 West Hamilton Ave., Nashville, Tenn.

Urban Soul Cafe “Spoken Soul”. 1:30- 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Ben Tankard. Artist will delight the audience with storytelling and poetry. Features Tru Love, Marco the poet, Dre da Poet, Diallo, NishaSpeaks, LyricForte, Karness Turner, Kezia the Poet, and GF Young. Music by Sean C. Johnson, B Nor, Ethan Kent, Winston Stewart, and Minon. For tickets and more info The Cave, 600 9th Ave South, Nashville, Tenn.

I.M.A.C. Industry Summit Indie Artist Showcase. 2 p.m. Hosted by Jawn Murray and Malcom Williams. Features new and up and coming indie artists. Performance registration required. Seats are open to the public, VIP seating available. For info: or call 615-669-6475.  Mt. Hopewell MB Church, 2911 Stokers Lane, Nashville, Tenn.

Radio Showcase Reception.  4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Industry Professionals, radio program directors, DJs, media executives. Guest host Cedric Bailey. There will be a live remote by Rejoice Musical Soulfood. For info: 888-455-6454 ext. 103, ask for Dionna. Dave & Busters, 540 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, Tenn.

3rd Annual Biggest Blockbuster Showdown. 5 p.m.  Host Pastor Bobby Harris. Features Lisa Knowles, George Dickens and the Gospel Disciples, John Smiley & the Spiritual Voices and more. First Baptist Church, 301 Fairview Lane, Clarksville, Tenn.

Yes Lord Showcase features star studded lineup of hostsYes Lord Radio 2014 Anniversary Showcase. 6 p.m.-midnight. Hosted by J Moss, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ace Alexander, Judith Christie McAllister, Willie Moore, Jr., Darius Paulk, Sistah Willa Ruth Johnson and Chinnita “Chocolate’ Morris. There will be appearances by James Fortune, Anita Wilson, Smokie Norful, Paul Porter and Stephen Hurd. Performers include Larry Callahan & SOG, Rae Ellis, The Showers,Tasha Page Lockhart and more. Millenium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tenn.

The 33rd Blockbuster Anniversary of Donnie, Darryl & the Joyboyz. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime at 7 p.m. Performers include Keesha Rainey,  Doc Mckenzie and the Highlights, The Swanee Trumpeteers and more.  Melvin Williams of the Williams Brothers will make an appearance. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit East Side Gospel (615-500-7677), Total Gospel (615-474-5632) and Haddox Pharmacy (615-329-3243). The Country Inn & Suites, 590 Donelson Pike, Nashville, Tenn.

***Stellar Awards Preshow. 7 p.m. Hosted by Michelle Williams and Richard Smallwood.  Performances by Earnest Pugh, Anita Wilson, Beverly Crawford, Kevin Vassar, J Moss, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Chanel Haynes, Monica Lisa Stevenson, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, Kevin Lemon & Higher Calling and  Livre. Tickets $12.50. Purchase at  or at the box office. Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). 505 Deaderick St., Nashville, Tenn.

Stellar Awards Pre-Show is one of the highlights of Stellar Awards Weekend Activities

Pre-Stellar Awards Concert & Bishop Frederick Carr Birthday Bash. 7 p.m. Features Earnest Pugh, Erica Barr, Clareta Haddon-Jackson, William Demps, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis and more. For info: or call 615-569-5753. Life Church International, 819 Russell Street, Nashville, Tenn.

FreeDem Radio 2014 Showcase. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hosted by James Hall, Danetra Moore,Demetrius Tolefree and Nicole Elyles-Belton. Features Kevin Lemons & H.C., Keith Williams, Chrystal Rucker, Quan Howell, Sunday Best contestant Tyler Little and Sean Tillery & Changed. For tickets: Info: 888-406-1998 ext. 0, email: web:

Bonnerfide Radio After Party  brings out the starsBonnerfide Radio 2014 Anniversary Party. 9 p.m. Hosted by Hezekiah Walker, The Playmakers and Charles Butler. Performers include Anita Wilson, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A., Lowell Pye, Da’ TRUTH, Paula Champion, Marica Chisolm, Fedel, “Sing Off” finalists TEN and more. Tickets: $20, $30 at the door, VIP $50. More info: The Listening Room Cafe, 217 2nd Ave. South, Nashville, Tenn.

Hezekiah Walker Choirfest.  Doors open at 10 p.m., event starts at 11 p.m. Choirs from around the country will perform. Special guests include Vashawn Mitchell, James Fortune, John P. Kee and JJ Hairston.  Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7595 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. FREE

Hezekiah Walker Choirfest  is a highly anticipated event during the Stellar Awards Weekend Activities

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