Photo: This year’s James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will honor the iconic Clark Sisters; Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Twinkie Clark and Jacky Clark Chisholm.
Celebrating its milestone 35th Anniversary of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Central City Productions announces the “Greatest Night in Gospel Music.” Returning to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Friday, March 27, 2020, this year’s milestone Stellar Awards telecast promises to honor the best of three-and-a-half decades of gospel music tradition with performances from Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Maranda Curtis, William Murphy, Zacardi Cortez, Pastor Mike Jr., Kierra Sheard, the Walls Group and Doe. Additional performers will be announced soon.
The show will premiere on BET Networks (and simulcast on BET HER) on April 5 at 8 p.m. ET with an encore at 10 p.m. ET and air in broadcast syndication in more than 216 markets around the country from April 11 – May 17, 2020.
Taking the reigns for the first time as co-hosts this year are Koryn Hawthorne and Jonathan McReynold’s.
Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers leads the field of nominees this year with nine nominations. Other top nominees include Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, JJ Hairston, Bishop Paul S. Morton, John P. Kee, Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, William Murphy, Pastor Mike Jr., Maranda Curis and Fresh Start Worship.
This year’s James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will honor the iconic Clark Sisters; Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Twinkie Clark and Jacky Clark Chisholm. The Clark Sisters hold a collective fifteen Stellar Awards, in addition to the Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award (2007). The legendary Clark Sisters will raise the roof with a rousing set featuring some of their most notable hits.
Lady Tramaine Hawkins will be presented with the Aretha Franklin Icon Award.
Pastor Shirley Caesar is being recognized with the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.
Dr. Leonard Scott will receive the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award.
The Stellar Awards show taping on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. PT is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50-$200 at www.ticketmaster.com For a complete list of Stellar Awards official activities and other information, please visit www.thestellarawards.com.