The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards Taping in Atlanta this Saturday!

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Central City Productions has announced the nominees for the 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the annual celebration honoring excellence in Gospel music. The Stellar Awards will return to Atlanta for the live-taped ceremony on Saturday, July 16, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, as part of an illustrious weekend of events that will include a special announcement about the upcoming launch of the Stellar TV Network. Stellar Award-winning artists Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard-Kelly will co-host this year’s event, which will air on BET, BET HER, and BET International in August, and will be syndicated in various local markets across the country between August 13 and September 11.

The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards will feature performances by Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Maranda Curtis, Ricky Dillard, Kelontae Gavin, Rudy Currence, Chrisette Michele, DOE, James Fortune, Jason Nelson, Travis Greene, Darrel Walls, and Jor’Dan Armstrong.

Leading this year’s nominations is Gospel music legend CeCe Winans, widely considered the best-selling female Gospel artist of all time. Winans has 9 total nominations including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year, all stemming from her critically acclaimed album, “Believe For It.”

Pastor Mike, Jr., the 2021 Stellar Award winner for Artist of the Year, received 8 total nominations, including Producer of the Year, Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year, tied to “I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol 1.” 2018 James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Tamela Mann, Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, and Todd Dulaney all received 6 nominations, with Mali Music receiving an additional nomination for a feature on a separate project. Kelontae Gavin received 5 nominations. Other artists with several nominations for this year’s Stellar Awards include Maverick City Music, Israel Houghton, Ricky Dillard, E. Dewey Smith, and Jason Clayborn, all of whom received 4 nominations each.

“Gospel music has encouraged millions of people through more than two unrelenting years of the pandemic, and the Stellar Awards will, again, deliver in bringing the praise and recognizing the artists who bless us with their inspirational sounds,” said Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Central City Productions, which established the Stellar Awards. “Those who love Black, faith, and family-centric programs can look forward to both the Stellar Awards and to all that our Stellar TV Network has to offer when it premieres in September.”

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards also bestows special honors to industry titans who continue creating a legacy of excellence that reaches and influences the masses, both within and outside of the Gospel genre. Six-time Grammy Award-winning hitmaker and producer Aaron Lindsey will receive the Aretha Franklin Icon Award presented by Aflac, and renowned choir leader and recording artist Ricky Dillard will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Toyota. The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award is presented to Candi Staton, a music pioneer who, for nearly seven decades, has been a captivating Gospel music artist.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards is proud to be presented this year by AT&T Dream in Black. This year’s sponsors also include Proctor & Gamble (P&G), Walmart, State Farm, Toyota, McDonald’s – Black & Positively Golden, and Aflac. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards are also proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Spotify.

For a full list of nominees and for additional updates, follow The Stellar Awards on social media — @thestellars on Instagram and Twitter and Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Facebook — and check out the Stellar Awards website.


Alert! Pastor Jamal Bryant & Bishop Marvin Sapp to Coach at Official Stellar Awards Celebrity Basketball Game in Atlanta Tomorrow, July 14…

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As Atlanta prepares to welcome Gospel’s biggest music award show, Bear Tag Entertainment (BTE) under its CEO, Lamont Sanders is gearing up for a community event like none other. On July 14th, Sanders, and his partners Marie, Milliicent Brathwaite, Michael Gordon are hosting the official Stellar Awards Sanctioned Celebrity Basketball Game at 7pm at the Riverside EpiCenter located 135 Riverside Parkway in Austell, GA. The doors will open at 6pm with DJ Lil Will.

Pre-show with Agape Music Group and a smashing halftime show with Brea, Twyse & Canton Jones. Kicking off with Kim Burrell singing the National Anthem. National recording artist and former NBA player Ben Tankard, recording artists Tywyse, Canton Jones, Jor’dan Armstrong, Jermaine Dolly, Kelontae Gavin, Mali Music, Jason Clayborn and Cortez Vaughn are some of the confirmed players. Pastor Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, and national recording artist Zacardi Cortez will coach the East while national recording artist and pastor, Bishop Marvin Sapp and former NFL player Dr. Irving Fryar Sr. are serving as coaches for the West.

I can’t see Pastor Jamal Bryant and Bishop Marvin Sapp coaching basketball teams, but at the very least, it should be an entertaining game! LOL…


BTE is partnering with Faith Broussard Cade, Speaker, Author, Humanitarian of Fleur De Lis Speaks to share about the state of Mental Health. Also, CTL Staffing Agency to provide on-site job recruitment for individuals seeking employment while offering mental health resources to attendees from various participating organizations including professionals from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the morning starting at 11am. It also is partnering with the nonprofit organization Supreme Gospel Entertainment & Ministries to distribute school supplies to area youth during the early afternoon.


Founded by international recording artist, entrepreneur, Lamont Sanders, Bear Tag Entertainment is a company that provides a global platform for entertainers (i.e., artists, models, singers, dancers, musicians, actors, actresses, etc.) in the industry to showcase their raw talent. BTE is committed to spreading the vision of God’s love and endless hope worldwide with thought provoking and life changing entertainment through sports and music.


The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production and Producer. The Stellar Awards recognizes the year’s best performances in the gospel music genre, honors gospel music icons, and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the gospel music industry.

​Bear Tag Entertainment’s Stellar Celebrity Basketball Game is sponsored in part by Indie Go Inspire, Gray Photo, Gr8trks, Gospel Music Buzz, Praise 102.5 (Radio One), Millions Billions Trillions, DJ Lil Will(St. Louis, MO), Reach Gospel, Merge Music Group, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, VTV Television, Walmart+ and CTL Staffing Agency, Faith Broussard Cade/ Fluer De Lis Speaks and GC Public Relations.

Tickets are currently on sale on! Click HERE to buy them…

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Relentless Church First Lady Aventer Gray Asks for Prayer for Pastor John Gray Who Is In the Hospital With a Saddle Pulmonary Embolism…

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Relentless Church First Lady Aventer Gray is asking for prayer for her husband Pastor John Gray as he battling a saddle pulmonary embolism! Check out her heart-wrenching social media post from yesterday below…

Hello family. My family and I stand in need of a miracle. Please keep my husband @realjohngray in your prayers.

After feeling a little different over the past couple weeks, he went to the ER on Thursday evening and was immediately admitted to CCU with A saddle Pulmonary Embolism in the pulmonary artery and more lung blood clots. The Saddle PE is in a position that could potentially end his life if it shifts at all. The clot burden is severe and only God is holding it in place. He is currently in CCU and based on CT & Echo we will need two types of surgery due to the pressure now on the heart within the next 24 hours. To place this in perspective, the doctor said that people have come into the hospital dead with this exact scenario he walked in with.

The Doctor said God has to keep him through the night and he can not move, not even get up to walk to a bathroom.

Ok, COOL! Thanks ma’am! God isn’t done! I don’t care what CT, ECHO, All or any of the tests show! It’s clear God isn’t finished. Clots have to bow to my God! That’s all! I need as many people who believe in the miracle healing power Of Jesus Christ to join me and my family and our church as we cry out on behalf of John W. Gray III.

I’m rocking with God, Relentlessly!

THANK YOU TO OUR @relentlessgreenville @relentlessatlanta & our @lakewoodchurch for those that showed up physically literally already and reached out in multiple ways after just the word of mouth! We love you all!
My goodness, right?! Pastor Gray certainly needs our prayers…
Any thoughts?