*Performers have been announced for the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including the reunion of sister act, Mary Mary (Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell), and Snoop Dogg performing songs from his new gospel album “Songs of Love.”
The show will include an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor.
Celebrated as a “transcendent night of gospel music,” the ceremony will also feature performances by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, KeKe Wyatt, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Todd Dulaney, Koryn Hawthorne and Ricky Dillard & New G, among others.
Kirk Franklin is back as host of the show, which returns to Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 24.
The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country March 31 – May 6, 2018.
Mary Mary will open the show with their first performance in more than six years. Snoop Dogg will take the stage with Tye Tribbett.
Also, producer Don Jackson will bestow special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. Tamela Mann is this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham will receive The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
The Stellar Awards show taping is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 – $200 at www.ticketmaster.com.
SUMMARY OF 2018 STELLAR AWARDS TOP NOMINEES
Anthony Brown & group therAPy – 10 Nominations
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – 9 Nominations
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise – 9 Nominations
Travis Greene – 9 Nominations
Deitrick Haddon – 5 Nominations
Ricky Dillard – 5 Nominations
Marvin Sapp – 4 Nominations
The Williams Brothers – 3 Nominations
CeCe Winans – 3 Nominations
The Rance Allen Group– 3 Nominations
Bishop Paul S. Morton – 3 Nominations
Tina Campbell – 3 Nominations
Le’Andria Johnson – 2 Nominations