*For the first time, Central City Productions (CCP), producers of the Stellar Awards is empowering fans to participate in second round voting for the 2012 show CCP Chairman/CEO Don Jackson announced today.

Starting today – September 21, 2001 – the general public can vote online at  www.thestellarawards.com powered by Gospel Music Spot, until October 17, 2011, for the upcoming 27th Annual Stellar Awards, which will be hosted by Dorinda Clark Cole and Marvin Sapp and  held in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry on January 14, 2012.

Said Jackson said of the change, “We are continuously learning and expanding to advancethe Stellar Awards voting process.”

(Scroll down to watch Jackson’s announcement.)

More details about the plans for the new process were issued via press release:

“The Gospel Musicspot (www.gospelmusicspot.com) is the Web Partner for the Stellar Award voting.  As a free social networking website, created for the gospel and Christian community, it is a site where men, women and children regardless of age, ethnicity or social background can come together to promote spiritual growth and things of a positive nature.

The official press conference to reveal the nominees for the 27th annual Stellar Awards will be broadcast live and aired on GMC-TV, October 29, 2011.  The event is free to the public. For more information please check the Stellar Awards website at www.thestellarwards.com.

Public fan favorite voting for the Gospel Announcer of the Year and Internet Radio Station of the Year will be available online from October 29, 2011 through November 15, 2011 at www.theStellarAwards.com powered by Gospel Music Spot.

The 27th Annual Stellar Awards will return to The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Founded in 1970 the Stellar Awards are the first Gospel Music Awards in the country honoring Gospel Music Artists, writers, and industry professionals for their contributions to the Gospel Music Industry.”