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The 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Premieres on
GMC Saturday, February 11th, 2012

SHOW DESCRIPTION: The Stellar Awards, the premier Gospel music event recognizing and honoring African-American artists, airs its 27th annual awards show with all-star performances by Kirk Franklin, James Fortune and FIYA, Earnest Pugh, Le’Andria Johnson, Fred HammondKim Burrell, Martha Munizzi, Jessica Reedy, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Da’Truth, Ricky Dilliard and New G, William McDowell, Canton Jones and hip-hop gospel artist, Lecrae, who impressively received two nominations in the same category. Hosted by Marvin Sapp and Dorinda Clark Cole, this year’s show will honor John P. Kee, Vy Higgensen, and Dorothy Norwood with special awards/performances from Isaac Caree and former members of New life Community Choir, Zacardi Cortez, Lowell Pye and Sheila Lakion.

Additional celebrities and artists in attendance include, Vashawn Mitchell, Smokie NorfulKeith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Byron Cage, Karen Clark SheardKurt Carr, Beverly Crawford, Kierra Sheard, Deon Dipping, Jason Nelson, Dottie Peoples and DeForest B. Soaries among others.

GMC TELECAST: Saturday, February 11th, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST on GMC

The show will air in national syndication from January 21, 2012 to February 26, 2012. Below are just a few air-dates & times in some of the major markets. For a complete list of air-dates, visit the Stellar Awards website (

Atlanta, GA (FOX) – February 4, 2012, 4PM

Washington, DC (CW) – February 12, 2012, 1PM

Philadelphia, PA (MyNetworkTV) – February 5, 2012, 3PM

Houston, TX (MyNetworkTV) – January 21, 2012, 7PM

Detroit, MI (WADL-TV) – February 5, 2012, 8PM

Norfolk, VA (FOX) – January 29, 2012, 12PM & February 12, 2012, 1PM

Charlotte, NC (ABC) – February 26, 2012, 2PM

Cleveland-Akron, OH (ABC) – February 5, 2012, 1PM

St. Louis, MO (MyNetworkTV) – February 19, 2012, 5PM

Orlando-Dayton Beach, FL (WRDQ-TV) – February 5, 2012, 3PM

Birmingham, AL (ABC) – February 12, 2012, 12PM

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA (KOFY-TV) – February 25, 2012, 3PM

Richmond-Petersburg, VA (FOX) – February 12, 2012, 3PM

Jackson, MS (ABC) – January 29, 2012, 12PM

Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC (FOX) – February 12, 2012, 1PM

Nashville, TN (MyNetworkTV) – February 5, 2012, 7PM

Indianapolis, IN (WHMB-TV) – January 26, 2012, 8PM & February 23, 2012, 8PM

Columbus, OH (W23BZ-TV) – January 21, 2012, 8PM

Shreveport, LA (MyNetworkTV) – January 25, 2012, 8PM

Milwaukee, WI (MyNetworkTV) – January 29, 2012, 3PM

Savannah, GA (FOX) – January 29, 2012, 1PM

Pittsburgh, PA (MyNetworkTV) – February 12, 2012, 3PM

Charleston, SC (ABC) –  January 21, 2012, 2PM

Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI – January 29, 2012, 12:30PM

Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) – February 5, 2012, 12:30PM

HOSTED BY: Marvin Sapp and Dorinda Clark Cole

SPECIAL APPEARANCES: Dr. Bobby Jones, Cece Winans, Tina Campbell (Mary Mary), Shirley Caesar and Kim Fields


PRODUCER: Barbara Wilson

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Interview opportunities are available with hosts Marvin Sapp and Dorinda Clark Cole, special awards honorees John P. Kee, Vy Higgensen, and Dorothy Norwood, and producers Don Jackson (CEO, Central City Productions, Inc.) and Barbara Wilson.

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ABOUT CCP: Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) has produced The Stellar Gospel Music Awards for 26 years. The first show was taped at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago and The Stellar Awards has since evolved into a premier Gospel event recognizing and honoring African American artists. An original awards show, it has propelled and showcased top Gospel artists and countless television and film stars. The ever-expanding roster of celebrity appearances on the Stellar Awards has included such notable personalities as Lou Gossett, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, The Winans, Clifton Davis, Yolanda Adams, Vicki Winans, Tyler Perry, Aretha Franklin, Idris Alba, Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker and countless others. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is executive produced by Don Jackson and produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original programming to television and cable networks. For more information please visit

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