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The Stellar Awards Announce 2018 Official Nominees, Kirk Franklin to Host



[Kirk Franklin announced as host of the 2018 Stellar Awards]

The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards announced their nominees for 2018. There is a fresh new crop of new artists and legends that make up this years’ pool.

The awards are scheduled to take place March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas at The Orleans Arena. Kirk Franklin will be hosting.

Visit www.TheStellarAwards.com for tickets.

Category #1 ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

Category #2 SONG OF THE YEAR

– Anthony Brown, Trust in You – A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– David Bloom, Cortez Vaughn, Phontane Demond Reed & JJ Hairston, You Deserve It (JJ Hairston & YouthfulPraise), JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Derrick Starks & J.D. Sheard II, Hang On (Feat: Kierra Sheard) – Bishop J. Drew Sheard Presents: GEI LIVE,Karew Records
– Travis Greene, You Waited – Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

Category #3 MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

– Anthony Brown, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #4 ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– CeCe Winans, Let Them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel
– Le’Andria Johnson, Bigger Than Me, RCA Inspiration
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel
– Tina Campbell, It’s Still Personal, Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

CATEGORY #5 DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

– Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– James Fortune & FIYA, Dear Future Me, Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
– The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records

CATEGORY #6 NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

– Dr. F. James Clark Presents the NextGeneration Choir, Sure. Focused. Centered, City of Peace Music
– Gene Moore, The Future, Motown Gospel
– Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records
– Koryn Hawthorne, Koryn Hawthorne EP, RCA Inspiration

2017 – 2018 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees CATEGORY #7 CD OF THE YEAR
– A Long Way from Sunday, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
– Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #8 CHOIR OF THE YEAR

– JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Ricky Dillard & New G, 10, Entertainment One
– The Miami Mass Choir, The Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center, MaJo Records
– Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir, We Win, Independent

CATEGORY #9 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

– Anthony Brown, Justin Savage, Dana T. Sorey, Warryn Campbell & Darryl Woodson, A Long Way from Sunday (Anthony Brown & group therAPy), Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon, Marcus Hodge & Gina Miller, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– Kenneth Leonard & Natasha Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City,RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #10 CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

– Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– James Fortune & FIYA, Dear Future Me, Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
– The Showers, The Journey, A & P Records

CATEGORY #11 TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR

– Gods Posse, The Kind of God We Serve, Independent
– The Rance Allen Group, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records
– The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records
– The Williams Singers, In Real Time, Blackberry Records

CATEGORY #12 CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

– Anthony Brown, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

2017 – 2018 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees
CATEGORY #13 TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live In New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
– Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration
– Rance Allen, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records
– Ricky Dillard, 10, Entertainment One

CATEGORY #14 CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

– Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records
– Koryn Hawthorne, Koryn Hawthorne EP, RCA Inspiration
– Lucinda Moore, Walking In My Favor, Nalah Music Group
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #15 TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

– Anita Wilson, Sunday Song, Reflection Media, Inc/Entertainment One
– CeCe Winans, Let them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel
– Le’Andria Johnson, Bigger Than Me, RCA Inspiration
– Tina Campbell, It’s Still Personal, Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

CATEGORY #16 CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR

– A Long Way from Sunday, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
– Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #17 TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR

– I Got Out, Bryan Popin, Little Boy Wonder Music/Flaydo Music
– Let Them Fall in Love, CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel
– Close, Marvin Sapp, Verity/RCA Inspiration
– 10, Ricky Dillard & New G, Entertainment One

CATEGORY #18 URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

– Trust in You, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
– You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– I’m Getting Ready, Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft. Nicki Minaj, Motown Gospel
– You Waited, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

2017 – 2018 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

CATEGORY #19 MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– Byron Purnell, You – The Dolly Express (Jermaine Dolly), By Any Means Necessary
– Derek Blanks, We Livin – It’s Still Personal (Tina Campbell), Gee Tree Creative/Malaco
– Terrance Crawley, I’ve Seen Him Work – Sunday Song (Anita Wilson), Reflection Media, Inc/Entertainment One
– Terrance Crowley and Ted Winn; Grateful – Stand In Awe (Ted Winn), Shanachie Entertainment Corp.

CATEGORY #20 TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

– Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live in New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
– Charles Butler & Trinity, The Blood Experience, Entertainment One
– Ricky Dillard & New G, 10, Entertainment One
– Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir, We Win, Independent

CATEGORY #21 CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

– Dr. F. James Clark Presents the NextGeneration Choir, Sure. Focused. Centered, City of Peace Music
– GEI, Bishop J. Drew Sheard Presents: GEI LIVE, Karew Records
– JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
– The Miami Mass Choir, The Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center, MaJo Records

CATEGORY #22 INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR

– Ben Tankard, CanTANKerous, BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music
– Daniel Weatherspoon, The Langley Park Project, Longlife Ent. Inc.
– Kirk Whalum, #LoveCovers, Top Drawer Records
– Tim Bowman, Into the Blue, I.M. Records

CATEGORY #23 SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR

– A Kenny Lattimore Christmas, Kenny Lattimore, Motown Gospel
– Greenleaf Soundtrack Season 2, Various Artists, RCA Inspiration
– Legacy Live in New Orleans, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
– Live from San Francisco, The Rance Allen Group, Tyscot Records

CATEGORY #24 RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR

– Crowns & Crosses, Bizzle, God Over Money LLC
– Greatness, Canton Jones, Radar Live/Cajo Records
– Reflection, Derek Minor, Reflection Music Group /Entertainment One
– The Waiting Room, Trip Lee, Reach Records

2017 – 2018 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

CATEGORY #25 YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
– God’s Little Soldiers International Boys Choir, Through the Years, DIR/Motor City Praise
– Kelontae Gavin, Higher, Marquis Boone/Tyscot Records
– Pure N Heart, Change the World, Music2ChangeU
– The Children Speak, Gibbs Ave, HOLY-wood RecordsCATEGORY #26 QUARTET OF THE YEAR
– Men of Gods Heart, Men of Gods Heart, Men of Gods Heart, LLC
– The Group Fire, Join the Praise Party, Jet Records North / East
– The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records
– The Williams Singers, In Real Time, Blackberry Records

CATEGORY #27 RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR

– Derek Blanks, Dear Future Me (James Fortune & FIYA), Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
– Derek Blanks, 10 (Ricky Dillard & New G), Entertainment One
– Derek Blanks, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel
– Tim Parker, Close (Marvin Sapp), Verity/RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #28 PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR

– Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
– Sounds of Revival II: Deeper, William McDowell, Delivery Room Music/Entertainment One
– You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR NOMINEESMAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR

– KHVN Heaven 97, 970AM, Dallas, Carmina Barnett
– WGRB-AM 1390AM (Inspiration 1390), Chicago, Sonya Blakey
– WIGO – AM 1570, Atlanta, Larry Young
– WPRS-FM, PRAISE 104.1, Washington, DC, Ron Thompson

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR

– WBBP 1480, Memphis, Tracy Morgan
– WDEM Radio 98.5FM, Memphis, Towanna Murphy
– WJXY 103.5FM/937FM, Myrtle Beach, Reggie Dyson
– WOKB 1680AM, Orlando/Central Florida, Shanti Persaud

2017 – 2018 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
– WFMI 100.9, Virginia Beach, Mike Chandler
– WNNL 103.9FM – The Light, Raleigh-Durham, Jerry Smith
– WREJ, Richmond, Randy Johnson
– WYLD -AM 940, New Orleans, Dr. Loretta Petit

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR

– KSYB 1300AM, Shreveport, Rhonda Phillips- Sanders
– WEHA – Gospel 88.7 &100.3 FM, Atlantic City, William & Elaine Hawkes
– WHBT 98.3 FM/1410 AM, Tallahassee, Darius Baker
– WIMG 1300 AM, Trenton, Vennie Stansbury

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR

– Gospel Central Radio, www.thegospelcentral.com, Michael Stewart
– SOAR Radio, www.soarradio.com, Justin Francis
– uGospel Radio, uGospel.com, Khalif M. Townes
– Yes Lord Radio, www.yeslordradio.com, Rodrick Warren & Howard Young

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
– Liz Black, 1190AM WLIB, Teaneck, NJ
– Sonya Blakey, WGRB – Inspiration 1390, Chicago, IL
– Randi Myles, WPZR-FM PRAISE 102.7, Detroit, MI
– Jerry Smith, WNNL Radio 103.9 The Light, Raleigh, NC

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