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This is the 36th Year of the FLAGSHIP Stellar Gospel Music Awards brand – it is the LONGEST RUNNING Black televised award show on television! The Stellar Awards is an African American national television award program in salute to Gospel music artists and other industry professionals for their priceless contributions to the Gospel music industry. The Stellar Award is a family-friendly event supported by an all-star cast of entertainment’s biggest stars.

  • Announcement of Show Logistics: 
  • Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville,  TN / Saturday, July 10, 2021 
  • Show Theme: “Lighting the Way with our Faith, Music & Family” 
  • The Stellar Awards will air in national TV Broadcast Syndication from August 7, 2021 – to September 5, 2021. 
  • Special award honorees: 
    • James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award The Clark  Sisters (Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Twinkie Clark &  Jacky Clark Chisholm) 
      • They have performed together on 3 Stellar Awards broadcasts
      • Collectively, they have received 15 Stellar Awards
      • Honored as the Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement  Recipients in 2007
    • Aretha Franklin ICON Award Lady Tramaine Hawkins Recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 
      • 2016 Inductee into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame.  
      •  5X Stellar Awards winner 
      •  Host of the 1st Stellar Awards 

Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award Dr. Leonard Scott – Founder of Tyscot Records – the oldest  operating Black-owned Gospel label in the world 

Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees 

Kerry Douglas – Founder and CEO of Black Smoke Music  Worldwide. Over 25 years overtaking artists to stardom, including Pastor Mike, Jr.; James Fortune; Earnest Pugh; and Zacardi Cortez.

Teresa Hairston – Founder of Gospel Today Magazine and the Gospel Heritage Foundation. Over the 30+ years of her leadership, Gospel Today grew to become the longest-running and most widely distributed Urban Christian Lifestyle magazine in history.  

The highlight of Top Nominees

  • Jonathan McReynolds 8 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Artist of the Year,  Album of the Year & Producer of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: People 
    • Song Title: Movin’ On ft. Mali Music 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: In 2019, he walked away with 8 Stellar Awards  Wins (his 1st time ever winning) in the Top Categories of Artist of the Year,  Song of the Year, Male Vocalist Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year. 
  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy 7 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo/Chorus Group of  the Year & Producer of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: 2econd Wind: Ready 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: In 2016, he walked away with 9 Stellar Awards  Wins (his 1st time ever winning) in the Top Categories of Artist of the Year,  Song of the Year, Male Vocalist Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year. 
    • Total Stellar Awards Wins: 13 
  • Kierra Sheard – 7 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Albertina Walker Female  Artist of the Year & Album of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: Kierra 
    • Song Title: Something Has to Break (Live) ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: Won her first award during the 14th Annual Stellar  Awards (1999) in the Children’s Performance of the Year Category 
    • Total Stellar Awards Wins:
  • Maverick City Music – 7 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Artist of the Year, Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, New Artist of  the Year & Album of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: Maverick City Music Vol 3 Part 1 
    • Song Title: Man of your word 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: They are first time nominees 
  • Pastor Mike, Jr. 7 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year & Album of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: Big: Freedom Sessions 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins Last year, as a first-time nominee, he walked away with 2 Stellar Wins – New Artist of the Year and Rap Hip Hop Album of the Year. 
    • Jekalyn Carr 4 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year & Album of the Year Album Title Name: Changing Your Story 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: Won her first award during the 29th Annual Stellar  Awards (2014) in the Children’s Project of the Year Category. 
    • Total Stellar Awards Wins:
  • Chicago Mass Choir – 3 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Choir of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: My Soul Says Yes 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: Won their first Stellar Award in 2017 for Traditional  Choir of the Year. 
    • Total Stellar Awards Wins:
    • Rev. Luther Barnes & The Restoration Worship Center – 3 Nominations for 2021 Top Categories: Choir of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: Look to the Hills 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: This is the first nomination for Rev. Luther Barnes and the Restoration Worship Center Choir. However, Rev. Luther Barnes won a  Stellar Award in 2005 with the Sunset Jubilaires. 
    • Total Stellar Awards Wins:
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard – 3 Nominations for 2021 
    • Top Categories: Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year & Praise and  Worship Album of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: Royalty: Live at The Ryman 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: She won 2 Stellar Awards last year – Artist of the  Year and Contemporary Female of the Year. In 2014 she won New Artist of the  Year. 
    • Total Stellar Awards Wins: 11 
  • The Clark Sisters – 3 Nominations for 2021 – for 2 different projects (Their personal  project – The Return and PJ Morton’s Project – The Gospel According to PJ) Top Categories: Duo/Chorus Group of the Year 
    • Album Title Name: Royalty: Live at The Ryman 
    • Past Stellar Awards Wins: They won back-to-back Stellar Awards at the 24th and 25th Annual Events for Special Event Album of the Year. 
    • Total Stellar Awards Wins: 15
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