The 33rd Annual Stellar Award nominations were announced today in Chicago in a live streaming event featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Anthony Brown. Premiere Gospel label Motown Gospel received 11 nominations across several categories.
The label celebrates a first-time nominee this year. Gospel/soul singer Gene Moore secured a nomination in the New Artist of the Year category and was recognized for his work on his debut album, “The Future.” R&B icon Kenny Lattimore, garnered his second Stellar Award nod for his exceptional Christmas album, “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas,” in the Special Event CD of the Year category.
Tasha Cobbs Leonard racked up nine nominations and received the most nods by a female artist this year, including Artist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Praise & Worship CD of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year.
Her smash single, “I’m Getting Ready,” which she recently performed on Good Morning America to rave reviews, gained her a nomination for Urban/Inspirational Song of the Year. She, along with her husband, producer, and music director Kenneth Leonard, Jr., collected a nomination for Producer of the Year, while the project also received a nod for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.
“It is a genuine joy to have our artists recognized by their peers and fans for their hard work and creative vision over the past year,” shared Monica Coates, VP of A&R, Motown Gospel. “We are humbled by the opportunity to launch the career of Gene Moore, and to partner with established artists like Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Kenny Lattimore as they continue to redefine the sound and spirit of modern gospel music.”
The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards will be taped March 24 in Las Vegas, NV and will be televised nationally on TV One Network.
About Motown Gospel
Motown Gospel is one of the most prominent gospel music companies in the world, boasting two decades of chart-topping and award-winning artists, albums and songs. Owned by Capitol Christian Music Group/Universal Music Group, the world’s leading Christian Music company and market leader in recorded music, distribution, and music publishing, Motown Gospel’s artist roster has included Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Smokie Norful, Tye
Tribbett, VaShawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard and more.