What You Missed at the 37th Stellar Awards: Pastor Mike Takes Home’ Male Artist of the Year!


The 37th annual Stellar Gospel Music Award held by BET in Atlanta took place July 16 to honor some of the most influential artists in gospel music!

Every voice was lifted through orchestral performances, heartfelt speeches, and a mirrored love for Him. Pivoting on a dire need to spread the gospel to every walk of life, The Stellar Gospel Award exemplified what it means to be united. 

Here are some things you might have missed. 

This year’s celebration was hosted by Stellar Award-winning artists Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard, who both looked stunning in every fit. Subsequently, musicians like Chrisette Michelle and The Manns flourished in pink attire on this year’s red carpet. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin looked blue-tiful. 

The award ceremony premiered Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, and BET International. Pastor Mike Jr. led the list of winners with a 

total of six Stellar Awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year

Contemporary Male Artist of the YearContemporary Album of the Year, and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol. 1. CeCe Winans won three Stellar Awards, including Producer of the Year, Praise and Worship Album of the Year, and Praise and Worship Song of the Year, all linked to her album Believe For It

Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music received three awards for their collaboration, Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. E.P., including Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, and Special Event Album of the Year. Both Tamela Mann and Ricky Dillard received two Stellar Awards; Ricky won the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Toyota for his impact on Gospel music as a renowned choir leader and recording artist. Tamela was honored with Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year, making her The Stellars most awarded artist. Furthermore, two-time nominee E. Dewey Smith was named Best New Artist for his 2021 albums God Period and Let Praises Ring. The Stellar Awards also took the time to honor some of the music industry’s notable contributions, six-time Grammy Award-winning hitmaker and producer Aaron Lindsey received the proper R-E-S-P-E-C-T with

the Aretha Franklin Icon Award, presented by Aflac. 

During his speech via The Teal Mango, he said:

“I could probably find a way to creative a narrative that suggests that in some way I had the ability create this and do this by myself, but I’m far too smart for that cause I know had it not been for the lord that was on my side. He further added, “And I also realize that it’s not by might not by power but is by God’s spirit that we do this music that we do.”

Candi Staton was honored with the Ambassador Dr. Bobby 

Jones Legends Award for her almost seven-decade dedication to Gospel music. 

The Stellars also featured uplifting performances from artists such as Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Maverick City Music, 

Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Le’Andria Johnson, Koryn Hawthorne, Brian Courtney Wilson, Jor’Dan Armstrong, Doe, Rudy Currence, Chrisette Michele, Darrel Walls, James Fortune, up-and-coming artists, Prairie View A&M University’s drumline, and more. In essence, the viewers at home concluded that there was “no better way to end the ‘Greatest Night in Gospel Music’ than with some real hitters.”

One Twitter user said, “Marvin Sapp almost had me standing on this couch.” Another commented, “Come on CHOIR…..  Let’s Worship nah!!!”

Overall, the 37th annual Stellar Gospel Music Award was one for the books! From soul-stirring tributes to well-deserved recognition, the show proved why it’s best to step in both faith and prayer. 

For more details about the 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards, visit @NoirOnlineOrg_ on Twitter or check out #StellarAwards

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