The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by AT&T ran on BET on Easter Sunday and it was truly a gift!
The biggest night in gospel music returned to BET after a 15-year hiatus with gospel legend Shirley Caesar, Sonya Blakey, VaShawn Mitchell, Jelani Winston, Katlyn Nichol and Sandra “Pepa” Denton just added to the list of presenters scheduled to appear. Presenters previously announced include Anthony Brown, Yolanda Adams, Dr. Bobby Jones, DeVon Franklin, Janice Gaines and JJ Hairston. Hezekiah Walker and Phil Thompson have now joined the thrilling list of performers set to hit the stage including Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis and Todd Dulaney.
The show featured a moving posthumous tribute to the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell. The performance will be followed by a presentation of the Aretha Franklin ICON Award to the family of the late legend. Gospel prince, Kirk Franklin, returns to host the live show taping at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena.
Also being honored this year was legendary gospel singer Delores Washington Green of The Caravans, receiving 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).