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Friday, April 3, 2015

5 Tips for Building Brand Believers

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(Black PR Wire) -- Bernadette Morris, CEO and President of Black PR Wire, and Raschanda Hall, Director of Global Media Relations at Business Wire, co-hosted a conference spotlighting the best practices in multicultural marketing. Hall explained that it was important to understand how to tap into the Black market because “according to Target Market News, the Black American economy already represents the 20th largest market in the world.” The event was initially described as a webinar on how to best reach the Black market, however, what resulted was a fantastic discussion that applied to all developing campaigns, reflecting how connected society has become in a digital world.

1. Multicultural Markets are more Connected than Ever Before

Communications professional Danyele L.C. Davis, Vice President of Flowers Communications Group, explained that multicultural markets are more connected than ever before.

“The one thing I really want to dispel is that total market is not general market.”

Flowers Communication Group has successfully implemented the Cultural Fusion Model: Assess, Embrace, and Customize. Targeting minority markets the way they were targeted in the past is outdated and destined to alienate your target audience. Millennials see themselves completely differently and the best way to reach them is to assess cultural nuances.

2. Who Influences Your Target Market?

Courtney Cunningham, Esq., Co-Founder and Managing Director of Commonground/MGS, explained that minorities, like all people, are influenced by region, religion, and upbringing. He referenced a series of commercials in which a Black male is shown failing at many attempts to use household products to do some basic cleaning. This example showcases how a target market is not being effectively reached because the people behind the advertising campaign have a misconception that minority males do not know how to take care of a household. He compared his reaction when watching the commercials to that of a professional lawyer watching a highly dramatized courtroom drama. The result is that you know what you are watching is fake, a stereotype.


3. Don’t Just Target Your Market, Go to Them!

Danyele L.C. Davis brings up the example of technology and faith. The accepted idea was that cell phones had no place in church. It was considered a big “no-no.” That notion has since changed and the only way to know that is to be immersed in the community. The result was a newfound knowledge that Bible apps and selfies are regularly being used as a mode to connect in church and are quickly becoming integral to the faith community. It was the authenticity behind her attempts to understand this community that led her to identify current trends and make an impact with the #inspiredmobility campaign.

4. Employees Must Be Brand Ambassadors

Alicia R. Alston, Vice President of Global Communications at Prudential Financial, Inc., stressed the importance of authenticity when attempting to build a connection with a market. She expressed that creating a legitimate and lasting connection with a market can only occur when the people responsible for implementing a campaign have a clear understanding of both the target market and their respective community. Alston makes the point that “employees be brand ambassadors for us” in regards to how employees should represent their respective companies.


5. There’s More Than One Type of Marketing

Amber Bullock, Executive VP, Community & Youth Engagement for American Legacy Foundation, has been engaged in what is called counter marketing. American Legacy Foundation has been behind the easily recognized Truth anti-tobacco campaign, aimed at educating and influencing the public by exposing the dangers of using tobacco products. Bullock believes that to be successful in today’s world of communication, the emphasis must be placed on people and not the product.

The hour-long conference was followed by half an hour of question and answer. There was a clear consent amongst the group that the communication landscape is changing and it is important to understand what those changes are in order to connect with any target market. The millennial generation is not only forcing the industry to rethink the concept of multicultural marketing, but marketing in a much broader sense. Ultimately, all marketing is target marketing because the idea of a general market is one that is at best misconceived.
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Willie Moore Jr. Is Set to Host The Nightly Spirit with Willie Moore Jr. Weekdays Beginning March 9

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After months of sifting through gospel talent, Willie Moore, Jr. fills the spot left
 vacant by James Fortune
The Inspirational Entertainer’s New Show Will Air Monday-Friday 7-11pm ET

Atlanta, GA -- Broadcast personality Willie Moore Jr. is the new, host  inspirational radio show  The Nightly Spirit with Willie Moore Jr. The Show will feature the very best in inspirational music uplifting listeners through engaging content, a focus on a higher power, humor, interviews, and poignant interactions.

Widely known throughout the spiritual community as a celebrated performer and motivational speaker, Moore has impacted the masses through various media channels and ministry partnerships. Over the years, he has worked with Joyce Meyer Ministries, Bishop Gary Macintosh, and Bishop Dale C. Bronner’s Word of Faith Ministries and many others. Moore is a revered visionary, devoted husband and father and is determined to make a positive impression through music, media, and family entertainment. He is media savvy with hundreds of thousands of social media followers and over three million views on YouTube. Willie Moore Jr. has traveled the world inspiring others distinctively using humor with music to bridge the gap between “the street” and the church.

“This is an awesome opportunity to inspire the nation every night, I’m so excited! God’s best gifts are not things, but opportunities and with this opportunity we will change the world! FLATOUT,” exclaims Willie Moore Jr.

Moore’s latest album Best Of Both Worlds debuted independently on three Billboard Charts and landed him a Stellar Award nomination. Most recently, Moore has been the host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Praise Mix Down” in addition to being the Executive Producer of the Willie Moore Jr. Live Flatout TV Show; Moore is also the servant leader of the national youth organization Young Fly & Saved.

CEO of REACH Media Inc., David Kantor says, “We’ve worked with Willie Moore Jr. both on air and at REACH Media events witnessing his incredible connection with his audience.  Willie’s enthusiasm and passion are the essential elements to make this a successful show for affiliates and the shows advertisers.”

Listen to The Nightly Spirit with Willie Moore Jr. weekdays from 7:00pm – 11:00pm ET.
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Meet the man behind the 'Say Yes' video

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For director Matthew Cherry the only thing to do is say yes when asked to helm a music video for the reunion of the iconic girl group Destiny's Child, and of course show up at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards to accept at the Video Of The Year Honor held in Las Vegas Saturday.
  
After Michelle Williams teamed with her former band mates Beyonce and Kelly Rowland to record the smash single "Say Yes" she then turned to Cherry to direct the music video. The long awaited reunion of one of the most popular recording groups of all time, as most might expect, won the top video honor at the Stellar Awards.
  
"Winning Music Video of the year at the 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards is such an incredible honor and a huge surprise," said Cherry.  "I am so happy for Michelle, Beyonce, Kelly, and everyone on their various teams for creating an incredible song and for trusting us to bring the visual to life."   
  
Direrted by Cherry, the "Say Yes" video is a street party with Michelle, Beyonce and Kelly dancing, singing and--if only for a moment--transporting viewers back to the days when Destiny's Child dominated the charts.  The video is lush and colorful with a feel-good vibe.   Williams debuted the "Say Yes" video on Good Morning America and to-date the YouTube version has garnered over a million views.  Winner of the American Black Film Festival's Best Picture honors for "The Last Fall" this is Cherry's first award for music video directing.

"I want to thank Don Johnson and the good folks at Central City Productions, TV One and everyone who took the time to vote for the video," said Cherry.  I especially want to acknowledge everyone at E One Nashville, and all the crew members, actors, singers and dancers who were apart of the video, as film is truly a team effort. God is good."
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The GIT Awards 2015 happenon April 4

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Get Into This
4 April 2015
"The most exciting bands right now are from Liverpool. That is an irrefutable fact – it is therefore an honour to be involved with this year’s GIT Award"
Simon Raymonde, Bella Union Records

"The GIT Award represents artists of the future"
Yoko Ono

"The GIT Award illustrates just how colourful the music scene in Liverpool is today"
Domino Records


MERSEYSIDE'S GIT AWARD 2015 NAMES ‘ONE TO WATCH’ WINNER AHEAD OF SPECTACULAR KAZIMIER CEREMONY ON SATURDAY 4TH APRIL

With just days to go until the winner of Liverpool’s GIT Award 2015 is announced at the city’s Kazimier venue on Saturday 4 April, organisers can reveal the winner of the One to Watch prize is 23-year-old rock & roller Louis Berry.

Huyton-born Louis Berry wins this year’s One To Watch Prize, which is awarded to one emerging artist and selected by the Merseyside  judging panel, having released just one track to date - yet was named Radio 1’s ‘hottest record in the world right now’.

Described by GetintothisPeter Guy as ‘channelling the energy of Jerry Lee Lewis through the story-telling of Dylan’, Berry follows on from the inaugural One To Watch winner Låpsley who has gone on to sign a deal with XL Recordings and release her critically-acclaimed debut EP earlier this year.

Berry’s debut offering .45 was tipped by national print press and radio and after playing just two gigs he signed a contract at each; a publishing deal following an explosive BBC Introducing set and recording terms after lighting up East Village Arts Club.

Louis has recently been in London recording more tracks ahead of a first full release. Berry will celebrate his One To Watch win with a live performance at the GIT Award 2015 ceremony on Saturday April 4th.

The nominees for the main award are All We Are, Circa Waves, D R O H N E, Gulf, Hooton Tennis Club, Roxanne Jones, Låpsley, Esa Shields, Sundowners, Xam Volo, Jane Weaver andWe Are Catchers.

Nine of these will feature in live performances plus specially created visuals at the Kazimier, transformed into an Aztec Jungle for one night only, alongside one-off performances and DJ sets.

The GIT Award this year will be hosted by Impropriety, Liverpool’s premier improvisational comedy group.
Angie Waller, of Impropriety, said: "Impropriety are overjoyed to be hosting this year's GIT Award. In our true style expect irreverent introductions and heroic stupidity galore."

This year, the Kazimier will transform their unique venue into an exotic Aztec Jungle, with guests encouraged to embrace the theme and dress the part for this invite only event.

The evening will also include entertainment from the spectacular Batala drummers, Arkopsy’s in-house jam band and the Krukthrust DJs.
GIT Awardshow producer, Joel Murray said: "The GIT Award represents a kaleidoscopic of music from the Liverpool scene - it has given much desired attention to so many emerging and experimental acts that otherwise maybe would not be given the recognition they deserve. It's a pleasure to be working with such talents."

Now in its fourth consecutive year, The GIT (Getintothis) Award, champions the best of Merseyside music providing a snapshot of the year in music, recognising significant artistic achievement across a range of musical styles.

This year’s shortlist was selected by national industry figureheads consisting of Bella Union Records’ Simon Raymonde, The Quietus editor John Doran, Heavenly Recordings’ boss Jeff Barrett, UK Music’s Dot Levine, author and journalist Simon Price, 4AD Records’ Rich Walker, Clash Magazine editor Robin Murray, Jarri Van der Haegen, editor of Belgian buzz blog Disco Naivete, XFM deputy programme manager Mike Walsh and Amazing Radio’s Shell Zenner.

The judging panel was completed by respected Merseyside music players including Liverpool Music Week director Mike Deane, Arts Club manager Victoria Smith, Sound City and Club EVOL promoter Steve Miller, Liverpool International Music Festival curator Yaw Owusu, Bido Lito! editor Christopher Torpey – and GIT Award founder and Liverpool Echo journalist, Peter Guy.

Also on the night, a special Inspiration Award, recognising services to Liverpool’s music industry will also be presented. Previous recipients are Africa Oye (2014), Hillsborough Justice Collective (2013) and The Kazimier (2012).

All awards on the night plus unique commemorative mementoes for all 12 nominees will be created by Liverpool design agency ArchiPhonic while Liverpool Craft Beer will provide refreshments.

GIT Award founder Peter Guy added: “This year’s GIT Award is the most exciting yet – not only have we ten first-time nominees but we’ve a show of great ambition and the Inspiration Award will resonate with not just Scousers but music-lovers around the country. Saturday’s show at the Kazimier is going to be a night that lives long in the memory – the whole of Liverpool will be watching.”
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Arkansas governor doesn't sign religious freedom bill

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WASHINGTON -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Wednesday he would not yet sign a controversial religious freedom act into law, requesting that the state legislature make changes to the bill in the wake of criticism that the legislation could be used to facilitate discrimination against LGBT citizens and other groups.

Hutchinson said at a press conference that he was seeking changes to make Indiana's legislation mirror the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. Hutchinson previously had promised to sign the legislation. The surprising announcement came a day after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was forced to defend a similar law in his state. After facing a national firestorm, Pence called on Tuesday for new legislation that would clarify that his law does not grant businesses the right to deny services to anyone.

The Arkansas RFRA that passed through the legislature yesterday has broad language that is not contained in the federal RFRA. The Arkansas legislation currently extends the definition of "person" to include corporations, granting for-profit businesses a right to religious exercise. The law also allows any "person" to cite religion rights as a defense or claim in a private lawsuit.

Proponents of these laws contend that RFRAs are nothing new, arguing that the state has a compelling interest to prevent discrimination. However, the Indiana and Arkansas laws include new language that appears designed to respond to a 2013 lawsuit in New Mexico, where the state's Supreme Court ruled that a photographer who refused to serve a same-sex couple violated an anti-discrimination law. The court explicitly noted that New Mexico's RFRA did not protect businesses from lawsuits by private parties. (Federal circuit courts have recently been split on the matter.)

The climate in which these RFRAs are passed is also very different than it was a decade ago. Because same-sex marriage is increasingly legal, civil rights advocates contend these laws will be used to override local non-discrimination laws that protect people on the basis of sexual orientation.

On Tuesday, Sarah Warbelow, legal director at the Human Rights Campaign, said, "We would like to see both Indiana and Arkansas adopt language clarifying that the state RFRA cannot be used to undermine federal, state or local non-discrimination laws."

Arkansas lawmakers floated this idea during a committee hearing earlier this week, but the bill's author, state Rep. Bob Ballinger (R), said it would be too confusing to attempt to define what constitutes discrimination. The bill ultimately ended up including a legislative finding that it is a "compelling governmental interest to comply with federal civil rights laws.” But this language is not meaningful, advocates say, in part because federal civil rights laws have no explicit protections for LGBT people.

It is still unclear what kind of legislative fix Pence will approve for his law, or under what conditions Hutchinson will sign the Arkansas legislation. The Arkansas governor said on Wednesday that even his own son had signed a petition asking him to veto the bill.

"There's a generational difference of opinion on these issues," Hutchinson said. 
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REPORT: Multicultural 'super consumers' are on the rise

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Multicultural Consumers Transforming the U.S. Mainstream

New York, NY –  With multicultural consumer spending in the United States today at $3.4 trillion, this “super consumer” group has tremendous impact on U.S. mainstream culture, according to a Nielsen report released on March 18, 2015. The report, The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers, identifies multicultural consumers as the most dynamic and fasting growing segment of the U.S. consumer economy.

"The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers report builds on Nielsen’s previous series of reports on the attitudes and spending behaviors of African-American, Asian American and Hispanic consumers,” says Mónica Gil, senior vice president and general manager of Multicultural Growth and Strategy, Nielsen. “The unprecedented influence of multicultural consumers on the behavior of non-multicultural shoppers is upending outdated assumptions and enlarging and expanding the multicultural market opportunity, which may be the key to the future.”

The report identifies multicultural Super Consumers, which refer to the top 10% of households who drive at least 30% of sales, 40% of growth and 50% of profits of any consumer product category. The report suggests that by understanding the cultural essence that drives multicultural super consumer behavior today, marketers and advertisers can better understand future market trends.

The New Mainstream

Multicultural consumers are younger, in their prime and already make up 38% of the U.S. population. Expected to become the numerical majority by 2044, 21 of the top 25 most-populated counties in the United States are already more than 50% multicultural. Knowing the cultural appeal of a brand is critical to marketers, as multicultural populations can vary widely even within metro areas. The combination of majority multicultural geographies and high levels of interethnic proximity magnify the need for ethnic and cross-cultural marketing.

Multicultural Super Consumers Buying Habits

Multicultural consumers comprise a disproportionate share of many categories, such as dairy, baby food and diapers, laundry supplies and detergents, school supplies, and other family goods. Of 126 grocery store categories reviewed, 45 categories (36%) over-index in total rate of spending for all multicultural consumers compared to non-multiculturals. These attitudes and behaviors demonstrate cultural and behavioral traits unique to the various ethnicities.

The findings show Asian Americans are more likely to eat organic foods (29%). Cultural identity is very important to African- Americans (78%) and Hispanics (71%), and social causes are particularly meaningful to Hispanics (43%). Multicultural Super Consumers can heavily influence non-multicultural consumers in Super Geo areas—geographies with a higher concentration of Super Consumers. Proximity to other cultures and the sharing of cultural influences, attitudes, and behaviors in Super Geo clusters magnifies the multicultural opportunity. Despite the cultural sharing taking place in the U.S. today, it is critical to understand the nuances and preferences of each individual consumer.

Culturally Driven Behaviors

Multicultural consumers take on an ambicultural identity—the ability and willingness to function competently in two cultures, which allows many multicultural consumers to simultaneously maintain their cultural heritage and see themselves as equally American. Multicultural consumers gravitate to brands, products, and activities that reinforce their cultural roots. And these behaviors are affecting the purchase behavior of non-multicultural consumers, too. For example, while multicultural consumers represent 53% of hot sauce Super Consumers, the category has grown beyond it, becoming a mainstream condiment. Just as soul food, sushi, tacos, pizza and other once-ethnic foods have become as ubiquitous as apple pie and hot dogs, the traditions, attitudes and shopping behaviors of multiculturals are expanding the multicultural market opportunity. These multicultural Super Consumer categories have already experienced the future where many categories are likely to follow.  Understanding how purchase behaviors are driven by multicultural consumer values, lifestyles, tastes and preferences is the key to total market growth.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA TEAMS UP WITH PBS AND WGBH BOSTON TO LAUNCH FOURTH ANNUAL NATIONWIDE HEALTHY RECIPE CHALLENGE

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The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Invites Kids to Submit Healthy Lunch Recipes for a Chance to Win a Trip to Washington, D.C. and Attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House
 
Washington, D.C. First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fourth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' “State Dinner” to promote cooking and healthy eating among youth. Teaching kids to cook is a great way to ensure they learn healthy habits early in life. Research shows that children who help with cooking and meal preparation are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables, and they are more aware of the importance of making healthier food choices. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' “State Dinner” invites kids, ages 8-12, with the help of their parents or legal guardians to create and submit a recipe at pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge for a lunch that is nutritious and delicious.
 
This year, WGBH Boston is joining the First Lady to present the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” in an effort to raise national awareness about the importance of healthy cooking and eating. To make the challenge possible for kids and their families across America, support is being provided to WGBH by Newman’s Own® and Newman’s Own Foundation.
 
The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' “State Dinner” invites kids, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty.  In support of Let’s Move!, launched in 2010 by the First Lady to help kids and families lead healthier lives, entrants are encouraged to reference ChooseMyPlate.gov  to ensure recipes meet the USDA’s recommended nutrition guidelines. Entries should represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Kids from all U.S. states and territories are invited to participate, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. One winner from each and a parent or guardian will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington D.C. and the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by the First Lady, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.  
 
“It is such a pleasure to host the Kids’ ‘State Dinner’ at the White House each year, and I am thrilled to announce the fourth year of our Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Every year I am blown away by the talent and creativity of the young chefs, and I cannot wait to welcome this year’s group at the White House this summer. So I hope young people across the country will get into the kitchen and get cooking!”
 
“We are honored to be partnering with the First Lady to help raise awareness about the importance of healthy cooking and eating and hope that we can help make a positive change in the way that families eat by empowering them with the information and tools they need to make healthy choices,” said Brigid Sullivan, WGBH Vice President for Children’s Media and Educational Programming. “We are delighted to be at the table in support of kids and their families and look forward to the opportunity to build this challenge and campaign in the years to come.”
 
“We know that improving childhood nutrition is key to ensuring a healthier next generation.  Through our efforts to improve the school nutrition environment and getting kids involved in nutrition through activities at school and this annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, we are helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and setting kids up for a lifetime of healthy eating,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
 
“It’s great to see our students setting an example for their classmates – and for adults - on the importance of nutrition and the critical role healthy eating plays in academic success. I love to see the excitement and enthusiasm that these young chefs bring to this competition as they dream up fresh, new school lunch recipes that are both nutritious and delicious,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
  
The winning recipes will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes:  Let’s Move! Executive Director Debra Eschmeyer, representatives of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, previous Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners, and Tanya Steel, children's healthy eating expert and founder of Cooking Up Big Dreams. The winning recipes will be featured in a downloadable, printable free e-cookbook that includes a nutritional analysis and photos of the winning chefs, and their recipes and will be available on the contest website: pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge, as well as on letsmove.gov, USDA.gov, and Ed.gov.
 
Recipe submissions will be accepted from March 31 through April 30 online at pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge or by mail at: Healthy Lunchtime Challenge c/o WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Boston MA 02135. Winners will be notified in June, and the White House Kids’ “State Dinner” will take place in the summer of 2015. Travel to Washington, D.C. and accommodations for the winning families will be provided by Delta Air Lines and The Westin Georgetown.  For more information and for contest rules, visit pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

O'Reillys 'Killing Jesus' breaks viewership record

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(WASHINGTON, D.C. — MARCH 30, 2015) National Geographic Channel’s Sunday night premiere of KILLING JESUS — hailed by critics as “gritty and moving,” “beautifully subtle,” “compelling” and “thoughtful” — set record ratings for the network, with 3.7 million persons 2+ tuning in to the three-hour special, the highest total viewership in NGC’s history!
For the premiere airing at 8 p.m. E/7C, KILLING JESUS garnered a 2.8 HH rating — the second highest HH in network history — and a 1.0 P25-54. 
Furthermore, the 1.0 P25-54 is the highest rated P25-54 since the premiere of KILLING KENNEDY in November 2013 (1.1 P25-54) and is more than 300% higher than NGC’s Sunday 8-11 p.m. average so far this calendar year. 
Since its launch, the KILLING JESUS film microsite (natgeotv.com/killingjesus) has generated over 1 million impressions, with the average visitor spending approximately 30 minutes on the site. Last night, the microsite garnered a 125% increase above daily visitor average (and a 10% increase over KILLING KENNEDY site visits on its premiere day), propelling it as the network’s best performing digital show extension to date.


KILLING JESUS was our most ambitious production to date, coupled with one of our largest cross-platform promotional campaigns,” said National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe. “We are thrilled that audiences responded to the film with the same enthusiasm and passion we had for this production since day one. The success of our premiere last night is due to the hard work and dedication of the production team on the ground in Morocco, the talented and versatile cast and the support of our partners at National Geographic and Fox.”
The film also premiered last night on Nat Geo MUNDO in the U.S., and will air globally in 171 countries in 45 languages. 
With a script from Academy and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Walon Green (“The Wild Bunch”), and directed by BAFTA Award-winner Chris Menaul (“The Passion of Ayn Rand,” “Fatherland”), KILLING JESUS brings a rich perspective to Jesus’ story that clearly intrigued believers and nonbelievers alike. Combining epic cinematography with intimate storytelling, the film was shot entirely in the Moroccan desert with a crew of 250 and more than 4,500 extras. The 93 speaking roles are brought to life by an incredibly diverse cast, with actors representing Lebanon, Morocco, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Great Britain, Israel, Canada, Syria, Australia and the United States. The massive production, unlike anything undertaken by National Geographic Channel before, put familiar Biblical characters under a new lens to give them layers of meaning rarely explored before.  
Part of the network’s ambitious promotional campaign included a vast second-screen experience, available at natgeotv.com/killingjesus, featuring the more than 72 interactive scenes brought to life through 2-D photo-realistic original illustrations (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynvgqJjKpQ&sns=em).
Supplementing the second-screen experience is a robust KILLING JESUS film microsite featuring original articles on a variety of topics including Jesus in popular culture, the missing years of his life and what happened to the apostles; behind-the-scenes video clips; extensive photo galleries; deleted movie scenes; and cast Q&As. 
Additionally, the network blog is showcasing a 40-day campaign called “Killing With Kindness,” inspired by what is known historically as Jesus’ encouragement of people to be kind to each other. Every day through April 5, NGC is putting a daily spotlight on organizations that help to spread kindness in the world. These organizations can be found online at http://tvblogs.nationalgeographic.com/ or on social media using #killingwithkindness.
NGC partnered with USA Today on a special supplement called “Jesus: His Life, Legacy and Lasting Impact.” Sold as a standalone on newsstands, the supplement included a picture of Haaz as Jesus on the cover, and inside included more than 20 pages of KILLING JESUS-specific content, on sale now at www.onlinestore.usatoday.com/special-editions
The critically acclaimed cast (“great performances,”) included Kelsey Grammer (“Partners,” “Boss”) as King Herod the Great; Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) as Pontius Pilate; Haaz Sleiman (“The Visitor”) in the title role as Jesus; Rufus Sewell (“Hercules”) as Caiaphas; Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”) as Herodia; Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) as Antipas; John Rhys Davies (“Indiana Jones”) as Annas; Abhin Galeya as John the Baptist; Stephanie Leonidas (“Defiance”) as Salome; Joe Doyle (“Reign”) as Judas; Alexis Rodney (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Simon (Peter); and Chris Ryman (“28 Weeks Later”) as Malchus.
The network used the premiere last night to heavily promote tonight’s new series The Big Picture With Kal Penn, as well as the return of the networks hit series Wicked Tuna next Sunday night, the April 9 premiere of the hit series Life Below Zero and the upcoming April 20 premiere of the Neil deGrasse Tyson late-night talk show StarTalk.
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2015 IHEART RADIO AWARDS RECAP AND FULL WINNERS LIST

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RECAP: At the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at LA's Shrine Auditorium last night, host Jamie Foxx ticked producers off by insisting on using the "b-word" and angered the transgender loving world when he joked about Bruce Jenner's alleged sex change. No one is complaining about cracks he made about Shug Knight's collapse in court, but plenty of people posted negative reactions on Twitter when the comedian said the Olympian could sing a male/female duet all by himself.  

Meanwhile, there were loads of stars in attendance (Snoop, Chris Brown, Nick Jonas) Sunday night, witnessing "Dance Moms" receive the award  for Best Reality TV Show,  Justin Timberlake's amazing speech about ignoring naysayers as he accepted recognizing he was one of the "old guys" in the room, and J Hud keeping the crowd jamming as her collaborator Iggy Azalea played with the crowd from behind bars (you had to be there or have witnessed it).  Chris Brown also collaborated with Jamie Foxx on  "You Changed Me"  in the first performance send his probation period ended.

Taylor Swift stood high above all competitors (literally an figuratively) winning the most awards,.  She wore heels that were like stilts, but event that could not take away for the moment she shared accompanying Madonna on guitar.  View photos and clips at www.iheratradio.com.

Check out the full list of 2015 iHeartRadio Music Award winners below:

2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award
Justin Timberlake

Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande
Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift

Song of the Year
"All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
"All of Me" - John Legend
"Happy" - Pharrell Williams
"Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift - WINNER
"Stay With Me" - Sam Smith

Best Collaboration
"Bang Bang" - Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj - WINNER
"Dark Horse" - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
"Fancy" - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
"Problem" - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
"Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

Best New Artist
Bastille
Cole Swindell
Iggy Azalea
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith - WINNER

Country Song of the Year
"Bartender" - Lady Antebellum
"Burnin' It Down" - Jason Aldean - WINNER
"Dirt" - Florida Georgia Line
"Give Me Back My Hometown" - Eric Church
"Play It Again" - Luke Bryan

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year
"Don't Tell 'Em" - Jeremih featuring YG - WINNER
"Drunk in Love" - Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
"Flawless" - Beyoncé
"Loyal" - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga
"New Flame" - Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross

Dance Song of the Year
"Animals" - Martin Garrix
"Blame" - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman
"La La La" - Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
"Summer" - Calvin Harris - WINNER
"Waves" - Mr. Probz

Alternative Rock Song of the Year
"Come With Me Now" - KONGOS
"Do I Wanna Know?" - Arctic Monkeys
"Fever" - The Black Keys
"Something From Nothing" - Foo Fighters
"Take Me to Church" - Hozier - WINNER

Best Lyrics
"All of Me" - John Legend
"Blank Space" - Taylor Swift - WINNER
"Counting Stars" - OneRepublic
"Habits (Stay High)" - Tove Lo
"Stay With Me" - Sam Smith
"Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran

Best Fan Army
5SOSFAM - 5 Seconds of Summer - WINNER
Arianators - Ariana Grande
Bey Hive - Beyoncé
Team Breezy - Chris Brown
Sheerios - Ed Sheeran
Church Choir - Eric Church
Directioners - One Direction
Selenators - Selena Gomez
Mendes Army - Shawn Mendes
Swifties - Taylor Swift

Renegade Award
Brantley Gilbert - WINNER
Charli XCX
Hozier
Iggy Azalea
Meghan Trainor

Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown Perform "You Changed Me"

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2015 Stellar Awards Winners (Full List)

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The solo release by Erica Campbell, "Help" garnered the artist a total of 6 out of 10 Stellar Award wins making her the leading celebrant at the 30th Annual Stellar Awards Saturday night. Campbell won the coveted Artist of the Year title, while her producer/husband Warren Campbell was named  Producer of the Year.   Her label mate, choir master Ricky Dillard received 3 Stellars and both of Kirk Franklin's artists, The Walls Group and Tasha Page Lockhart walked away with top honors, Best Group/Duo and Best New Artists respectively.  The Stellar Awards were held in a new location, Las Vegas attracting a capacity crowd to the Orleans Arena, where Central City Productions unleashed the surprise opening performance of Destiny's Child.   and will be broadcast on TV One on Waster Sunday, April 5, 2015.

The full list of winners follows:

Category #1
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
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Category #2
SONG OF THE YEAR
– MICHAEL MCDOWELL & JAMES JOHNSON, YOU ALONE – YOU ALONE (ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR), EMTRO GOSPEL
– W. CAMPBELL, L. MOORE, H. LILLY, A. SLEDGE, H. JONES & E. CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– HARMONY SAMUELS, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, H. “CARMEN REECE” CULVER & AL SHERROD LAMBERT, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE
- TIFFANY JOY MCGHEE, AMAZING – AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
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Category #3
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS
– RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
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CATEGORY #4
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
- ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOURNEY TO FREEDOM, ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
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CATEGORY #5
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
- THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
– THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
2014 – 2015
30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees
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CATEGORY #6
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– RUTH LA’ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
- TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDSINGS/RCA
– TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE WOMEN’S CHOIR, IN THE SANCTUARY, HABBAKUK MUSIC
– UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP
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CATEGORY #7
CD OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
- ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
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CATEGORY #8
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
- RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING,LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS
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CATEGORY #9
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
- WARRYN CAMPBELL, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD, WILL BOGLE & RICK ROBINSON, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– KIRK FRANKLIN, HERE RIGHT NOW (TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
– KIRK FRANKLIN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
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CATEGORY #10
CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
- THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
– ZIE’L, PRONOUNCED ZY-EL, DREAM GOSPEL
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CATEGORY #11
TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
- LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
– THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS
– THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
– TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH
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CATEGORY #12
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS
- SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
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CATEGORY #13
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
– EARNEST PUGH, THE W.I.N. (WORSHIP IN NASSAU) EXPERIENCE, P-MAN MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
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CATEGORY #14
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
- ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– KIERRA SHEARD, GRACELAND, INDEPENDENT
– TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
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CATEGORY #15
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- BEVERLY CRAWFORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE, ECHO PARK/JDI
– LISA KNOWLES, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
– RUTH LA’ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– SHERI JONES-MOFFETT, POWER & AUTHORITY: LIVE IN MEMPHIS, MOTOWN GOSPEL
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CATEGORY #16
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
– DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
- ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
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CATEGORY #17
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
- RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
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CATEGORY #18
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
– DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, GREAT GOD, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
- ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND, ENTERTAINMENT ONE
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CATEGORY #19
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– FLORIAN SCHNEIDER, GREAT GOD – DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
– BILLIE WOODRUFF, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– MR. BOOMTOWN, LOVE ON THE RADIO – FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
- MATTHEW CHERRY, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE
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CATEGORY #20
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– BISHOP LARRY D. TROTTER & SHS COMBINED CHOIR, PRAISE REVISITED, UTOPIA
- RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS
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CATEGORY #21
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY, BETTER, EPM MUSIC GROUP
- DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– LAMAR CAMPBELL & SPIRIT OF PRAISE, OPEN THE SKY, 360 MUSIC WORX/MOTOWN
– DARNELL DAVIS AND THE REMNANT, MOVING FORWARD, RCA INSPIRATION
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CATEGORY #23
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
– DONNIE MCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
– VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2014, RCA INSPIRATION
– VARIOUS ARTISTS, EARNEST PUGH PROUDLY PRESENTS GOSPEL’S RISING STARS, EPM MUSIC GROUP
- TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS DELUXE EDITION, TILLYMANN MUSIC
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CATEGORY #24
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
– ANDY MINEO, NEVERLAND, REACH RECORDS
– DA’ T.R.U.T.H., HEARTBEAT, MIXED BAG
- LECRAE, ANOMALY, REACH RECORDS
– UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP
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CATEGORY #25
YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
- KENDRA SMITH, SOMETHING NEW, DiVINE RECORDS
– NYASIA, SHOOTING STAR, INSPIRING DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
– PURE-N-HEART, ALPHAEUS ANDERSON PRESENTS PURE-N-HEART KIDS, TEENS MOVEMENT “SING THE WORD”, MUSIC2CHANGEU RECORDS
– STL3, ALL THINGS NEW, PGK MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
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CATEGORY #26
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
- LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
– THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS
– THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE AND DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
– TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH
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CATEGORY #27
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
– DEREK BLANKS, VINTAGE WORSHIP (ANITA WILSON), MOTOWN GOSPEL
- DEREK BLANKS, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– DEREK BLANKS, AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– JEFF GILLIGAN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
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CATEGORY #28
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– EARNEST PUGH, JUST WORSHIP (EP), P-MAN MUSIC
– MICAH STAMPLEY, LOVE NEVER FAILS, MOTOWN GOSPEL
- WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
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Special Awards

James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 Recipient – Bishop Paul S. Morton

Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award
2015 Recipient – Andrae Crouch

Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award
2015 Recipient – Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

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Paradigm Shift: eOne Music dominates Stellar Awards winning half of the honors

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Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) dominated this year’s 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards taped on March 28th in Las Vegas, winning half of the 28 categories with a total of 14 awards including most of the major categories: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Choir of the Year and CD of the Year.  Celebrating wins for the #1 hits from Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, William McDowell and Michelle Williams, career honors were also bestowed with Bishop Paul S. Morton receiving the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award, and Pastor Shirley Caesar and Ricky Dillard inducted into the 2015 inaugural class of Stellar Honors honorees with special medallions.  

eOne Music also delivered powerful performance moments on stage, as Michelle Williams kicked off a soaring opener with a never-before-seen live performance of her single “Say Yes” joined by Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, Dorinda Clark-Cole joined Deitrick Haddon on his new hit “My City,” Jonathan McReynolds delivered an acoustic performance of new single “Pressure,” Erica Campbell performed a “More Love”/”Help” medley, and Ricky Dillard closed the show for the second year with a blowout choir finale, performing a medley of “The Holy Place”/”Take Me Back”/”The Light”/”Grace” this year.

Photo Credit: Erik Umphery Michelle Williams of eOne is flanked by fellow Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Beyonce in a surprise reunion performance of "Say Yes" at the 30th Stellar Awards on March 28, 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Top nominees Erica Campbell and Ricky Dillard won multiple Stellar Awards, with Erica Campbell’s solo debut Help garnering 8 total wins: Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year (for the single “Help” ft. Lecrae), Producer of the Year (by Warryn Campbell) and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (by Derek Blanks).  Choir master Ricky Dillard’s 25th anniversary live album Amazing with New G, took 4 awards: Song of the Year (for the record-breaking single “Amazing” by songwriter Tiffany Joy McGhee), Choir of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year.  William McDowell’s live CD/DVD album Withholding Nothing won Praise and Worship CD of the Year, and Michelle Williams’s “Say Yes” ft. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland from Journey to Freedom won for Music Video of the Year (by director Matthew Cherry).     

“Wow! It’s truly a blessing to receive these honors capping an incredible past year for our artists, and celebrate the creative gifts and work that continues to inspire so many fans across the globe. There is more new music coming on the horizon, and congratulations to all the nominees and honorees this year,” Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational says of the 14 Stellar Award wins and 3 honors this year.

The 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will air on TV One on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

 
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