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Whew! I try not to get too worked up before bed but Easter Sunday, I made an exception.. And I am so glad I did.
I was one of the millions of viewers who watched the Stellar Awards broadcast on BET on Easter Sunday.
Featuring a mix of well-known and up and coming voices in gospel music, the event was truly a star-studded one that started on the red carpet and carried on through the evening.
When I was growing up as a kid in Sacramento, the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin was a staple on the turntables (yes, turntables), her voice honed from her years growing up singing in her father’s Detroit Church.
Sadly, that voice was silenced after Aretha died in August of last year so it was fitting to see the Queen of Soul receive 34th Annual Stellar Awards award Aretha the Icon Award posthumously.
The Stellar Awards are always a Who’s Who in the gospel music scene and this year was no different. Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis and Todd Dulaney performed with the crown prince of gospel music, Kirk Franklin, holding down hosting duties.
Music, praise and just a whole lot of joy emanated from the screen but the night belonged to big winner McReynolds who walked away with 8 trophies including artist of the year, male vocalist of the year and song of the year to name just a few.
Congratulations to ALL the night’s winners but it was truly US who were blessed!