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The 38th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Honors Legends CeCe Winans, Dr. Bobby Jones and Rev. Dr. Milton Biggham


Premiering on the Newly-Launched Stellar Network, Performers Include Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Naomi Raine, Pastor Mike Jr., Maranda Curtis, Tim Bowman Jr. & Faith City Music, DOE, Dorothy Norwood, Zacardi Cortez, HLE and Lena Byrd Miles

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 29, 2023) — The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the most highly anticipated event in Gospel music, will celebrate its 38th edition on Saturday, July 15, 2023. The prestigious award ceremony will be taped live at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, promising an unforgettable evening of soul-stirring performances and well-deserved accolades. Hosted by Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, the Stellar Awards will pay tribute to three remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to the Gospel music industry.

CeCe Winans, an iconic figure in the genre, will be honored with the esteemed Aretha Franklin Icon Award, recognizing her exceptional talent and enduring impact. Additionally, Rev. Dr. Milton Biggham will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring his lifetime dedication to spreading the uplifting message of Gospel music. Dr. Bobby Jones, a true legend in Gospel music, will be honored with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award, acknowledging his outstanding contributions and influential career.

The lineup of performers at the 38th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will feature powerhouse performances by Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Naomi Raine, Pastor Mike, Jr., Maranda Curtis, Tim Bowman, Jr. & Faith City Music, DOE, Dorothy Norwood and Zacardi Cortez. The emerging voices stage will showcase the incredible talents of HLE and Lena Byrd Miles, providing a platform for these rising stars. Additional performers and presenters will also be announced.

The Stellar Awards Red Carpet Special pre-show will be televised on the newly launched Stellar TV Network on Sunday, July 30 at 5pm ET, followed by The 38th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards telecast at 6pm ET. The Stellar Network can be found on Charter Spectrum and Verizon Fios. Viewers may check with their local provider for availability in their area. Both shows will be available on-demand via Xumo Play at a later date. The ceremony will also air in national broadcast syndication from August 7 through September 10, 2023.

Tickets for the Stellar pre-show and main awards ceremony are now available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com.

In addition to the main awards ceremony, the Stellar Gospel Music Awards is excited to introduce the Stellar+ Experience (Stellar+EXP). This ultimate fan experience will provide attendees and participants with a completely personalized experience, featuring concerts, discussions, master classes, and much more. As a multi-generational family weekend event, the addition of Stellar+EXP will heighten the festivities and create a unique atmosphere of faith, fellowship, music, and fun. Now, fans can enjoy three full days of brand-new interactive activities, offering engagement opportunities with their favorite artists and immersion into the world of Gospel music.

The Stellar+ Experience events will take place at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Wednesday, July 12, to Friday, July 14, 2023. Limited edition passes are now available for purchase, ranging from $60 to $250, at www.eventbrite.com. For the full event schedule and more information, visit stellarplusexperience.com.

The 38th Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production and Producer. Michael A. Johnson will produce and direct this year’s award show.

For more information about the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, please visit www.stellarawards.com. Some of the biggest names in Gospel will be appearing as participants in this year’s show – stay tuned for future announcements and follow @thestellars on Instagram and Twitter, or Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Facebook for the latest news and updates about the Greatest Night in Gospel Music.


CeCe Winans Honoree, The Aretha Franklin Icon Award
Dr. Bobby Jones Honoree, The Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award
Rev. Dr. Milton Biggham Honoree, The James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award


Kierra Sheard-Kelly
Naomi Raine
Pastor Mike, Jr.
Zacardi Cortez
Tim Bowman, Jr. & Faith City Music
Dorothy Norwood
Maranda Curtis

2023 Stellar Awards Nominees


Pastor Mike, Jr. – 10 Nominations
Tye Tribbett – 9 Nominations
Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin – 6 Nominations
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – 5 Nominations
Zacardi Cortez – 5 Nominations
DOE* – 5 Nominations
Tamela Mann – 4 Nominations
Maranda Curtis – 3 Nominations
Travis Greene & Forward City* – 3 Nominations
JJ Hairston – 3 Nominations
Brent Jones* – 3 Nominations
Bishop S.Y. Younger feat. Sounds of the Ramp* – 3 Nominations

* Denotes first time nominee

To view the complete list of nominees CLICK HERE


2023 Stellar+ EXP & Sanctioned Events

Stellar+ EXP
The Stellar+EXP merges art, innovation, and music while spreading awareness about pressing issues in today’s society. With over 15,000 participants every year, the Stellar Awards continue to attract a diverse audience. The Stellar+EXP offers additional activities and experiences for guests during their time at the Stellar Awards. For the full event schedule,  visit stellarplusexperience.com.

Stellar Celebrity Basketball Game
Stellar TV & Bear Tag Entertainment invite everyone to the Doolittle Center in Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, July 13th for the 2023 Stellar Celebrity Basketball Game!
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Midnight Gospel Bowling
The Official Kickoff Praise Party
Thursday, July 13, 2023
10:00pm PST – 12:00am PST

The Orleans
4500 West Tropical Ave
Las Vegas, NV


For over 50 years in television programming targeted to Black audiences, Central City Productions has become the most recognized and respected company in the Faith-based community. Going forward we are excited about the continued success we will enjoy in the launch of our Stellar Network. The Stellar Network fills the void for a Family-Friendly, entertainment, lifestyle network targeting Black audiences. Stellar Network is the first in uplifting content with positive, inspirational and entertainment programming. Stellar’s Goal is to be the most preferred network to Black audiences in the country.


The Stellar Awards is the first and only Gospel Music Awards show in the country, honoring Gospel Music artists, writers, and industry professionals for their contributions to the Gospel Music Industry. The Stellar Awards ranks high in status as the only Gospel Music television awards program syndicated in over 140 markets nationwide. For more information, please visit www.thestellarawards.com.


Central City Productions, Inc. is Chicago’s premier TV Production Company. With 46 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, Central City Productions (CCP) is a leader in minority-targeted television. CCP is a full-service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all of its programs.

Last modified: July 3, 2023