Written By: Cornell Jermaine
March 29, 2019 marked the 34th Annual Stellar Awards held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Nevada. It was a weekend filled with praise and celebration.
The most rewarding part was seeing all the Detroit natives represented in a big way. Among them were Worship Pastor, Amish McDonald, the amazingly talented gospel quintet, Shelby 5, Stellar Award and Sunday Best Winner, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and power couple, Tammi and Gerald Haddon.
Another Detroiter spotted was the showing stopping, Lexi Allen. Lexi is a Gospel Singer, Songwriter, TV Host & YouTube Sensation. She hosted the Stellar Awards Pre-Show along with Pastor Charles Jenkins.
We weren’t only represented for our musical contribution to gospel music, we also showed out in other categories. Veteran, Program Director and Midday Host for the Detroit Praise Network, Randi Myles was nominated for Radio Announcer Of The Year. To make the show even better our very own Queen Of Soul, the late and great, Ms. Aretha Franklin was celebrated. Her youngest son, Kecalf Franklin and grandson Jordan Franklin came to watch as their late mother/grandmother was honored with a soul-stirring tribute given by R&B powerhouse, Regina Belle, music sensation, Kelly Price and one half of the legendary gospel duo Mary Mary, Erica Campbell.
As a Detroiter it was remarkable to see us represented with such excellence. Though a few of the individuals mentioned are no longer residents of this great city, the fact that they were born, raised and reared in gospel music right here in this very place makes me proud. There’s so much talent and so many gifted gospel musicians, singers, songwriters, broadcasters in this city.
The Stellar Awards will broadcast on BET Easter Sunday (April 21) at 7:00 PM EST.
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