For many years, Christian music award shows have been a source of frustration rather than encouragement for the emerging Christian Hip Hop community. Eligible slots in appropriate categories are typically given to artists who don’t fully resonate with the target audience. But for this year’s awards cycle, fans definitely have more to be encouraged about. The Stellar Awards announced their first ballot of nominations for all categories in preparation for their 29th annual show, and the list of urban nominees is an impressive collection of credible names.
For the category of Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year, the category was peppered with Reach Records artists: Lecrae for his critically-acclaimed Gravity album, Andy Mineo for Heroes for Sale, Derek Minor for Minorville and KB for his debut-album Weight & Glory. But beyond the typical Reach love was even more of Christian Hip Hop’s shining stars. Bizzle is on the ballot for The Good Fight, along with Sho Baraka’s recently released Talented 10th album. Finishing off the ballot is veteran artist Thi’sl for Free From the Trap and the Collision Records powerful posse with their recent group album W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings).
Furthermore, the Awards showered Lecrae with ballot spots for his Dove-Award winning song “Tell the World” in the Best Music Video and Urban/Inspirational Single/Performance of the Year categories, his feature with Chaka Khan for Urban/Inspirational Single/Performance of the Year, the Gravity album for Overall CD of the Year, Gravity in the lesser-known Recorded Music Packaging category, as well as the show’s highest honor: Gospel Artist of the Year. And in one of the most surprising ballot choices, Reach Records newbies KB and Andy Mineo both garnered nominations for New Artist of the Year. Congratulations to all the artists involved, but more importantly to the Stellar Awards for recognizing the contributions these faithful artists have made to Gospel Music.
Be on the lookout for the finals nominations list in all categories!