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Set to Give Special Award in Honor of the Beloved

GMWA and GAG Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

(In photo; Don Jackson and The Belle)

Exclusive – (October 1, 2014) — Washington, D.C. — The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, is moving to a new venue along with a new taping date in celebration of its 30th Anniversary milestone. The show will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a new Spring production date, shifting from January to March 28, 2015.

“I’m excited about the move and we believe it’s going to be the biggest ever.  We also believe the Orleans Arena can accommodate so much that we want to do and that’s so important,” said Don Jackson, founder & executive producer of The Stellar Awards.

Jackson, said, with the Grand Ole Opry there were limitations, and while the seating was fine, you still have to have support rooms for whatever workshops or concerts you may want to have and that’s what the Orleans Arena brings.

“We have also sort of paved the way for the GMWA to bring in some of their events for where we are going to be and that way we can reach their members and our fans.  Interesting some people have often said, we should do workshops and seminars, however that’s what the GMWA does,” said Jackson.

As a result, Jackson said, they are really excited about what they will be able to do together as they partner their efforts in Las Vegas.

When ask if there might be a challenge for Gospel music lovers to stay for the entire week, Jackson said, “Well we are planning to entice them, meaning we will be giving some incentives if they do stay for the entire week, meaning if they also stay for the Stellar Awards we will build in some discounts.”   Specifically, the discounts will include tickets to the Stellar Awards, the Pre-Show and some of the other activities being planned.

Jackson also told The Belle Report exclusively that it has been agreed upon that the Bobby Jones Legends Award will be given in memory to Al “The Bishop” Hobbs during the Stellar Awards, which is a direct tie to GMWA.

Prior to the Stellar Awards taping, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories.  Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held the morning of March 28 to honor the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences.  Tickets for each event are $30.00. 

To purchase your package, call 1-800-675-3267 between the hours of 7:00AM – 11:00PM (PST) seven days a week and mention The Stellar Awards to receive this special pricing.

For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website at ( ).

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