The 29th Annual Stellar Awards is set to take place January 18, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. Hosted by Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley the star studded event will be one to remember.  However before the winners are announced there will be back to back parties, concerts and celebrations taking place beginning Thursday, January 16.

Starting with the Annual Industry Prayer Gathering, industry heavy hitters and music lovers will come together to kick off the weekend with a focus on prayer.  The rest of the week will also include showcases, parties, after-parties and a few invitation-only events.

Below is a complete list of Stellar Awards weekend activities.

Thursday, January 16

Annual Industry Prayer Gathering. 6 p.m. Join artists, industry executives and leaders in an intimate setting of praise, worship and prayer. To RSVP or for more info: or Born Again Church, 858 W. Trinity Lane, Nashville, Tenn.

Club Yes Lord. 6 p.m. Hosted by DJ Will and Crazy One. Features Rae Ellis, Fedel, Canon, Lejune Thompson, This’l and more. $5 at the door. More info: 3rd & Lindsey, 818 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN.

RTMG Celebrity Basketball Game. 6:15 p.m., doors open at 5:30. Cheneta Jones will perform the national anthem and Livre’ will perform during halftime. Celebrity players include Brian Courtney Wilson, Isaac Carree, James Fortune, Bishop Joseph Walker, Wardlaw Brothers and more. For tickets: Triveca Nazaraene University, 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN.

Urban Soul Cafe Access Granted: Homecoming, The Blackout Edition. 6 p.m. Hosted by Myron Butler and Damita Haddon. Event will honor Aaron Lindsey, Twinkie Clark and Vashawn Mitchell. Hezekiah Walker will present the awards. Performers include Tasha Page Lockhart, Anthony Brown, Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan Nelson, Lisa Knowles and the Brown Sisters, Joshua Rodgers and more. Pre-show tickets $10, day of show $15. For tickets and more info Limelight Entertainment Venue, 201 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN.

Friday, January 17

iAM Radio Empowerment Breakfast Revue Lounge Artist Showcase. 7:30 a.m. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, Arvetra Jones, Jamila Joy, DJ Will Newbill and Sistah Peaches. Features Pastor Kevin Adams, Bishop Jerry Maynard and Dr. Patrick Wooden, Sr. $30, includes buffet. For tickets Hotel Preston, 733 Briley Parkway, Nashville, TN.

Let’s Talk Gospel Presents Denim and Diamonds.10 a.m. Hosted by Comedian Tim and Nikita B. Features Shawn Bigby, Steve MCoy, Jamariean Moore, Paula Waters and more. For more info contact LeShelle Crump @ 919-444-3483 or Gwen Atkins @ 832-647-2368 Crystal Fountain Church, 1003 Russell Street, Nashville, TN. FREE

15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. 11 a.m. BMI will salute gospel leaders Richard Smallwood and Daryl Coley. Gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives will attend the invitation-only event. The Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year will also be announced at the luncheon. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, TN. INVITATION ONLY

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