VEGAS – The 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena saw JJ Harrison as the nights big winner.
The annual show hailed as an, “epic night in gospel music,” was hosted by Kirk Franklin and featured performances by Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show also included an all-star tribute to the late, Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a stand out moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.”
The night included performances by Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and others.
Top winners of the night were Hairston with six awards; Cobbs Leonard and Greene each winning four awards; and Brown winning two awards
Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rev. Milton Biggham received the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard and Dr. Marabeth Gentry, president of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
The Stellar Awards telecast will air on TV One and in broadcast syndication on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country through May 6.