34th Annual Stellar Awards Delivers a Star Studded Weekend

34th Annual Stellar Awards Delivers a Star Studded Weekend

Las Vegas, NV--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 for Albertina 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. 

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.

Among some of the big winners for the weekend were Jonathan McReynolds taking home eight trophies. Jekalyn Carr was named female vocalist of the year and The Walls Group won the award for duo/chorus group of the year. The best new artist trophy went to Jabari Johnson

2019 Winners 34th Annual Stellar Awards:

Artist of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds Make Room, Entertainment One

Song of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds, Terrell Demetrius Wilson & Anna B. Not Lucky, I’m Loved, Entertainment One

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds Make Room, Entertainment One

Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year: Jekalyn Carr One Nation Under God, Lunjeal Music Group

Group/Duo of the Year: The Walls Group The Other Side, RCA Inspiration/Fo Yo Soul Recordings

New Artist of the Year: Jabari Johnson Day Of Redemption, Entertainment One

CD of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds Make Room, Entertainment One

Choir of the Year: Bishop Noel Jones & City Of Refuge Sanctuary Choir Run To The Altar, JH/Tyscot

Producer of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds & Darryl “Lil Man” Howell Make Room, Entertainment One

Contemporary Group/Duo Artist of the Year: The Walls Group The Other Side, RCA Inspiration/Fo Yo Soul Recordings

Traditional Duo/Chorus Group of the Year: Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson Keep Pushin, Wonder Spirit/Srt/Shanachie

Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds Make Room, Entertainment One

Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year: Vashawn Mitchell Cross Music, Tyscot

Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year: Tasha Page Lockhart/ The Beautiful Project, RCA Inspiration/Fo Yo Soul Recordings

Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year: Jekalyn Carr One Nation Under God, Lunjeal Music Group

Contemporary CD of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds Make Room, Entertainment One

Traditional CD of the Year: Jekalyn Carr One Nation Under God, Lunjeal Music Group

Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year: Jonathan McReynolds Not Lucky, I’m Loved, Entertainment One

Music Video of the Year: Casey Cross Won’t He Do It, RCA Inspiration

Traditional Choir of the Year: Bishop Noel Jones & City Of Refuge Sanctuary Choir Run To The Altar, JH/Tyscot

Traditional Choir of the Year: New Direction When All God’s Children Get Together, New Haven Records

Special Event CD of the Year: Fred Hammond The Best Of Fred Hammond, Verity/Sony Music

Rap Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year: Flame God Knows, Clear Sight Music 

Youth Project of the Year: Pure N Heart “Be You” 15 Years Unplugged, Music2changeu 

Quartet of the Year: Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson Keep Pushin, Wonder Spirit / SRT/Shanachie

Recorded Music Packaging of the Year: Israel Houghton Road To Demaskus, RCA Inspiration

Praise and Worship CD of the Year: Todd Dulaney Your Great Name, Entertainment One

 

 

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