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 Hammond, Kim 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 Norful, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Byron Cage, Karen Clark Sheard, Kurt 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 (http://www.thestellarawards.com).
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
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Don Jackson
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.
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 www.ccptv.com
ABOUT GMC: GMC (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ recently awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC was the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor in 2010. GMC can be seen in more than 51 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/gmctv and http://twitter.com/gmctv.
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