One Stage Filled with the Good News of Jesus Christ

The 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, produced by Central City Productions, and hosted by Kirk Franklin, will premiere on TV One, Good Friday, March 30, at 9PM EST/8PM CST. Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication March 31-May 6, 2018 on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country.

This year’s spectacular show open featured Stellar Awards alum, Erica Campbell, reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show also included an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a standout moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.”

The night included performances by Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkin, Merle Dandridge, David Mann, Anika Noni Rose and more.

Top winners of the night were JJ Hairston with six awards; Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Travis Greene each winning four awards, and Anthony Brown winning two awards (see the complete Stellar Awards winners list here).

Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham received The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

Team, don’t miss this amazing night of gospel music with all of your favorite gospel artists. Set those DVRs, and be sure to keep the gospel music industry on your prayer list, that the good news of Jesus Christ in song will continue to impact lives everywhere.

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