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34th STELLAR AWARDS TO PREMIERE ON BET EASTER SUNDAY 4/21

THE 34TH STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS

PRESENTS INAUGURAL ARETHA FRANKLIN ICON AWARD TO

QUEEN OF SOUL’S FAMILY WITH TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE BY

ERICA CAMPBELL, KELLY PRICE & REGINA BELLE

The Biggest Night in Gospel Music Premieres on

BET Easter Sunday, April 21st at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT

Top Winner Jonathan McReynolds Takes Home Eight Stellar Awards

Performances by Host Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Brian Courtney Wilson, Koryn Hawthorne, Todd Dulaney, Charles Jenkins and Jekalyn Carr

The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will premiere on BET Network on Easter Sunday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT.  Produced by Central City Productions, the biggest night in gospel music, hosted by Kirk Franklin, will be the key program for the networks family focused line-up for the day.

Taped live at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV, the stand-out highlight of the evening was an emotional tribute performance by Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle honoring the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Family members of the late-legend Brenda Corbett, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Franklin were presented with the inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award to give posthumous recognition of her profound impact on the Gospel music genre and unforgettable contributions.

The undeniable breakout winner of the annual show was performer Jonathan McReynolds, who swept the awards taking home eight Stellar Awards including AT&T Artist of the YearState Farm Song of the YearMale Vocalist of the YearCD of the YearProducer of the YearContemporary Male Vocalist of the YearContemporary CD of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Performance of the YearJekalyn Carr received three awards for Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year. The Walls Group were awarded twice as Duo/Chorus Group of the Year and Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year.

A special award presentation was also given to honor gospel legend Delores Washington Green of The Caravans with the Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award.Gospel star Yolanda Adams and Stellar Awards Founder, Chairman & CEO Don Jackson inducted James Robinson Jr. (Malaco Gospel), Jackie Patillo(GMA) and Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration) into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame.

This year’s sensational line-up of performances included an energetic opening number by Hezekiah WalkerKirk Franklin stirring the audience to their feet performing new music and a rousing medley by Phil Thompson, Kelontae Gavin and Maranda Curtis. Other performers included Brian Courtney WilsonKoryn HawthorneTodd DulaneyCharles Jenkins and Jekalyn Carr.

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.

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