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The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is set to air live from its familiar home of Nashville, TN.  Broadcasting luve from the Grand Ole Opry, the awards show will air on GMC (Gospel Music Channel) for the first time ever. For the past 27 years the show has been taped and re-aired on several syndicated channels but in 2013 all of that will change. The show will take place on January 19, 2013 .

Mary Mary leads the nominations with 9 and will also co-host the show with Kirk Franklin. Others nominated are Charles Jenkins with 8 nominations, Marvin Sapp and Fred Hammond have 6 nomination and Isaac Carree and Andre Crouch have 5 each. Bishop TD Jakes will receive the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award; the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to gospel music great Kurt Carr ; and the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award will be bestowed upon Inez Andrews for her contributions to the industry.

The Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) produces the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. It has been 27 years since the first awards show was taped at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, and the Stellar Awards has now become the premier Gospel event that recognizes and honors African American artists. This one of a kind award show has showcased top Gospel artists and many television and film stars.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is executive produced by Don Jackson and produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original programming to television and cable networks.

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