In addition to a new location, the show has launched a new online contest, the "Take Me to the Stellar Awards Emerging Artist Competition." Via a free downloadable app, aspiring singers and songwriters are invited to submit material to compete for a chance to win a trip to The Stellar Awards, walk the red carpet and to perform their winning entry live at an event during the awards weekend. The entry fee is $8.99 and entries must be received by January 10, 2014. For more information on the competition visit: http://www.takemetothestellarawards.com.
Announced in December, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy earned eight nominations for their freshman effort, "Testimony." Nominations include "Song of the Year," "Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year," and "Contemporary CD of the Year." Joining them at the top of the nominee list, Tye Tribbett's "Greater Than" tied "Testimony" for the most recognition with eight nominations for "Artist of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," "CD of the Year," "Producer of the Year," "Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year," "Contemporary CD of the Year," "Urban/ Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year," and "Praise and Worship CD of the Year." Other artists to receive multiple nominations include Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs with seven nominations each and going head-to-head in the hotly-contested "Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year" and "CD of the Year" categories; gospel great Fred Hammond United Tenors with six nominations, including "Contemporary CD of the Year" and "Group/Duo of the Year"; and also vying for "Group/Duo of the Year" honors, contender John P. Kee & New Life receives four additional nods for the CD "Life of Favor."
The live show at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium is open to the public and tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) for all public events. Ticket prices range from $55 - $200. In addition, balcony seats are available for students for $35. For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website (www.thestellarawards.com). To join the conversation on social media and receive up-to-the minute updates on this year's show, "Like" The Stellar Awards on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/StellarAwards) and follow the Stellars on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheStellars) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/TheStellars)