Winners of 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Announced, Premieres Sunday, Aug. 1 at 8/7c on BET (PHOTOS)!

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The Stellar Gospel Music Awards celebrated its 36th year honoring excellence in gospel music, featuring soul-stirring performances that will awe audiences who love sounds of inspiration. Hosted by gospel chart-toppers Jekalyn Carr and Tye Tribbett, this year’s ceremony showcased an eclectic mix of gospel legends and industry standard-bearers along with the unstoppable force of young, contemporary artists who are spreading the good news in new ways. The annual celebration, set to premiere Sunday, August 1st at 8PM ET/PT on BET,  underscored the power of artists who boldly proclaim a Christ-centered identity, represent the unique sounds of their region, and display the rich diversity filling gospel music with a healing and uplifting energy that reaches the masses. 

A new generation of gospel artists showed up and showed out during the celebration as a testament to the genre’s staying power. Among them, Pastor Mike Jr., nominated for multiple Stellar Awards this year, performed “Big,” and host Jekalyn Carr belted her songs, “Change Your Story” and “Jehovah Jireh.” Maverick City Music treated audiences to the harmonious sound of “Jireh,” and various emerging artists such as JokiaTerrian, and Nia Allen were spotlighted as up-and-coming gospel talent. 

Big winners at the 36th Stellar Gospel Music Awards include Pastor Mike Jr., who was named Artist of the Year and won Rap/Hip Hop Gospel Album of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year. Kierra Sheard was feted during the ceremony with Song of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year, and Maverick City Music won both New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. Other multiple Stellar Awards winners include Jonathan McReynolds, who was named Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, and as part of a group that won Producer of the Year; and Tasha Cobbs Leonard, whose wins included Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Praise and Worship Album of the Year, and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year.  

Select categories and winners are featured on Instagram @TheStellarsSocial media lit up during the event, generating more than two million impressions with posts featuring performances, winners, and other notable moments. The audience and performers were pleased to return to an in-person ceremony after the Stellar Awards went virtual last year due to pandemic lockdowns. COVID-19 safety protocols were enacted as part of the in-person event.   

Among many highlights from “The Greatest Night in Gospel Music,” Yolanda AdamsTamela Mann, and Avery*Sunshine joined together to deliver a powerful tribute to Lady Tramaine Hawkins, who was honored with the Aretha Franklin Icon Award presented by Toyota. The trio performed a medley including widely-known Hawkins’ songs such as “Holy One,” “Changed,” and “Going Up Yonder.” The Clark Sisters, who received the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award presented by AT&T, also performed rousing renditions of “Is My Living In Vain,” “Blessed & Highly Favored,” “You Brought The Sunshine,” and “His Love.” The legendary group received three nominations for this year’s Stellar Awards. 

Kierra Sheard gave a spirited offering of “Something Has To Break,” and Sheléa and Christina Bell sang The Clark Sisters’ classic hit “You Brought The Sunshine.” Leading nominee Jonathan McReynolds lifted his voice to the sounds of “Grace” and “Movin’ On,” joined by Mali Music, and CeCe Winans burst into song with “Never Lost” and “Believe For It.”  

Viewers worldwide can expect to witness these dynamic performances and find out who won across all categories when the Stellar Awards airs Sunday, August 1, on BET, BET Her, and BET Gospel at 8 p.m. ET / PT. The show will also air August 2 on BET International. The ceremony, held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN, on Saturday, July 10, will also be carried in various markets for national broadcast syndication from August 7 through September 5.  

The Stellar Awards not only recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, but also honors gospel music icons and those who have been instrumental in advocating for the gospel industry. Top nominees for this year’s ceremony include former Stellar Awards host Jonathan McReynolds, who received eight nominations this year. Anthony Brown & group therAPyKierra SheardMaverick City Music, and Pastor Mike, Jr. each received seven nominations, including a nod each for Artist of the Year. Other celebrated artists receiving multiple Stellar nominations include Tasha Cobbs LeonardThe Clark SistersRev. Luther Barnes and the Restoration Worship Center Choir, the Chicago Mass Choir, and host Jekalyn Carr. 

See photos, taken Photography By Gip III for Central City Productions, from the Stellar Awards below:

Maverick City with Award…

Shirley Caesar…

LaTocha Scott…

Jonathan McReynolds on stage with award…

Lady Tramaine Hawkins…

Master P and son…

Jekalyn Carr and Jawaan Taylor…

Yolanda Adams and daughter Taylor…

The Clark Sisters on carpet…

 

Jordan Kelly and Kierra Sheard Kelly…

Lecrae…

AT&T is proud to be this year’s presenting sponsor. With support from additional sponsors, including State Farm (Song of the Year presenter), Toyota, P&G (Traditional Female Vocalist presenter), and McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, the 2021 Stellar Gospel Music Awards is set to be the gospel event of 2021.For additional updates, follow The Stellar Awards on social media and check our website 

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs And Bishop T.D. Jakes Team Up To Bring Exclusive Sermon Series To REVOLT…

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Sean “Diddy” Combs and Bishop T.D. Jakes announced that they have collaborated to bring the exclusive sermon series to REVOLT, the leading Black-owned multi-media platform. The new weekly show, Kingdom Culture with T.D. Jakes, will feature evangelistic sermons and conversations, broadcasted from The Potter’s House Church in Dallas.

Kingdom Culture’s weekly Sunday service will feature topics such as vision, leadership, growth, power, love and more, allowing Bishop Jakes to reach mass audiences through REVOLT. Jakes’ powerful words of inspiration have reached millions of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, nationalities, and creeds. With the addition of this show, the platform aims to amplify the sermons, garnering attention from hip-hop and culture fans nationwide.

“This partnership is monumental for REVOLT, expanding into the faith space to create a program that will inspire millions around the world to have hope and walk in their power,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs, chairman of REVOLT.  “Bishop Jakes is one of the most transformational leaders of our time who has made a profound impact on my life, so we’re honored for him to join the REVOLT family and use his gift to empower the culture.”

To kick off this partnership, Combs and Jakes sat down to discuss, faith, culture, social justice and hip-hop.

See a snippet of the conversation below…

Kingdom Culture will also re-broadcast the special forums, master class conversations and international dialogues Bishop Jakes and The Potter’s House often host throughout the year with some of the world’s most respected public figures. The gravity and power of T.D. Jakes’ voice and influence extends to business, entertainment, politics and global humanitarian work, which are expected to be, included in forthcoming Kingdom Culture episodes.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with REVOLT, as it is a great opportunity to further expand our reach to a younger generation. In the last year or two, many young people have been adversely affected by a mix of economic woes and a pandemic both here in the United States and around the world,” remarked Jakes.  “I am looking forward to an alliance that engages with this unique audience while also empowering and uplifting them.”

REVOLT will air new episodes of Kingdom Culture with T.D. Jakes on its TV channel every Sunday at 9AM ET.

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Russell Wilson & Ciara Celebrate Fifth Wedding Anniversary in Venice!

 

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In more Ciara news, since I shared with you that Ciara is on Maverick City Music’s album “Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition” on Wednesday, apparently Russell Wilson surprised Ciara with a fifth wedding anniversary getaway to Venice, Italy!  See an excerpt of the ESSENCE article “Russell Wilson Surprised Ciara With A Romantic Getaway To Venice For Their Five-Year Anniversary” by Victoria Uwumarogie followed by a few photographs from the trip!

Ciara and Russell Wilson are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary today (July 6) and what better way to do it than living it up in Italy?

The celeb power couple jetted off to Venice to take in the the sights and sounds of the northern city. It all happened, according to Ci Ci, after Russell told her “Pack your bags….We’re going to Italy.” They enjoyed fine Italian dining (including a variety of delicious pastas), did some shopping for souvenirs (parasol shopping for Sienna), rode in a gondola where an accordion player and singer serenaded them, and stopped at a glassmaker’s shop to get a heart made to commemorate their anniversary.

As there are no roads, only canals and footpaths, they took a luxurious boat everywhere and dressed to the nines (including Russell in his Good Man Brand brand, made in Italy) for just about every outing. The latter choice made sense as photogs were following them across the city and they also had their own personal photographer in tow throughout the trip. See more HERE.

A few things: I wonder what it’s like to have a personal photographer capturing your every moment? It’s hard to imagine that five years has passed by. It seems like yesterday that I wrote, “The Top 10 Christian Clichés to Congratulate Christian Couple Russell Wilson & Ciara on Getting Engaged!!!” I truly love that they flaunt their love in such an extravagant way because we need examples of married black couples loving each other…

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