Trendy was at the 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards ceremony which took place during a live-taped ceremony on Saturday, July 16, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia and was hosted by Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard.
Pastor Mike, Jr. received six Stellar Awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year, as well as Album of the Year while 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.
Other winners included Jonathan McReynolds (pictured right) and Mali Music received three awards for their collaboration, Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP, including Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, and Special Event Album of the Year, Tamela Mann and Ricky Dillard, both of whom received two Stellar Awards, with Dillard also received the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Toyota in recognition of his contributions to Gospel music as a renowned choir leader and recording artist.
In addition, Two-time nominee E. Dewey Smith was named Best New Artist for his 2021 albums God Period and Let Praises Ring.
This year’s celebration will premiere Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, and BET International between August 13 and September 11, 2022, and features performances by 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.
By Samantha Ofole-Prince/ Photo Credit: Central City Productions