34th Stellar Gospel Music Awards Hosted by Kirk Franklin Premieres Easter Sunday April 21 on BET
Kirk Franklin Hosts the 34th Stellar Gospel Music Awards (Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III
April 18, 2019 (LOS ANGELES) – The 34th Stellar Gospel Music Awards hosted by Kirk Franklin will premiere on Easter Sunday April 21 on BET Network at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT. with an encore presentation immediately following. The show will also air for the first time internationally on BET Africa (6:00 p.m. CAT), BET UK (3:00 p.m. GMT and encore at 10:00 p.m. GMT) and BET Korea (3:00 p.m. KST and encore at 10:00 p.m. KST). Central City Productions has announced national broadcast syndication dates from April 27 through May 30 on local television stations throughout the nation. Viewers can check local air dates and channel listings at TheStellarAwards.com. The exhilarating show was highlighted by an emotional performance tribute to recently announced posthumous Pulitzer Prize Winner Aretha Franklin by Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle. Family members of the late-legend Brenda Corbett, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Franklin were presented with the Stellar Awards' inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award to give posthumous recognition of her profound impact on the Gospel music genre and timeless contributions. The biggest night in gospel music, produced by Central City Productions, also featured a special award presentation to gospel legend Delores Washington Green of The Caravans with the Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award. Gospel star Yolanda Adams and Stellar Awards Founder, Chairman & CEO Don Jackson inducted James Robinson Jr. (Malaco Gospel), Jackie Patillo (GMA) and Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration) into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame. This year’s thrilling line-up of performances included a high-energy opening number by Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin stirring the audience to their feet performing new music and a moving medley by Phil Thompson, Kelontae Gavin and Maranda Curtis. Young Gospel-Star Jekalyn Carr, who received three awards, ended the show with a phenomenal performance. Other performers included Brian Courtney Wilson, Koryn Hawthorne, Todd Dulaney and Charles Jenkins. As previously mentioned, Stellar Award winners include performer Jonathan McReynolds who took home eight awards, Jabari Johnson, VaShawn Mitchell, Fred Hammond, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson and The Walls Group. Be sure to check your local listings and visit www.thestellarawards.com for more information. View the complete and updated winners list below:
Category #1 ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Jonathan McReynolds, Make Room, Entertainment One Category #2 SONG OF THE YEAR - Not Lucky, I’m Loved, Jonathan McReynolds, Terrell Demetrius Wilson & Anna B. Warner, Entertainment One Category #3 MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Jonathan McReynolds, Make Room, Entertainment One CATEGORY #4 ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Jekalyn Carr, One Nation Under God, Lunjeal Music Group CATEGORY #5 DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR - The Walls Group, The Other Side, RCA Inspiration/Fo Yo Soul Recordings CATEGORY #6 NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Jabari Johnson, Day of Redemption, Entertainment One CATEGORY #7 CD OF THE YEAR - Make Room, Jonathan McReynolds, Entertainment One CATEGORY #8 CHOIR OF THE YEAR - Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, Run to the Altar, JH/Tyscot CATEGORY #9 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR - Jonathan McReynolds & Darryl “Lil Man” Howell, Make Room, Entertainment One CATEGORY #10 CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR - The Walls Group, The Other Side, RCA Inspiration/Fo Yo Soul Recordings CATEGORY #11 TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR - Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Keep Pushin, Wonder Spirit/SRT/Shanachie CATEGORY #12 CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Jonathan McReynolds, Make Room, Entertainment One CATEGORY #13 TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - VaShawn Mitchell, Cross Music, Tyscot CATEGORY #14 CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Tasha Page-Lockhart, The Beautiful Project, RCA Inspiration/Fo Yo Soul Recordings CATEGORY #15 TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - Jekalyn Carr, One Nation Under God, Lunjeal Music Group CATEGORY #16 CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR - Make Room, Jonathan McReynolds, Entertainment One CATEGORY #17 TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR - One Nation Under God, Jekalyn Carr, Lunjeal Music Group CATEGORY #18 URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - Not Lucky, I’m Loved, Jonathan McReynolds, Entertainment One CATEGORY #19 MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR - Won’t He Do It, Casey Cross, RCA Inspiration CATEGORY #20 TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR - Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, Run to the Altar, JH/Tyscot CATEGORY #21 CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR - New Direction, When All God’s Children Get Together, New Haven Records CATEGORY #22 INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR - CATEGORY OMITTED CATEGORY #23 SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR - The Best of Fred Hammond, Fred Hammond, Verity/Sony Music CATEGORY #24 RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR - God Knows, Flame, Clear Sight Music CATEGORY #25 YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Pure N Heart, “Be You” 15 Years Unplugged, Music2ChangeU CATEGORY #26 QUARTET OF THE YEAR - Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Keep Pushin, Wonder Spirit / SRT/Shanachie CATEGORY #27 RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR - Israel Houghton, Road to DeMaskUs, RCA Inspiration CATEGORY #28 PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR - Your Great Name, Todd Dulaney, Entertainment One THOMAS A. DORSEY MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - The Sensational Nightingales DR. BOBBY JONES LEGENDS AWARD - Dolores Washington Green ARETHA FRANKLIN ICON AWARD - Aretha Franklin (posthumously) STELLAR HONORS HALL OF FAME - Jackie Patillo - Phil Thornton - James D. Robinson, Jr. GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR WINNERS MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR - WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR - WFMI-FM 100.9 FM, Virginia Beach MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR - WCGL AM 1360/FM 94.7, Jacksonville SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR - WIMG 1300AM, Ewing INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR - uGospel Radio, uGospel.com GOSPEL RADIO HONOREE - HIP HOP STATION OF THE YEAR* - GH3 Radio - "God's House of Hip Hop,” www.gh3radio.com GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR - Dwight Stone, WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta, GA *updated About Central City Productions (CCP) The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael A. Johnson will produce and direct this year's award show. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. CCP's award- winning television programs include the Black Music Honors, Stellar Tribute to the Holidays and Tribute to Mother's Day, The Black College Quiz Show Series, Mentoring Kings, Stellar Sunday, among many others. For more information, please visit www.ccptv.com. FOLLOW THE STELLAR AWARDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES AND MORE!