The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on BET on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and again at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. The biggest night in gospel music will also feature rousing performances by Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis and Todd Dulaney.
The show was held on March 29, 2019 at 10am.
Stellar Awards Executive Producer and Founder, Don Jackson shared, “It was 35 years ago when Aretha performed ‘Precious Lord’ on my very first Gospel Music television special ‘Living the Dream.’ In recognition of Aretha’s roots in Gospel Music and her continuing love for the genre, I am delighted that our executive committee agreed to present her with our ICON Award posthumously and continue to present the award forever in her name as the Aretha Franklin ICON Award.”
Among this year’s presenters are Anthony Brown, Yolanda Adams, Dr. Bobby Jones, DeVon Franklin, Janice Gaines and JJ Hairston. As previously announced, The Stellar Awards nominees with multiple nominations include Jonathan McReynolds, Maranda Curtis, Todd Dulaney, Jekalyn Carr, Koryn Hawthorne, Snoop Dogg, Tori Kelly, Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, Jarell Smalls and Company, Kelontae Gavin and Tasha Page-Lockhart.
This year’s Stellar Awards will recognize gospel music royalty who have made substantial contributions to the genre with special honors. Legendary gospel singer 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 winners this year was as follows.
TheWallsGroup won Duo/Chorus Group of the Year
Jabari Johnson won New Artist of the Year!
keithwonderboyj won Traditional Duo/Chorus Group of the Year!
VaShawnMitchell won Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year!
tashalockhart won Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year!
jonmcreynolds won Contemporary CD of the Year!
JekalynCarr won Traditional CD of the Year!
jonmcreynolds won Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year
Casey Cross won Music Video of the Year!
New Direction won Contemporary Choir of the Year!
Flame314 won tRap Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year Award
PNHTeens won Youth Project of the Year award!
Israel Houghton won the first award of the night…Recorded Music Packaging of the Year!