Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from Target Market New
(Trice Edney Wire) The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the biggest night in Gospel music, will mark its milestone 30th Anniversary with a move to a new venue and taping date. Central City Productions, which produces the annual awards spectacular, has announced that the telecast will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a new Spring production date, shifting from January to March 28, 2015.
“I am excited about moving The Stellar Awards to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in a bigger, more elegant venue,” said Don Jackson, founder and executive producer of The Stellar Awards. “The 30th Anniversary of The Stellar Awards will mark the longest running Black awards show in television and we wanted to commemorate this historic occasion in a first class venue that we know our Gospel music stars and guests will enjoy.”
“Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, and we are excited to welcome The Stellar Awards to our great city,” said Oscar B. Goodman, former mayor and now the Chairman of the Las Vegas Host Committee. “As the official ambassador of Las Vegas, I look forward to welcoming The Stellar Awards and showing them how much we appreciate them choosing our destination.”
“We are honored to welcome The Stellar Awards to The Orleans, and we look forward to hosting thousands of gospel music fans from across the country,” said Tony Taeubel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Orleans Hotel & Casino. “The Orleans has significant experience hosting nationally televised award shows including the Academy of Country Music Fan Jam and the Soul Train Awards. We’re thrilled that they have chosen the Orleans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Stellar Awards.”
Each year, The Stellar Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Gospel music icons and individuals instrumental in advocating for Gospel music. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country during the Easter holiday season from April 5 – May 3, 2015.
Artist submissions for Stellar Awards consideration will be accepted from September 1 – September 30, 2014. Per changes to last year’s eligibility criteria, projects qualified for consideration this year must have a release date between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Additional rules, regulations and the online submission form will be posted at www.thestellarawards.com.
Prior to the Stellar Awards taping, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories. Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held the morning of March 28 to honor the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences.
“We are also pleased that the Orleans Arena complex will provide our guests with a one stop destination to attend all of the new and exciting events taking place for our 30th Anniversary production,” says Jackson.