The Stellar Awards is Heading to Las Vegas March 2015

stellarsTBR — The Stellar Awards produced by the Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) and known for recognizing and honoring the biggest names and best in Gospel Music on a platform set just for the Gospel Community, is getting set to make a few changes. After originally taping its award show at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, and then taking the Stellar Awards to Nashville, TN and occasionally to Atlanta, GA, a new location and venue is about to be announced.

According to , the next Stellar Awards show and taping date, which will also mark its 30th Anniversary, will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The show will actually air April 5 – May 9, 2015.

Important Dates:

Eligibility Period for Online Submissions: September 1 – September 30, 2014

Radio Stations of the Year Online Registration: September 1 – September 30, 2014

Ticket Packages Go On Sale: July 26, 2014

Stellar Pre-Show AwardsFriday, March 27, 2014

Stellar Gospel Music Radio Awards & Showcase: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Special Announcement:   First time collaboration with the GMWA Convention: Kicking Off Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show was founded by Don Jackson in 1970.  Jackson also serves as the executive producer of the show along with Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions.


Stay tuned for more details.


Dorinda Clark Cole Breaks the Summer with a New Smash Hit “You Are”.

If you haven’t heard or seen yet, Dorinda Clark Cole, The Rose, is back in effect for Summer 2014 with a newly released single titled “You Are”. Its Fun, Hot, Classy and all the way Amazing. “You Are” takes the roof off the anything Gospel and churchy and makes way for a more up-tempo, memorable chorus to date. Dorinda’s New Single is up for Pre-orders online via iTunes and scheduled to release June 17, 2014 with a follow up album release for 1st Quarter 2015. Dorinda is signed to RKD Music Management, where Keith Douglas is her personal manager.

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Born Again: BET Bringing Back “Celebration of Gospel”

Tamela-Mann1 (1)The people have spoken and their voices were apparently heard! is happy to report that BET has had a change of heart as it pertains to their annual special “Celebration of Gospel.

After being bombarded with calls to its main phone line and emails to its website, in addition to high-ranking executives at the company being called by many of Gospel’s top tier artists, BET will not move forward with canceling “Celebration of Gospel” even after previously deciding to end the franchise.

On May 1, reported that BET had opted to cancel the yearly special despite its stellar ratings and it being the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years.

Apparently, BET’s previous decision to cancel “COG” was strictly based on the show “not being profitable,” as it was explained by one BET executive who spoke to us anonymously.

“It was simple, the sales team said they couldn’t sell the show because it was a gospel show and without those big sponsorships, the show cost money to produce but didn’t make money for the network,” the source elaborated. “But BET never imagined ending this show would cause the outcry that it received from the viewing public and have decided to see if they can make things work.” was told several months before the airing of the 2014 “COG” in early April that the special was being cancelled. Things were solidified at BET’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York when the show was omitted as one of the network’s returning “Mega-Specials.”Candice-Glover

In a follow-up document serviced to the media following the upfronts, the show was nixed from the production lineup as well.

Apparently, BET was overwhelmed by the backlash for cancelling its top-rated salute to gospel.  Privately the network started telling several artists that the show was omitted from the upfront presentation because “it was moved to a new month.” However, the award show special “Black Girls Rock” has also been moved to a new month but was still highlighted for advertisers and the media at the upfronts.

While a concrete date has not been solidified for “COG,” a new production schedule issued to employees late last week has the show slated to tape in September/October 2015.

BET originally taped “COG” each December and aired it in February for Black History Month. In 2012, the show started taping in March so that it could air in April closer to Easter.

With “COG” now scheduled to tentatively tape in late fall next year, it would likely air around Thanksgiving


2014 BET Celebration of Gospel Deliver Memorable Performances from Charlie Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, Johnathan McReynolds and many more

composeLos Angeles, CA – Gospel Music had a strong presence in the Los Angeles area over the past week.  Kicking off with the Gospel Music Workshop of America Board meeting last Monday the weekend wrapped up with the annual television taping of BET’s Celebration of Gospel.

The three hour concert took place at Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Missing as this year’s emcee was Steve Harvey, but stepping in to host for the first time was Actress Taraji P. Henson.

With a packed audience, this was a night filled with great music, celebration and Praises to God.

Some of this years performances included several collaborations between Gospel and R&B artists including duets by Donnie McClurkin and Tye Tribbett; LeAndria Johnson and Ron Isley, Lalah Hathaway and Zacardi Cortez; and Chante Moore and Vashawn Mitchell.

One of this year’s standout performances was given by Charlie Wilson, who shared a testimony, praised God with lifted hands and talked about just how good God is!  He was so energized he had many in the audience standing on their feet, all with lifted hands praising God.

Acoustic soul artist India Arie teamed up with Christian contemporary artist Jonathan McReynolds for a special performance. Female R&B group SWV and the Rance Allen Group also gave memorable performances.

There was a special tribute to gospel music pioneer and living legend Richard Smallwood, along with a special presentation by Dr. Bobby Jones.

Look for BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” to air on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m./EST on BET.

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Erica Campbell Takes Over VH1 Soul Worldwide Television Premiere of New Music Video ‘HELP’ On VH1 Soul and VH1.COM Monday, February 10th 2014

Erica CampbellLos Angeles, CA — Erica Campbell will exclusively debut her new music video “Help,” this Monday on VH1 Soul and  The video, created by legendary and iconic director Bille Woodruff, will premiere at 6:00am EST on VH1 Soul and will run every hour (on the hour) all day.  The video will also be available on line exclusively on

Shot in HD, Campbell looked absolutely stunning in the Woodruff led video that features breakthrough rapper Lecrae and her daughter Krista Campbell. As always Erica stays relevant in her delivery with this right-on-time ballad that is coupled with Lecrae’s poignant rap and Woodruff’s beautiful aesthetic shines. The collaboration is memorable and a sure fire hit for both in Gospel and urban platforms.

Campbell continues to travel the country promoting the release of her upcoming solo album, HELP, which hits stores March 25th as well as the start of the third season of her hit WEtv show “Mary Mary” on February 27th.  Erica will also be hitting the road this spring with a series of solo performances in Washington DC, New York and Atlanta.

Tune in this Monday to VH1 Soul and on line on

The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards!

screen-shot-2014-01-09-at-3-08-45-pmNASHVILLE, TN – The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards today announced the lineup for Gospel music’s biggest night. Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Isaac Carree, Tasha Cobbs, Ricky Dillard, VaShawn Mitchell, Lexi, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy and Jonathan McReynolds are the early notable names set to grace the stage.

A hallmark of the Stellar Awards telecast has become the powerful, stirring artist collaborations brought together by the show’s producers — this year, The Canton Spirituals, The Gospel Legends and The Wardlaw Brothers will team for the Quartet Collaboration; while Erica Campbell joins Jekalyn Carr, Latice Crawford and Lexi for the Female Collaboration.

The Male Collaboration will feature Jonathan McReynolds, Jonathan Nelson, Vashawn Mitchell and Zacardi Cortez. Kirk Franklin will perform a special tribute to the late Nelson Mandela and Ricky Dillard is set to close the show.

As previously announced, the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show is hosted by “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd and “Dish Nation’s” breakout star Rickey Smiley, who bring impeccable comedic timing and expertise as daily talk show hosts to the role. For the second time in as many years, the Stellar Awards will air live in primetime on the UP Television Network from its new home at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST/4 p.m. PST. The Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication in over 200 television markets from January 25 – March 22. The red carpet hosted by Tye Tribbett will air online prior to the telecast covering the glitz and glamour of the celebrity arrivals.