Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds to be honored at BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

2024 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards to honor Dorinda Clark-Cole and Jonathan McReynolds

(ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 22, 2024) BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) will pay tribute to the songwriters and publishers behind the best in Gospel at the 2024 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards, held at Flourish Atlanta on Thursday, March 28th. Gospel legend and world-renowned evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole will receive the evening’s highest honor as a Trailblazer of Gospel in recognition of her illustrious career spanning over 50 years and incomparable influence on the genre and beyond. Jonathan McReynolds will receive the BMI Champion Award for his exceptional artistry and impact on Gospel music, marking the first time this accolade has been presented at this ceremony. The private event will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton.

“We’re thrilled to be recognizing our BMI family of songwriters and publishers for their contributions to Gospel music and the Gospel community,” said Brewton. “When I think of a trailblazer in Gospel music, Dorinda stands out as a pioneering figure. The Clark Sisters are among the legends of Gospel, and Dorinda’s distinctive jazzy sound lends a unique brilliance to the group. I’m so proud to be honoring her work and highlighting the impact she’s made on the genre and community through her music and evangelism. We’re also paying tribute to one of the most incredible voices in Gospel, Jonathan McReynolds, whose music is often referred to as ‘life’ songs, speaking to the hearts of all. We’re looking forward to celebrating all of our honorees and bringing the community together for an afternoon of faith, fellowship and incredible music.”

Throughout the ceremony, BMI will also recognize the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the past year’s 25 most-performed Gospel songs in the United States. The BMI Gospel Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will also be named during the inspirational event.

Dorinda Clark-Cole, known as the “Rose of Gospel Music,” is a multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, a talk show host, and world-renowned evangelist. Born and raised in Detroit, Clark–Cole is the daughter of pioneering choral director Mattie Moss Clark, and is best known as a member of The Clark Sisters, one of the most successful and groundbreaking Gospel music groups of all time. Some of the iconic group’s crossover hits include “Blessed & Highly Favored,” “Hallelujah,” “He Gave Me Nothing to Lose,” “Jesus Is A Love Song,” “Pure Gold,” “Expect A Miracle,” and “You Brought The Sunshine,” to name a few. Throughout Clark-Cole’s remarkable career she’s received many accolades as part of The Clark Sisters and as a solo artist, including two GRAMMY Awards, two Dove Awards, three BMI Awards, 13 Stellar Gospel Music Awards and a Lady of Soul Award. The sisters also received a Lifetime Achievement honor at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, which followed a James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stellar Awards in 2020 and induction to the Black Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2022. In 2020, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel biopic, produced by Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah, premiered on Lifetime to over 20 million viewers.

Mastering a balance between music and evangelism, Clark-Cole currently serves as International Elect Lady of the International Department of Evangelism (IDOE) to the Church of God in Christ and is the church administrator for Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ.

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jonathan McReynolds cultivated his love for music at an early age in church and continues to share his music, heart, and journey as he travels the world professing the Gospel through his inspiring song ministry. The award-winning singer/songwriter has released six full-length albums including his 2018 release Make Room, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel charts, winning eight Stellar Awards and earning two GRAMMY nominations. In 2020, he released, People, which garnered his first GRAMMY for Best Gospel Performance/Song for his hit single “Moving On.” His latest release My Truth (2023) spent several weeks on Billboard’s Gospel charts and earned McReynolds a Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year for his single “Your World” and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Gospel Album. McReynolds has also received four BMI Awards and was named BMI’s Gospel Songwriter of the Year in 2023.

In addition to his successful career in music, Jonathan has a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary and founded Elihu Nation, a nonprofit organization that has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to youth across the country.

2024 GRAMMY Gospel/CCM Winners

Lecrae took home two trophies at the 2024 GRAMMY Awards.
Lecrae took home two trophies at the 66th GRAMMY Awards.

Congratulations to the 2024 GRAMMY Award winners in the Gospel/CCM categories. Winners’ names are in bold and were announced on February 4, 2024, ahead of the 66th GRAMMY Awards live broadcast on CBS.

BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG
“God Is Good”
Stanley Brown Featuring Hezekiah Walker, Kierra Sheard & Karen Clark Sheard; Stanley Brown, Karen V Clark Sheard, Kaylah Jiavanni Harvey, Rodney Jerkins, Elyse Victoria Johnson, J Drew Sheard II, Kierra Valencia Sheard & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters

“Feel Alright (Blessed)”
Erica Campbell; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, William Weatherspoon, Juan Winans & Marvin L. Winans, songwriters

“Lord Do It For Me (Live)”
Zacardi Cortez; Marcus Calyen, Zacardi Cortez & Kerry Douglas, songwriters

“God Is”
Melvin Crispell III

“All Things” – WINNER
Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG
“Believe”
Blessing Offor; Hank Bentley & Blessing Offor, songwriters

“Firm Foundation (He Won’t) [Live]”
Cody Carnes

“Thank God I Do”
Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle & Jason Ingram, songwriters

“Love Me Like I Am”
for KING & COUNTRY Featuring Jordin Sparks

“Your Power” – WINNER
Lecrae & Tasha Cobbs Leonard

“God Problems”
Maverick City Music, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine; Daniel Bashta, Chris Davenport, Ryan Ellis & Naomi Raine, songwriters

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
I Love You
Erica Campbell

Hymns (Live)
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The Maverick Way
Maverick City Music

My Truth
Jonathan McReynolds

All Things New: Live In Orlando – WINNER
Tye Tribbett

BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM
My Tribe
Blessing Offor

Emanuel
Da’ T.R.U.T.H.

Lauren Daigle
Lauren Daigle

Church Clothes 4 – WINNER
Lecrae

I Believe
Phil Wickham

BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM
Tribute To The King
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Echoes Of The South – WINNER
Blind Boys Of Alabama

Songs That Pulled Me Through The Tough Times
Becky Isaacs Bowman

Meet Me At The Cross
Brian Free & Assurance

Shine: The Darker The Night The Brighter The Light
Gaither Vocal Band

The full list of winners in all categories is here: 2024 Winners List

Congratulations also go out to The Clark Sisters, who were among this year’s GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. The Special Merit Awards Ceremony took place in Los Angeles on February 3rd.

The Clark Sisters 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree (Image)

Pastor John P. Kee takes break from pastoral duties after falling ‘seriously ill’

By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever

John P. Kee is recovering from illness

Pastor John P. Kee is recovering at an undisclosed facility following an illness that has taken him out of the pulpit of Charlotte’s New Life Fellowship Center “for a short period.” This news was released in an official letter from Shelia Lakin, church administrator, and posted Sunday, Jan. 28, on social media accounts affiliated with Kee and the church. 

The letter read, in part: 

Our beloved pastor, John, will be taking a break from his duties for a short period to heal and strengthen his physical, mental, and spiritual body. He fell seriously ill a few weeks ago and by the grace of our dear God, [o]ur leader has been given back to us! We know him as a true fighter and he is yet fighting back in our midst! Hallelujah [sic]

As many of you may or may not know, Pastor John’s recent severe injuries caused him considerable personal pain and discomfort. In order to fully recover and regain his strength, it is necessary for him to take some time off from his pastoral responsibilities. This break will allow him to focus on his healing and ensure that he can continue serving our church and community with renewed energy and faithful dedication.

Lakin’s letter continued with a call for prayer, “asking for a speedy recovery and a renewed sense of purpose and calling.” The letter also revealed that “in the meantime, he has been placed in an undisclosed facility.”

During this past Sunday morning’s service, Pastor Kee delivered a personal audio message to his New Life church family.

“Praise the Lord. If you’re listening to this message, you’re indeed a partaker of New Life Fellowship Global Church,” he began. “We’ve been called to effect change all over the world. God has used us mightily to do just that. As your pastor, I found myself in a position a few weeks ago where I didn’t know that I even existed. But oh for the grace of God, the warriors in prayer, my amazing team of doctors and surgeons, I’m here amongst the land of the living.” You can hear his full audio message starting at the 6:45 mark of the live-streamed service.

Our prayers are with Pastor Kee as he recovers from this health challenge, which comes on the heels of his mother Lizzie Shannon Kee’s passing at the age of 97 earlier this month.

Rance Allen Group earns its first-ever RIAA certified gold record

Rance Allen Group members Chris Byrd, Tom Allen, and Steve Allen, along with Murdella Wallace (sister of the group’s longtime road manager, Cecilia Wallace) accept their framed gold plaques.

After six decades of music, the Rance Allen Group has earned its first RIAA certified gold record.

The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) closed 2023 with an armful of new gold and platinum certifications by the likes of Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Bobby Darin, and Justin Bieber. Among those new awards was a first-time certification for the Rance Allen Group’s classic track “Something About the Name Jesus” (Tyscot Records), which was certified gold for 500,000 sales on December 27, 2023. The song is from the legendary gospel group’s 2004 GRAMMY® Award nominated album, The Live Experience (Tyscot Records).

Rance Allen’s brothers Steve and Tom Allen; longtime producer, Chris Byrd; and Murdella Wallace, sister of the group’s longtime road manager, Cecilia Wallace, accepted the gold plaques during a recent Sunday morning service at New Bethel Bountiful Blessings church in Toledo, OH where Allen was the pastor from 1985 until his sudden death on October 31, 2020.

“Something About the Name Jesus” was written by Kirk Franklin with Rance Allen in mind. It was originally featured on Franklin’s 1998 full-length release, The Nu Nation Project, which featured the megahits “Revolution” and “Lovely Day.” That studio version featured Allen performing the tune alongside Isaac Carree and Lowell Pye. After a few years passed, the Rance Allen Group invited Franklin to appear on their own live rendition of the song which became just as big as the original version.

“Kirk was the artist of that time when he called and asked me to sing,” Allen recalled in a 2010 interview. “I had already decided that I wasn’t going to sing on anybody else’s project. When he called, I all of a sudden had a change of mind and said to myself, `Let me see what song he has for me.’ So, he sent me the song, `Something About The Name Jesus.’ When he sent it to me, the song didn’t have any verses. So, I’m listening to the chorus line, and I got back with him and said, `It doesn’t have any verses.’ He said he’d write them when I got there and that’s when he wrote the verses. So just like with ‘Miracle Worker,’ the audience demands that we sing that in every show.”

The Rance Allen Group has earned five GRAMMY® Award nominations and amassed over 250 million digital streams during its six-decade career. They started with Stax Record’s Gospel Truth imprint circa 1972 with soulful message songs such as “Ain’t No Need in Crying” and “Lyin’ on the Truth.” They also had six R&B chart singles, including the 1979 Top 25 gem, “I Belong to You.” From the 1980s on, Allen mixed music with ministry as he became a pastor in the Church of God in Christ denomination. The group reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart in 1992 with the album, Phenomenon, which featured the radio smash, “Miracle Worker.” In 2002, they signed to Tyscot Records, where they have enjoyed hits such as “Do Your Will,” “Closest Friend,” “You That I Trust,” and “Something About the Name Jesus.”

– From a press release

Karen Clark Sheard talks with Tamron Hall about new music, new granddaughter, Reunion tour

4x Grammy Award-winning gospel music icon, Karen Clark Sheard, stopped by the Tamron Hall Show to talk about The Reunion Tour, her family legacy, her newest granddaughter Khloé-Drew Kelly, new music and more.
Photo Credit: ABC/Jeff Neira

[NEW YORK, NY] December 13, 2023 — 4x Grammy Award-winning gospel music icon, Karen Clark Sheard, stopped by the Tamron Hall Show to talk about The Reunion Tour, her family legacy, her newest granddaughter Khloé-Drew Kelly, new music and more!

When asked about her granddaughter, she glows and describes Khloé-Drew as her “pride and joy right now”. She also discusses how her daughter, 4x Grammy-nominated artist Kierra Sheard is a “precious daughter” that is “so inspirational”.  Additionally, she credits her husband Bishop J. Drew Sheard as “the machine behind it all” and thanks God for blessing the Clark-Sheard family.  

Hall also mentions the powerful legacy that Sheard has contributed to the music industry as a whole with fans including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, and Mariah Carey who references The Clark Sisters as her favorite group of all time!  Sheard smiles and says, “as long as you’re giving a positive message, we’re all about sharing a message in this messy age…so whatever somebody is going through, listen, you’ve got to know a Jesus and a great God that will keep your atmosphere in check!”

The segment was concluded by a soul stirring performance of her new single, “Send it Down” that is now currently available on all streaming platforms.

From a media release

Bishop Carlton Pearson, influential spiritual leader, dies

Bishop Carlton Pearson died November 19, 2023.

(November 19, 2023) Bishop Carlton D’Metrius Pearson, one of the most popular and influential preachers in America and around the world, who sacrificed everything for a message of unconditional love and acceptance by God, died peacefully the night of November 19, 2023, at the age of 70, after a brief battle with cancer that had returned after first defeating it 20 years ago. He was surrounded by his family.

Moving to Tulsa in 1971, to become a student at Oral Roberts University, Pearson was invited by Oral Roberts himself to join the World Action Singers on his nationally-aired TV specials, eventually becoming an associate evangelist with the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association in 1975.

In 1977, Pearson launched his own ministry, Higher Dimensions, Inc., traveling the country with a small ministry team. In 1981, with the help of his college roommate, Gary McIntosh, Carlton started Higher Dimensions Evangelistic Center, with 75 people attending its first service in Jenks, Oklahoma. Quickly outgrowing the small, storefront location in Jenks, Higher Dimensions eventually settled at 8621 South Memorial Drive in Tulsa, becoming an integrated, multi-ethnic, cross-cultural congregation of more than 5,000 members.

A national television program launched in the mid-1980s, “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right,” expanded Pearson’s outreach to a national and international audience, becoming at that time one of only two African American preachers with a nationwide television ministry.

His annual AZUSA Conference, started in 1988, became an international movement, giving national exposure to a number of preachers and gospel singers, bringing together believers of all denominations, cultures, races and walks of life. The annual conference attracted as many as 70,000 people to Tulsa each year, generating tens of millions of dollars to the Tulsa economy during the week-long conference, as well as smaller weekend conferences held across the country each year, such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Jose, Tacoma, Buffalo and even Durban, South Africa.

His Live at AZUSA albums were nominated for multiple Dove and Stellar Awards, winning three Stellar Awards for Carlton Pearson Live at AZUSA 2: Precious Memories.

On the opening night of AZUSA ‘96, a group of pastors and bishops recognized his leadership by declaring him “a bishop in the Lord’s church.” The opening night of the following year’s conference, Bishop Pearson was officially consecrated in an ecclesiastical ceremony as the Presiding Bishop of the AZUSA Interdenominational Fellowship of Christian Churches and Ministries, establishing oversight of thousands of churches and ministries all over the world.

He gave counsel to multiple U.S. Presidents, as well as a number of international presidents, kings and other leaders, who were won over by his intelligence, charm, humor and kindness.

At the height of his popularity, Bishop Pearson had a shift in his theological beliefs, and began to preach that Jesus did not just die for and save Christians, but for all mankind, and that no one goes to hell as we’ve known it. This became known as “The Gospel of Inclusion,” a form of Christian theology known as universalism. This shift in belief caused churches, upon whose stages he once frequented, to close their doors to him, shut down his annual conference and caused his church to dwindle from thousands to only dozens.

His theological shift was dramatized in a major motion picture, Netflix’s Come Sunday, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah, Atlanta) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The West Wing).

Pearson’s message and example of unconditional love, though it gained him the moniker of “heretic” by some in the Christian church, had a whole new world opened to him as a result. Non-Christians, as well as Christians who had left the church as a result of church hurts, abuse, hypocrisy, etc., loved the new message of love, healing and restoration. He leaves a legacy of love through the multiplied thousands of lives he touched during his time on earth and the impartation of grace and mercy he preached and exhibited to everyone he encountered.

Public viewings begin Wednesday, November 29th, followed by celebration of life services in Tulsa on Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st. An AZUSA Life Celebration service is set for December 18th in Atlanta. (The Atlanta service is free, but registration at www.azusacelebrationoflife.com is required for all in attendance.)

Information for each service is below.

2023 DunAmis Gospel Awards: Complete Winners List

By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever

The 10th celebration of the DunAmis Gospel Awards took place Saturday, November 11, 2023, amid the exuberant atmosphere of Cedar Grove Tabernacle of Praise in Greensboro, NC. The main show brought together a near-capacity congregation of gospel enthusiasts and luminaries for an unforgettable night in recognition of spiritual excellence. Billie M. Johnson and Yves T. McKenzie shared hosting duties, leading the audience through the program of praise, worship, and well-deserved accolades.

Mike Yelverton and the Disciples of Christ, The New JC Worshippers, and The Worship Collective of William McLaughlin, III, Jalessa Cade, Christian Anderson, and Kennethia Mason—who paid tribute in song to gospel music’s legendary Hawkins family—were among several of the evening’s performers who were also nominees. Special performances were rendered by the NC A&T Alumni Fellowship Gospel Choir, in salute to DunAmis honoree Ron Jones, and by the Bishop Rickey Hayes Mass Choir (Western NC Chapter of the GMWA), recipients of the Bishop John H. Heath Music of Excellence Award.

The DunAmis Gospel Awards is one of the fastest-growing awards shows in the Southeast, with a vision rooted in the desire to honor, recognize, and uplift area churches, pastors, artists, and other ministries that form the heartbeat of gospel expression. This year’s event celebrated finalists in nineteen categories along with seven honorees.

The complete list of DunAmis Gospel Awards recipients is below. Congratulations to all!

Female Pastor of the Year
Pastor Latoya Brewington
Rhema Word Christian Center

Male Pastor of the Year
Bishop Kevin Womack
St. Paul Apostle Church of Jesus Christ

First Lady of the Year
Pastor Leila Womack
St. Paul Apostle Church of Jesus Christ

Praise & Worship Team of the Year
New Jerusalem Cathedral Worshippers

Worship Leader of the Year
Christina Gaylor – Abundant Life Church International

Choir Director of the Year
Jerry Sadler

Church of the Year
Greater Praise Deliverance Church

Holy Hip Hop Artist/Group of the Year
Effram “Class” Winstead

Quartet of the Year
The Torain Family

Media Publication of the Year
Elite Business Women Magazine

Dance Ministry of the Year
Mikeal Barnes, II – Unspoken Triumph

Community Choir of the Year
Mitchell Johnson and Rehoboth Fellowship Chorale

Producer of the Year
E.J. Stewart

Female Musician of the Year
Pastor JaShawna Bellamy

Male Musician of the Year
Matthew Goldston

Songwriter of the Year
Prophetess Brandi Rojas

Female Vocalist of the Year
Elder Shamelah Luster

Male Vocalist of the Year
Johnathan Hodges

DunAmis Artist of the Year
Shanice Powell

Bishop Jerome O. Dawson Lifetime Achievement Award
Rev. Dr. James A. Webster (awarded posthumously)
Former Pastor of Oak Ridge Baptist Church

Living Legend Award
Apostle Alice J. Totten
Presiding Prelate, Solid Rock Ark of Safety True Holiness Churches of the Apostolic Faith

Doris C. Harbor Pioneer Award
Elder Cynthia Duncan-Nash
Preacher, Singer, and Founding Member of Sister Circle International

Trailblazer Award
Chief Apostle Timothy Warren
Founder and Visionary of The Victory Center and the Global Covenant Consortium

Humanitarian Award
Pastor Q. Anthony Knotts
Visionary, Founder, and Senior Pastor of M.O.R.E. Church

Bishop John H. Heath Music of Excellence Award
Bishop Rickey Hayes Mass Choir – Western NC Chapter of GMWA

DunAmis Special Tribute
Ron Jones
Musician, Songwriter, and Former Director of the NC A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir

Shirley Caesar lends voice to Red Lobster commercial

To get their guests in the holiday spirit, Red Lobster teamed up with iconic gospel singer Pastor Shirley Caesar, a living legend, known for her powerful messages and an incredible gospel career that has earned her 12 Grammys. Pastor Shirley Caesar’s voiceover is featured in a new TV spot highlighting the seafood restaurant’s craveable offerings available during a limited-time event. Don’t miss out on… Tails. Shrimp. Waiters. Potatoes. Sauces for Bosses. Cheddar Bay Stuffing – No Bluffing.

Check it out below.

– Excerpted from a press release

2024 GRAMMY Nominees in Gospel/CCM

Nominees for the 2024 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards, were announced on November 10, and below are artists who received nominations in the Gospel/CCM categories.

Best Gospel Performance/Song
“God Is Good”
Stanley Brown Featuring Hezekiah Walker, Kierra Sheard & Karen Clark Sheard; Stanley Brown, Karen V Clark Sheard, Kaylah Jiavanni Harvey, Rodney Jerkins, Elyse Victoria Johnson, J Drew Sheard II, Kierra Valencia Sheard & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters

“Feel Alright (Blessed)”
Erica Campbell; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, William Weatherspoon, Juan Winans & Marvin L. Winans, songwriters

“Lord Do It For Me (Live)”
Zacardi Cortez; Marcus Calyen, Zacardi Cortez & Kerry Douglas, songwriters

“God Is”
Melvin Crispell III

“All Things”
Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Believe”
Blessing Offor; Hank Bentley & Blessing Offor, songwriters

“Firm Foundation (He Won’t) [Live]”
Cody Carnes

“Thank God I Do”
Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle & Jason Ingram, songwriters

“Love Me Like I Am”
for KING & COUNTRY Featuring Jordin Sparks

“Your Power”
Lecrae & Tasha Cobbs Leonard

“God Problems”
Maverick City Music, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine; Daniel Bashta, Chris Davenport, Ryan Ellis & Naomi Raine, songwriters

Best Gospel Album
I Love You
Erica Campbell

Hymns (Live)
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The Maverick Way
Maverick City Music

My Truth
Jonathan McReynolds

All Things New: Live In Orlando
Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
My Tribe
Blessing Offor

Emanuel
Da’ T.R.U.T.H.

Lauren Daigle
Lauren Daigle

Church Clothes 4
Lecrae

I Believe
Phil Wickham

Best Roots Gospel Album
Tribute To The King
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Echoes Of The South
Blind Boys Of Alabama

Songs That Pulled Me Through The Tough Times
Becky Isaacs Bowman

Meet Me At The Cross
Brian Free & Assurance

Shine: The Darker The Night The Brighter The Light
Gaither Vocal Band

The Blind Boys of Alabama earned additional GRAMMY nominations this year in the Best American Roots Performance category for “Heaven Help Us All” and the Best Americana Performance category for “Friendship.”

See the full list of nominees in all categories here. The GRAMMYs will air live Sunday, February 4, 2024, on CBS and stream on Paramount+ at 8 pm ET.

38th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards announces winners

Stellar Awards logo

It was a wonderful night for Pastor Mike, Jr. at the 38th Annual Stellar Gospel Awards, held this weekend at the Las Vegas New Orleans Arena. The Birmingham pastor and singer had his hands and arms full with a total of eight awards, including Stellars for Album of the Year (Winning), Song of the Year (“Impossible”), and Artist of the Year.

DOE collected three statues for her Clarity album: Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year, Contemporary Female Artist of the Year, and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year (“When I Pray”). Zacardi Cortez also earned a trio of awards for Traditional Male Artist of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year (Imprint), and Praise and Worship Song of the Year (“You’ve Been Good to Me”). Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin and Tye Tribbett celebrated wins in two categories each. The complete list of winners is available at www.stellarawards.com.

In addition, four gospel greats were honored for their contributions to gospel music:

CeCe Winans – Aretha Franklin Icon Award
Rev. Dr. Milton Biggham – James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award
Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones – Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award
Dottie Peoples – Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award

This year’s awards show will premiere on the new Stellar Network on Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m. ET (available on Charter Spectrum, Verizon Fios, and Xumo Play); BET on Sunday, August 6 at 8 p.m. ET; and Bounce TV on Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. ET. The show will also be broadcast nationally from August 7, 2023, to September 10, 2023, through TV syndication. The Stellar Awards Red Carpet Special pre-show will air on Stellar Network on July 30 at 5 p.m. ET. Viewers should check with their local provider for availability.