Well, spread the word. The nominations for the 22nd Annual Stellar Awards have been released to the public by Central City Productions. This year's big recepient include Donald Lawrence; packing a chunky eight nods in all. Other keynote contenders include Myron Butler (with Levi) with nominations for Best New Artist and Kirk Franklin - both sharing a total of seven nominations. Israel Houghton, CeCe Winans and Tye Tribbett also have a bundle of nominations on their plate as well. An interesting place to watch over are Malcolm Williams & Great Faith and Youthful Praise being nominated in the Choir of the Year category. There is also a new category this year for the popular Praise-And-Worship style of music in gospel. Juanita Bynum, Byron Cage, Vickie Yohe and Kevin Burroughs Neely were nominated in that category. An excellent independent project we covered and reviewed on PRAYZEHYMNOnline.com by Kevin Turner is also nominated for Instrumental CD of the Year. Sadly, Norman Hutchins, Andrae' Crouch and Judith Christie-McAllister were not nominated this time around for their excellent albums. Maybe next year's list of nominations will earn their attention.
Often dubbed lately as being the BET Awards of Gospel music, the Stellars will once again celebrate their next award show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN on January 13, 2007.
For more details and the full list of nominees, click here.