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Pastor Mike, Jr. Is Industry’s Top-Nominated Artist With 10 Nods

Tasha Cobbs Leonard Set to Co-Host 38th Annual Stellar Awards

Motown Gospel and Capitol CMG celebrate a staggering 28 Stellar Award nominations across the company’s chart-topping artist roster. With 10 nods, hitmaker Pastor Mike, Jr. earns the most nominations of any artist this year, a testament to the impact of his innovative music and the strength of his recent partnership with Motown Gospel & Capitol CMG’s Re:Think, via Blacksmoke Worldwide.

Tye Tribbett also dominates this year’s list, with 9 nominations for the fan-favorite album, All Things New, Tribbett’s first new album since 2017. The project is fueled by hits like “Get Up,” and three #1 radio singles—“We Gon’ Be Alright,” “Anyhow,” and “New.”

Fifteen-time Stellar Award-winner and powerhouse vocalist Tasha Cobbs Leonard is slated to co-host the star-studded awards taping alongside popular singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds. For her acclaimed Hymns project, which features hit singles “The Moment” and “The Church I Grew Up In,” Cobbs Leonard earns another 5 nominations to her credit, including for Artist of the Year.

Rounding out the roster’s nominated artists are Brian Courtney Wilson, whose latest album, Transitions, features the anthemic “Always Peace,” and Gene Moore, nominated for his feature on PJ Morton’s buzzed-about “The Better Benediction.”

“This year’s nominations are a true reflection of the creativity, the reach, and the impact of our artists and their incredible music,” says EJ Gaines, Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel and SVP of Marketing for Capitol CMG. 

Adds Monica Coates, Co-Executive Director and VP of A&R/Creative for Motown Gospel: “The past year has been such an exciting time for gospel music. I am grateful for everyone who has supported our artists and their visionary projects. I am especially thankful for Mr. Jackson and the team at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards for continuing to invest in this beloved genre.”

The 38th Annual Stellar Awards will be taped live on July 15, 2023 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on broadcast dates and times, visit

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