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19th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

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GOSPEL MUSIC'S BRIGHTEST STARS TO ELECTRIFY
THE STAGE IN HOUSTON AT THE
19th ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS

CO-HOSTS YOLANDA ADAMS, KIRK FRANKLIN AND DONNIE MCCLURKIN
AMONG THE ALL-STAR LINE-UP FOR THIS YEAR'S TELEVISION
AWARD SHOW TAPING ON JANUARY 10, 2004

Houston, TX - Houston's own Yolanda Adams will share co-hosting honors with popular gospel artists Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin at the 19th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on January 10. This will be the Stellar Awards' first time in the "Lone Star State" of Texas at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Some of the top talent from traditional and contemporary gospel in spiritual tandem with stars from the world of entertainment will be on hand to celebrate gospel music's finest. The all-star line-up of performers include Mary Mary, the "Prince of Praise" Byron Cage, Hezekiah Walker, Cece Winans, Vickie Winans, Tonex featuring Sheila E. , Dietrick Haddon, Karen Clark Sheard, Natalie Wilson and S.O.P. , Rizen, Darius Brooks and Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's.

Leading the pack with nominations are Deitrick Haddon and Vicki Winans, vying for the most prestigious award in gospel music. Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir placed second to Haddon and Winans with six nominations, while Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Byron Cage and Lee Williams picked up five nods each. This year's presenters include neo-soul artist Musiq, "American Idol" winner and recording artist Ruben Studdard, Twinkie Clark, Rance Allen, Kim Burrell, Lonnie Hunter, The Kenoly Brothers, Papa San, Ramiyah and Lil Irocc Williams and surprise guests.

A special tribute to gospel legend Pastor Shirley Caesar, recipient of this year's James Cleveland Award, will be a special moment of the show. The James Cleveland Award is given annually to an artist who has made a major impact in the development and advancement of gospel music. In addition, Kirk Franklin will be inducted into the Stellar Awards Hall of Fame. This honor is bestowed upon an artist for outstanding achievements and major impact made on the gospel music industry through standout performance, writing and career record sales.



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