Stellar Awards 2020: A Chat with Hosts Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds & Koryn Hawthorne
THE 2020 STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS VIRTUAL TWO-HOUR SPECIAL SET TO PREMIERE ON BET NETWORKS SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 6 PM ET
JesusWired’s Red Carpet Host, Jessica Grace, hangs out with this year’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards hosts, Koryn Hawthorne, Kirk Franklin, and Jonathan McReynolds and gets the inside scoop as they prepare for the show’s premiere on Sunday. The hilarious conversation can be watched below.
The virtual experience of the awards show is historically the first of its kind, due to the current COVID Pandemic. This year marks the thirty fifth year of celebrating and recognizing the year’s best performances in the genre, honoring Gospel music icons and acknowledging the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry. The show is also dedicated to honor first responders and the late Congressman John Lewis.
Jessica’s conversation with the hosts highlights the celebration around the GREATEST NIGHT IN GOSPEL MUSIC, but also taps into a much deeper conversation of hope and healing amidst the hardship of a global pandemic.
Confirmed performers include Anthony Brown, CeCe Winans, James Fortune, Koryn Hawthorne, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Jonathan McReynolds, Travis Greene, Kierra Sheard, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Tauren Wells, Zacardi Cortez, Pastor Mike Jr, DOE, Rich Tolbert Jr., and more. Emerging artists set to make their Stellar Awards debut include Group Fire, Keyla Richardson, Melvin Crispell III, and Titus Showers.
Previously announced nominees for the 2020 Stellar Awards include veteran Gospel collective Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers, who leads the field of nominees with nine nominations. Other top nominees include Gospel icon and Stellar Awards Host, Kirk Franklin and powerhouse singer, producer and performer Tasha Cobbs Leonard with eight nominations each; JJ Hairston (7 Nominations), Bishop Paul S. Morton (6 Nominations), John P. Kee (5 Nominations), Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers (4 Nominations), William Murphy (4 Nominations), Pastor Mike, Jr. (4 Nominations), Maranda Curtis (3 Nominations), and Fresh Start Worship (3 Nominations) round out the field of top nominated artists. For the complete list of the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees, please visit www.thestellarawards.com.
More of the biggest names in Gospel and a few additional surprises are being added to the growing list of top performers appearing in this year’s show, presented by AT&T and also sponsored by State Farm.
An encore presentation of the Stellar Awards is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. The award show will also run in national broadcast syndication in 210 markets starting August 25 – September 30 (check local listings).