Central City Productions announced the performers and presenters for The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by AT&T, including a posthumous tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The tribute with performances by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell will be followed by a presentation of the Aretha Franklin ICON Award.
Gospel icon Kirk Franklin, will return to host the live show taping at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Friday, March 29, 2019.
The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on BET on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. CT and again at 9 p.m. CT. The biggest night in gospel music will feature rousing performances by Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis and Todd Dulaney.
Presenters this year include: Anthony Brown, Yolanda Adams, Dr. Bobby Jones, DeVon Franklin, Janice Gaines and JJ Hairston.
This year’s Stellar Awards will recognize gospel music royalty who have made substantial contributions to the genre with special honors. Living Legend Delores Washington Green of The Caravans will receive The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees include Jackie Patillo (Dove Awards), James Robinson, Jr. (Malaco Gospel) and Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration).
The show’s star-studded red-carpet Live Stream Show will be hosted by Deitrick Haddon and Goo Goo Atkins.
Stellar Awards pre-show festivities include:
The Independent Artist Showcase at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday, March 27 at the Orleans Showroom hosted by comedian Akintunde and Sunday Best Finalist Jessica Reedy. In addition to the competition with new artists, the show will feature performances by Earnest Pugh, Sir the Baptist and Shelby 5.
Thursday, March 28, kicks off at 9:30 am PT with the invitation only Stellar Academy series of masterclass executive panels with Don Jackson, DeVon Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and celebrity stylist J. Bolin that I am privileged to be invited to attend.
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show hosted by Charles Jenkins and Lexi is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. PT at the Orleans Showroom. Performances include: Casey J, VaShawn Mitchell, Isabel Davis, William Murphy, Benita Jones, Vincent Tharpe and Kenosis, and more.
Quartet legends, The Sensational Nightingales, will be honored with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award.
The celebration and fun continues into the night with Midnight Gospel Bowling featuring a performance by Vanessa Bell Armstrong and more at 11:30 p.m. PT at the Orleans Bowling Center.
The Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase, honoring the most outstanding radio stations and announcers who serve urban gospel music audiences, is scheduled Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. P.T. I am honored to be among the nominees for Radio Announcer of the Year. The event, hosted by Byron Cage and Janice Gaines has performances scheduled for Anthony Brown, Chrystal Rucker, Isaiah Templeton, Evelyn Turrentine, DJ Dwight Stone, Emcee N.I.C.E., Miz Tiffany, Jor’Dan Armstrong, The McDonald Sisters, Brent Jones and The Waco Community Choir.
More of the biggest names in gospel and a few additional surprises are being added to the growing list of top performers and presenters appearing in this year’s show.
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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.