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Nominee Announcement! Who Will Win at the 2023 Stellar Awards?

Clockwise: Pastor Mike Jr, Tye Tribbett, Tamela Mann, JJ Hairston

Official nominations for the 2023 Stellar Awards have been announced, and it's a stacked group of talent.

Central City Productions announced the nominees in 25 categories for the 38th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Taping will take place on Saturday, July 15 at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena and will premiere on the newly-launched Stellar TV between Monday, July 24 and August 6, 2023, as well as air in national broadcast syndication from August 7 through September 10, 2023.

This year's telecast will be hosted by Stellar Award winners Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Jonathan McReynolds.

Eleven-time Stellar Award winner Pastor Mike, Jr. leads the field of nominees this year with ten (yes, 10!) nominations.

Right behind Pastor Mike, Jr. is Tye Tribbett with nine nominations.

Other artists earning multiple Stellar nominations include: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Maverick City Music, Travis Greene & Forward City, JJ Hairston, Maranda Curtis, Bishop S.Y. Younger feat. Sounds of the Ramp, and Brent Jones.

This year’s James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Reverend Milton Biggham, Pastor of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and founder of several mass choirs, including The Miami Mass Choir, The Mississippi Mass Choir, the Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir, and the Georgia Mass Choir.

For a list of all nominees in each category, please visit the 2023 nominees page or visit

Tickets are available now at

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.


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