The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards featured dynamic performances by Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Lexi, Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Ricky Dilliard, & Vashawn Mitchell, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan Nelson. The show was hosted by “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd and “Dish Nation’s” breakout star Rickey Smiley- held on January 18, 2014 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and aired live on UP TV, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment.
Celebrities & Gospel recording artists William Murphy, Jessica Reedy, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Tomeka Holyfield, Kierra Sheard, Kimberly Elise, Ben & Jewel Tankard all graced the red carpet in preparation for a family reunion as stated by Bishop Hezekiah Walker & night of praise.
This is biggest night in gospel music! The Stellar awards is the only national televised show that is committed to “Gospel Music” it is the time where we celebrate one another in the Gospel Community, said Bishop William Murphy during the red carpet interview.
The highlights of the Stellar Awards this year were the acknowledgements of special honorees, to include Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, who received the Thomas A. Dorsey Notable Achievement award for her career accomplishments working on Capitol Hill. Bishop Paul Morton gave the honors. Hezekiah Walker was honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime achievement Award for his contributions to the Gospel Music industry. Reverend Maceo Woods received the Chevrolet Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award which was presented by Dr. Jones.
Don Jackson, executive producer of the show is thankful for over 35,000 fans who voted for the 2014 nominees, a phenomenal 30% increase over last year and a testament to growth and popularity of gospel music.
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC walked away with seven Stellar Awards; Song of the year was awarded to KIRK FRANKLIN, TAKE ME TO THE KING – BEST DAYS, TILLYMAN MUSIC. New artist of the year TASHA COBBS, GRACE, EMI GOSPEL (MOTOWN GOSPEL snagged a total of three Stellar Awards. Choir of the year went to HEZEKIAH WALKER, AZUSA: THE NEXT GENERATION, RCA INSPIRATION & Producer of the year FRED HAMMOND & DEREK “DC” CLARK, UNITED TENORS HAMMOND HOLLISTER ROBERSON WILSON, RCA INSPIRATION
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