On Gospel music’s biggest night, with a red carpet full of celebrities, singer Jonathan McReynolds left the 34th annual Stellar Awards with an armful of trophies. He took home 8 Stellars Friday at the awards show held Friday March 29th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
McReynolds won Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year for “Make Room”, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Not Lucky, I’m Loved”, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Urban/ Contemporary Single or Performance of the Year for “Not Lucky, I’m Loved”.
The awards show, hosted by Kirk Franklin, featured a tribute to legendary singer Aretha Franklin performed by performed by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell. Members of Franklin’s family were presented with the inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award.
The Walls group won awards for Group/ Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/ Duo Artists of the Year. Jekalyn Carr took home the Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year award as well as the awards for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year for “One Nation, Under God”
Other winners include Rapper Flame winning the Stellar Award for Rap Hip Hop CD of the Year for “God Knows”, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson with wins for Quartet of the Year and Traditional Duo/ Chorus of the Year, and Jabari Johnson won New Artist of the Year.