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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

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April 15, 2019

(Las Vegas, NV) - April 15, 2019 –The  34 th  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 Year ,  State Farm   Song of the Year ,  Male Vocalist of the Year ,  CD of the Year ,  Producer of the Year ,  Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year ,  Contemporary CD of the Year  and  Urban/Inspirational Performance of the Year .  Jekalyn 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 Walker,  Kirk 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 Wilson ,  Koryn Hawthorne ,  Todd Dulaney ,  Charles 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

About Central City Productions
Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. produces and distributes original programming targeting African American audiences. CCP's award- winning television programs include the Black Music Honors, Stellar Tribute to the Holidays, The Black College Quiz Show Series, Mentoring Kings, Stellar Sunday, among many others. For more information, please visit
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.




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