Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Tamela Mann join Stellar Awards Lineup

The Stellar Awards returns to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017 and will air on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Tamela Mann

Gospel’s big night just got a whole lot bigger. Set to take the stage this year with powerful worship performances at the 2017 Stellar Awards are Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bizzle, Canton Jones, Da’ Truth, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, VaShawn Mitchell, Tasha Cobbs, Doug Williams, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson & Da Chozen Brothaz.kirk franklin will peform

The Stellar Awards show taping is open to the public. Gospel legend, Spencer Taylor (of the Highway QC’s) is this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees include:  Fred Hammond, Mississippi Mass Choir and Dr. Leonard Scott.

Tamela Mann leads the nominations with nine. She’s nominated for Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year. She’s also up for CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year.

With seven and six nominations respectively, veterans Hezekiah Walker and Kirk Franklin were recognized for Male Vocalist of the Year, Choir of the Year, Contemporary Choir of the Year and Contemporary Male of the Year. Franklin also received a nod for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year and Contemporary CD of the Year.

The Stellar Awards returns to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017 and will air on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Pictured: Tamela Mann and Kirk Franklin (Photo by Moses Robinson/O.P.M Photography)

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