Let’s talk the 34th Stellar Gospel Music Awards and how Jonathan McReynolds Wins Eight Stellar Awards

Jonthan McReynolds
Performances by Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Brian Courtney Wilson, Koryn Hawthorne, Todd Dulaney, Charles Jenkins & Jekalyn Carr & More

Central City Productions wrapped up the taping of the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Friday, March 29 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The biggest night in gospel music, hosted by Kirk Franklin, will premiere on BET Network on Easter Sunday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT. 

The stand-out highlight of the evening was an emotional tribute performance by Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle honoring the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Family members of the late-legend Brenda Corbett, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Franklin were presented with the inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award to give posthumous recognition of her profound impact on the Gospel music genre and unforgettable contributions. 

The nights biggest winner of the annual show was performer Jonathan McReynolds, who swept the awards taking home eight Stellar Awards including AT&T Artist of the YearState Farm Song of the YearMale Vocalist of the YearCD of the YearProducer of the YearContemporary Male Vocalist of the YearContemporary CD of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Performance of the YearJekalyn Carr received three awards forAlbertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year. The Walls Group were awarded twice as Duo/Chorus Group of the Year and Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year.

Video Credit: Central City Productions

A special award presentation was also given to honor 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 (Gospel Music Association) and Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration) into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame.

This year’s line-up of performances included an energetic opening number by Hezekiah WalkerKirk Franklin stirring the audience to their feet performing new music and a rousing medley by Phil Thompson, Kelontae Gavin and Maranda Curtis. Other performers included Brian Courtney WilsonKoryn HawthorneTodd DulaneyCharles Jenkins,Jekalyn Carr and emerging new artists Jabari JohnsonWill McMillian and more.

The show will continue to air around the country in broadcast syndication from April 27 through May 26 (check local listings).For more information visit us at www.thestellarawards.com.

The Biggest Night in Gospel Music Premieres on BET Easter Sunday, April 21st at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT

Photo Credit: Earl Gibson/Gip III
Video Credit: Central City Productions

The Biggest Night in Gospel Music Premieres on BET Easter Sunday, April 21st at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT

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