34th Annual Stellar Awards Recap and Results

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 evening’s big winner was Jonathan McReynolds. The Chicago native and eOne Music recording artist’s first live project, titled Make Room, swept the awards taking home eight Stellar Awards including AT&T Artist of the Year, State Farm Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Performance of the Year.

Other multiple winners included Jekalyn Carr, who picked up three awards including Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year for her release One Nation Under GodThe Walls Group grabbed two awards as Duo/Chorus Group of the Year and Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year for their release The Other Side. Their weekend was also punctuated by the announcement of their new label home, My Block Inc, headed by Grammy Award winning producer Warryn Campbell. Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson served as the other multiple winner. The New York native and quartet aficionado snagged the awards for Traditional Duo/Chorus of the Year and Quartet of the Year for his release Keep Pushin.

Gospel legend Delores Washington Green of The Caravans received the Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award. Grammy Award winning gospel icon 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 medley of landmark hits from Grammy Award winner Hezekiah Walker. Kirk Franklin stirred the audience with the presentation of his latest single “Love Theory”, while worship leaders Phil Thompson, Kelontae Gavin and Maranda Curtis made their Stellar Awards performance debut with a powerful medley. Other performers included Brian Courtney Wilson, Koryn Hawthorne, Todd Dulaney, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr and emerging new artists Jabari Johnson, Will McMillian and more.

The evening was punctuated by an emotional performance from Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle honoring the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Brenda Corbett, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Franklin, representing the Family of the late-legend, were presented with the inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award in honor of her profound impact on the Gospel music genre and unforgettable contributions.

The 34th Annual Stellar Awards, 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 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.

Check out the full listing of winners below.
34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jonathan McReynolds, Make Room, Entertainment One

SONG OF THE YEAR
– Not Lucky, I’m Loved, Jonathan McReynolds (artist), Jonathan McReynolds, Terrell Demetrius Wilson & Anna B. Warner (songwriters), 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

DUO/CHORUS GROUP 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
Make Room, Jonathan McReynolds, 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 DUO/CHORUS GROUP 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
Make Room, Jonathan McReynolds, Entertainment One

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
One Nation Under God, Jekalyn Carr, Lunjeal Music Group

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Not Lucky, I’m Loved, Jonathan McReynolds, Entertainment One

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– Won’t He Do It, Koryn Hawthorne (artist), Casey Cross (director), RCA Inspiration

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Bishop Noel Jones & City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, Run to the Altar, JH/Tyscot

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
New Direction, When All God’s Children Get Together, New Haven Records

INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR
– CATEGORY OMITTED

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
The Best of Fred Hammond, Fred Hammond, Verity/Sony Music

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
God Knows, Flame, 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
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, http://uGospel.com

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
Dwight Stone, WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta, GA

 

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