Stellar Awards Honor the "Father of Gospel Music" with Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award

By Jenny Bennett | managing editor,
Posted: Mon, 11/10/2008 - 23:45

The 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Return to Nashville on January 17, 2009

Confirmed to perform on the show are Deitrick Haddon, Heather Headley, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Dionne Warwick and gospel rapper Da' T.R.U.T.H.

November 10, 2008 – Chicago, Ill. – Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Central City Productions, announced today that the "Most Notable Achievement Award," a special Stellar Gospel Music Award for recognition of individuals doing outstanding work in the gospel music community, will be renamed the "Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award" in honor of the late Thomas Dorsey, the 1930s creator and "Father of Gospel Music." Stellar awards veteran Vicki Winans will be the first recipient of the Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award. The 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be held, once again, at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on January 17, 2009. The show will be co-hosted by comedian Sinbad and the iconic Dorinda Clark Cole.

Gospel Music Channel (GMC), the nation's fastest-growing television network and the first and only 24/7 television network devoted to all forms of gospel music, will be the exclusive cable home for the 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. GMC will premiere the Stellar Awards on Sunday, March 1, 2009. For more information about the Gospel Music Channel, log on to

Also just announced are some of the confirmed performers for the star-studded awards show which include, Deitrick Haddon, Heather Headley, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Dionne Warwick, and gospel rapper Da' T.R.U.T.H., with more to come.

The Stellar Awards nominees were announced on October 21st and the full list of nominees is available at This year's list of nominees includes stars from every genre of gospel music including traditional, contemporary, urban and rap/hip-hop. Topping the list, with a phenomenal nine nominations, is chart-topping traditional gospel singer, Marvin Sapp who picks up nominations for "Song of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," and "Traditional Male of the Year," to name a few. Sapp is trailed by Jonathan Nelson with eight noms, and Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kirk Franklin who tie with five nominations each. Clark-Cole and Franklin will compete against Sapp in the "Artist of the Year" and "CD of the Year" categories.

Other special awards to be handed out include the "James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award" sponsored by Allstate, which will honor former Tramaine Hawkins music director, Daryl Coley, and the "Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award," sponsored by Walgreens, will go to last year's "Quartet of the Year," The Rance Allen Group. is the official search engine for the 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Go to for exclusive airing of the Stellar Awards Pre-Show, for the FIRST time ever. is also sponsoring the Stellar Award/RMD Fan Based Award Weekend Get-a-way, in which one lucky fan will win an opportunity to PRESENT a Stellar Award! Log on to for details.

The Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) produces the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. It has been 23 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, produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Michael Johnson will direct this year's award show, and Jennifer Jackson is the Executive in Charge of production. Erma Gray Davis is the President and Chief Operations Officer of 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. Please visit for more information.


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