CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS’ STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS SHIFTS PLAN TO A SAFER-AT-HOME VIRTUAL PRODUCTION OF ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, PREMIERING 3Q2020
RENOWNED ANNUAL SALUTE WILL RETURN AS A LIVE TELEVISION PRODUCTION TO LAS VEGAS’ ORLEANS ARENA IN MARCH 2021
KIRK FRANKLIN JOINS JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS AND KORYN HAWTHORNE TO CO-HOST THE GREATEST NIGHT IN GOSPEL MUSIC WITH SPECIAL SALUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS
Though celebrating the milestone 35th Anniversary of theStellar Gospel Music Awardshas been delayed due to the ongoing global health crisis and pandemic of COVID-19, Central City Productions today announced plans to produce the “Greatest Night in Gospel Music” as a two-hour virtual awards telecast that will air during 3Q of this year. Replacing the live taping previously rescheduled for August in Las Vegas, the new show format will harness the power of technology and creative television production to honor the best in Gospel music. The virtual production will acknowledge all award winners from the Stellar Awards pre-show and main show, with select categories being presented in the broadcast. The broadcast will also feature inspirational performances from Gospel music’s most celebrated artists, and special tributes to first responder heroes on the front lines of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.
“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic closing venues in Las Vegas, we are producing our Stellar Awards as a virtual at-home television special to honor our Stellar Award 2020 nominees and winners, that will still raise the roof for our fans at home with great Gospel music performances in a new format,” said Stellar Awards Founder and Executive ProducerDon Jackson. “Also, it gives us the opportunity to honor COVID-19 first responder heroes in appreciation of the great work they are doing to save lives during this pandemic. We hope to further inspire these heroes with tributes of thanks from our Gospel music cast of Stellar winners and performances.”
Joining previously announced first time co-hostsJonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorneis Stellar Awards veteran host,Kirk Franklin. The superstar trio will work together to keep the virtual television praise party lifted and flowing seamlessly throughout the evening. Confirmed performers includeDonnie McClurkin, James Fortune, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Pastor Mike Jr., Kierra Sheard,andDoe, with more to be announced.
An important tradition at the Stellar Awards will be held for next year’s 2021 show, where Jackson will bestow well-deserved special honors and recognition upon Gospel greats who have elevated the genre. The previously named recipients –The Clark Sisters, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Pastor Shirley Caesarin addition to Gospel music industry leadersDr. Leonard Scott, Skip Barrett, Kerry Douglas, and Dr. Teresa Hairston–will be celebrated for their contributions to Gospel music when The Stellar Awards returns to Las Vegas next Spring in March 2021.