CeCe Winans and More – Billboard

CeCe Winans and Pastor Mike, Jr. lead the nominees for this year’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Winans earned nine nominations, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (believe it), Song of the Year (“Believe For It”) and Singer Albertina Walker of the Year. Pastor Mike, Jr., winner of the Stellar Award for Artist of the Year, earned eight nominations, including Producer of the Year, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year (I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol. 1).

Tamela Mann, Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music and Todd Dulaney each picked up six nominations, with Mali Music picking up an additional nomination for a feature film on a different project. Other nominees include Kelontae Gavin, Maverick City Music, Israel Houghton and Ricky Dillard.

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Winans and Pastor Mike, Jr. join McReynolds & Mali Music, Maverick City Music and Mann as nominees for Entertainer of the Year.

This year’s special honors will also honor recording artist and producer Aaron Lindsey with the Aretha Franklin Icon Award presented by Aflac, while conductor and recording artist Dillard will be honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. presented by Toyota. The Dr. Bobby Jones Ambassador Legends Award will be presented to Candi Staton.

The 37th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, led by Central City Productions, will return to Atlanta for a live taped ceremony on Saturday, July 16 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard-Kelly are set to co-host the ceremony, which will air on BET, BET Her and BET International next month, and syndicate in local markets between August 13 and September 11.

This year’s performers will include Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Maranda Curtis and Travis Greene.

“Gospel music has encouraged millions during more than two unrelenting years of the pandemic, and the Stellar Awards will once again celebrate and recognize the artists who bless us with their inspiring sounds,” said said Don Jackson, President/CEO of Central City Productions, which created the Stellar Awards. “Those who love black, religious and family-centric programming can look forward to both the Stellar Awards and all that our Stellar TV network has to offer when it premieres in September.”

For a full list of 2022 Stellar Awards nominees, visit thestellarawards.com.