The Stellar Awards have announced their official date and location. “The 29th annual event will take place on January 18, 2014 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee”, as stated by Dennis Cole, administrator for Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy (SAGMA), the governing body of The Stellar Awards. After months of rumors of potential date changes and locations, the biggest weekend on the gospel music calendar remains in Music City.
The day begins with the Radio Station of the Year Awards which will honor the industry’s best radio stations and radio announcers. Terrestrial and Internet radio stations will be honored in five categories (Small, Medium, Large, Major, Internet). Submissions for all radio stations will begin on Sept. 2, 2013 at the Stellar Awards website (thestellarawards.com) and concludes on Sept. 30 at midnight ET. First round public & fan voting takes place Oct. 25-Nov. 8. The second round of voting takes place Nov. 25-Dec. 2 and is also open to the public.
Artist and album nomination submissions for the 29th Annual Stellar Awards is already underway. Eligibility requirements have changed for this year’s awards. The Stellar Awards Executive Committee has decided on the following criteria for project eligibility:
• The project must have been released during the eligibility period (July 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013)
• The project must be sold and played nationally.
• The project must chart in the TOP 25 on AT LEAST TWO of the Nielsen Charts (Billboard, SoundScan, or BDS)
• The person submitting the project must be a member of the Stellar Awards
Gospel Music Academy (SAGMA).
The final nominees in all categories will be announced as part of the 29th Annual Stellar Awards Press Conference.
Who will be this year’s hosts and performers? What are you most looking forward to for the upcoming Stellar Awards? No matter your preference, make plans to be a part of the 29th Annual Stellar Awards on January 18, 2014 in Nashville, TN.