Make a joyful noise. The 28th annual Stellar Awards will be held this weekend and it should be another amazing evening of gospel music from the genre’s biggest stars. Hosted by gospel stalwarts Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary, the Awards will be broadcast live on GMC from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 19th. If you miss it then, you’ll still have the chance to see it as the show will be syndicated for broadcast in 200 television markets through March 3rd.
“We’ve participated in the Stellar Awards for years and always look forward to it,” says Mary Mary’s Tina Campbell, according to a press release.”Serving as hosts this year with our friend and colleague Kirk Franklin is an added bonus- we’re looking forward to having an amazing time,” Erica Campbell of Mary Mary said.
Mary Mary and Pastor Charles Jenkins and the Fellowship Choir are the leading nominees with nine nods apiece. Jenkins’ nominations include Best New Artist for their CD “Best of Both Worlds” and Best Artist and Song of the Year. Marvin Sapp and Fred Hammond have six nominations apiece, while Andrae Crouch has five. Bishop T.D. Jakes will be honored with the Thomas Dorsey Notable Achievement Award and late gospel icon Inez Andrews will be awarded the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Kurt Carr will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.
The lengthy list of performers on the Stellar Awards this year include the aforementioned Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Choir, Mary Mary, The Kurt Carr Singers, LeAndria Johnson, Marvin Sapp, Marvin Winans, Maurette Brown Clark, Shirley Caesar, Tamela Mann, Delores Washington, Donnie McClurkin, Dorothy Norwood, Dottie Peoples, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Jason Nelson, Kierra Clark Sheard, Tye Tribbett, and more. Presenters include Andrae Crouch, singer LeToya Luckett, Lexi, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Rance Allen, actor Rockmond Dunbar, and Shawn Thompson.
This is the first time in its history that the Stellar Awards will be broadcast live. The live telecast is open to the public who can go to Ticketmaster http://www.ticketmaster.com for tickets priced from $55 – $200. (Student balcony tickets will also be offered for $35). Tickets are also available for pre-telecast awards held on Friday January 18 at the Opry. That event will be hosted by Lexi and VaShawn Mitchell with William Murphy and Dorinda Clark Cole performing, among others. Tickets for that event can be purchased via http://www.tpac.org.
Short in Stature - Tall in Talent
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1. Singer, songwriter, roecord producer, dancer and actor Ne-Yo is 5'8" ... maybe 5'10" with his fedora. (Retna)
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2. Comedian, actor and all-around funny guy Kevin Hart is around 5’2. (Retna)
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3. Prince is somewhere between 4'11" and 5'2" depending on his heels. However, when he's on stage he seems nine feet tall.
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4. Usher Raymond is around 5’8 although he seems taller. (PR Photos)
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5. Rapper and actor Bow Wow also is around 5’7". His swag makes up for his height. (PR Photos)
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6. Record producer, songwriter and rapper Jermaine Dupri stands around 5'4"
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7. Sexy rocker, singer/songwriter, designer and actor Lenny Kravitz is around 5'7" too. (Retna)
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8. Lil Wayne is 5'5" and since he goes by 'Lil Wayne, it was a dead giveaway.
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9. Singer & songwriter Musiq Soulchild is 5'6".
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10. Singer and Songwriter CeeLo Green is 5'6".
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11. Tom Cruise is 5’7". Nicole Kidman announced after their split "I can wear heels again"! (PR Photos)
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12. R&B singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Omarion is 5'.6". He is multi-talented. (PR Photos)
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13. R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer D’Angelo also is 5'6". (The Urban Daily)
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14. Bruno Mars is around 5'2" but with his current hairstyle, he's probably around 5'9"! (Retna)
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Supergroups: From Solo Artists to Bandmates
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1. Tyrese, Tank, and Ginuwine formed the R&B Group TGT. (PR)
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2. Gerald Levert, Johnny Gill, and Keith Sweat formed the group LSG. (Retna)
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3. Gospel's "The King's Men" are comprised of Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton.(elev8)
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4. Rappers Kanye West and Jay-z make up the Hip-Hop Duo "The Throne." (AP)
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5. Danger Mouse of Broken Bells and Cee-Lo Green of Goodie Mob teamed together to create Gnarls Barkley. (PR)
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6. Although not officially a group Brandy & Monica have done tours and many songs together. (PR)
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7. Nas and Damien Marley joined forces briefly for an album and tour titled "Distant Relatives." (PR)
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8. Group members turned solo-artists Raphael Saadiq and Dawn Robinson formed the group Lucy Pearl. (PR)
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9. Little know that Jay-Z, Ja Rule, and DMX joined to create group Murder Inc. but after a few songs it fell through.(PR)
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10. Eminem teamed up with rapper Royce Da 5'9 to create group Bad Meets Evil in 2008. (PR)
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11. Ice Cube formed Westside connection with Mack 10 and WC. The group lasted 2 albums. (PR)
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12. First a fictional group, Milestone; K-Ci, Jojo, Babyface, Kevon, & Melvin Edmonds turned into a real group briefly. (PR)
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13. Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and Warren G joined forces to create the group 213 releasing one album. (AP)
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