The 31st Stellar Gospel Awards took place at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena Saturday, February 20. The gospel showcase was hosted by comedian/radio host Rickey Smiley and TV personality Sherri Shepherd.
The 2016 Stellar Awards nominees in 28 categories include gospel heavyweight Anthony Brown, a contender for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Producer of the Year, topping the list with ten nominations.
The Stellar Awards Founder Don Jackson will bestow special honors upon superstar Yolanda Adams and Faith-based comedian Jonathan Slocumb, while O'landa Draper will receive theJames Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ambassador Bobby Jones Legends Award will be presented to Joe Ligon.
A signature of the Stellar Awards are the rousing, spirit-filled performances and this year is no exception -- confirmed performers include Kirk Franklin, Anthony Brown & Group therAPy,Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and Best New Artistnominee Casey J. Additional performers and presenters will also be announced.
The telecast will premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, as well as in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from March 12 - April 10.
James Wright Chanel
Karen Clark Sheard
Hosts Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley
Dr. Bobby Jones