2015 Stellar Awards Hosts + Nominees Announced, Erica Campbell & Ricky Dillard Top Nominations

Will the 30th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards be the best one yet? Last year, Central City Productions announced its new date and location for the 2015 show – and recently unveiled nominees and co-hosts for the March 28th taping taking place at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena.

Comedian and syndicated radio personality, Rickey Smiley returns to co-host the 30th Anniversary show alongside David & Tamela Mann, of gospel music and television fame.

Hailed as “gospel music’s biggest night,” this year’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards features live performances by The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Mali Music, Deitrick Haddon’s LXW, and Beverly Crawford among others.

For a full list of 2015 Nominees, visit: http://thestellarawards.com/nominees.html

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.

“I am pleased that God has blessed us with the staying power of the Stellar Awards brand, and we are celebrating our 30-year anniversary as the most respected name in Gospel music and in the faith-based community today,” says Don Jackson, founder & Executive Producer of the Stellar Awards. “Our 2015, 30th anniversary ‘Stellars’ will give thanks to those who have contributed to the success of the Stellar Awards in tribute and in song, bringing back some of the greatest names in the genre as well as featuring many of the nominated artists of 2015. I am also grateful that Central City Productions, the producers of the Stellar Awards will be celebrating 45 years in business as one of the leading television production companies in the media industry.”

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 taping at The Orleans Arena is open to the public, and tickets are on sale now through (www.orleansarena.com). Ticket prices range from $50 – $200. Special student pricing for balcony seating is available for $35.  In addition to the awards ceremony, there are a number of ancillary activities that celebrate and recognize outstanding achievement in the genre which are open to the public:  the Stellar Awards Pre-Show is held on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm and the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards and Showcase on Saturday, March 28 at 11 am; both events require the purchase of a $30 ticket.

For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website http://www.thestellarawards.com

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