Exclusive:2013 Stellar Hosts Announced


Kirk Franklin and Gospel Duo Mary Mary Chosen to Host the 2013 Stellar Awards in Nashville, Tennessee!

By Naomi Richard

Central City Production, producer of The Stellar Awards for Gospel Music, has confirmed that legendary gospel giants Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary will host the 2013 Award Show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, set for tapping on January 19.

For nearly two decades now, Texas native Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music, and a mirror of Christian humanity boldly reflecting what one faith walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts God gives.

Franklin is a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip-hop, pop and R&B.  His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard’s Gospel and Christian charts.  He is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show “Sunday Best,” the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history!

Franklin has garnered 7 Grammy® Awards, 35 Stellar Awards, 11 Dove Awards, 5 NAACP Image Awards, 2 BET Awards, an American Music Award and numerous others.

Mary Mary can best be described as UNSTOPPABLE!  That is the most all encompassing one word description for the dynamic sister duo – Erica & Tina Campbell.  With their platinum-selling, Grammy-winning® debut album, Thankful, Mary Mary hit a homerun, due in large part to the broad success of its first single, Shackles (Praise You), in 2000.  Their sophomore follow-up, Incredible, was released in 2002 and was certified gold, before the group released such hits as Heaven, The Real Party, and Yesterday.

Their success continued with the release of an acclaimed holiday project, a Mary Mary Christmas, in 2006.  It is Mary Mary’s The Sound (2008), however, that sparked Mary Mary’s mainstream success to date, bowing at No 7 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the publication’s R&B/hip-hop chart, as well as garnering numerous awards for the album, and for its record-breaking single God In Me.

With no signs of slowing down or stopping, Mary Mary hit the charts in March 2011 straight to the TOP 10 with Something Big – the ladies sixth studio offering.  Something Big turned out to be just that with 2 Grammy® nominations, a NAACP Image Award Nomination and 2 Stellar Awards; in a word – UNSTOPPABLE!

In addition to their stellar music career, the dynamic duo successfully launched a television reality show earlier this year, Mary Mary, on WEtv set to premiere its second season on December 6, 2012.

Make plans now to attend the 2013 Stellar Awards in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry.  With this lineup set to steer the show, trust me, it’s going to be an epic event not to be missed.  Stay plugged in with the Award Show by visiting www.thestellarawards.com!

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