The 2022 Stellar Awards were a star-studded event. Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard, both Stellar Award winners, acted as hosts for the 37th edition of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which honored achievements in the genre during the past year.
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Everything you must know about the Stellar Awards 2022
The Atlanta ceremony was carried live on BET, BET HER, and BET International at 8 p.m. yesterday. All of the viewers were taken on a trip to gospel music during the award event. The Stellar Awards 2022 are advancing gospel music’s legacy.
The Stellar Awards acknowledge and reward industry luminaries for their exceptional accomplishments in and outside of the music industry. Pastor Mike Jr. won the Artist of the Year award this year.
Tamela Mann was named Female Vocalist of the Year by Albertina Walker. Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music won the prize for Best Duo or Chorus Group.
E. Dewey Smith received the New Artist of the Year award. Aaron Lindsey, a Grammy Award-winning producer, received the Aretha Franklin Icon Award, while Ricky Dillard was honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his address, Lindsey added, “I could probably find a way to build a story that says I had the ability to develop this and do this on my own, but I’m far too intelligent for that because I know that had it not been for the Lord, I would not have been able to do this.
Moreover, he remarked, “I also recognize that we create this music not by force nor by strength, but by God’s spirit.”
The award show featured several incredible 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, and numerous others.
Winner of Stellar Awards 2022
Pastor Mike Jr. was at the top of the list of winners. At the Stellar Awards 2022, he received a total of six awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year, and Album of the Year for I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol. 1.
While accepting the award for Male Artist of the Year, the musician delivered an emotional acceptance speech. He stated, “I had a speech prepared, but while they were playing the movies, my life began to flash before my eyes: I’m sitting in a room with so many people who helped transform my life.”
The spiritual leader from Birmingham continued, “You know, being on a college campus and almost having a panic attack while listening to ‘Something About the Name Jesus’.” And while I was sitting there, this story with my son came to mind. I led him out on the water, where a fisherman instructed us on how to capture lobster. And he grabbed this lobster, and just as I thought he was about to kill it, he tagged it and threw it back.
Mike added, “And I questioned him as to why he did not kill the lobster. Because I checked, and it was pregnant, he explained. So whenever a pregnant lobster is captured, it is tagged. And I began to consider everyone in this room who has endured and overcome adversity, and you’ve been irritated because you’ve been asking God, “Why does it feel like I’m getting tagged every time I turn around?”
He concluded, “Now I don’t know who I’m preaching to tonight, but I’m thankful God didn’t let me die because I was pregnant with a vision, and God sent me here to tell you to get ready because for the remainder of this year, he’s about to let you give birth to what eyes have not seen and ears have not heard. Shout if you are expecting a child. It’s going to be enormous!”
When were the Stellar Awards established?
For those of you who are unaware, let us tell you Stellar Awards first premiered in the year 1984 to honor and respect the musical accomplishments of gospel performers for the year 1983.
A Stellar Award is given away by Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy (SAGMA) to recognize achievements in the gospel music industry. At this point in time, SAGMA is officially the voting body for the Stellar Awards.
Like this year, every year, the award ceremony features performances by popular gospel artists and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest.
In 1984, the first Stellar Awards were hosted at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater. The Stellar Awards have been held in a variety of cities over the years, including Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, and New York.
We believe that award shows play a crucial part in raising the spirits of artists and inspiring them to work harder and produce something new to entertain their followers around the globe.
list of winners for the 2022 Stellar Awards
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
|ARTIST OF THE YEAR||Pastor Mike, Jr.; I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol 1; Black Smoke Music Worldwide/ Rock City Media Group|
|SONG OF THE YEAR||Jireh (Featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine); Naomi Raine, Chandler Moore, Steven Furtick & Chris Brown; TRIBL Records|
|MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR||Pastor Mike, Jr.; I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol 1; Black Smoke Music Worldwide/ Rock City Media Group|
|ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR||Tamela Mann; Overcomer; Tillymann Music Group|
|DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR||Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK|
|NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR||E. Dewey Smith; God Period; Pebble Street Records|
|ALBUM OF THE YEAR||I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol 1; Pastor Mike, Jr.; Black Smoke Music Worldwide / Rock City Media Group|
|CHOIR OF THE YEAR||Ricky Dillard; Breakthrough: The Exodus; Motown Gospel|
|PRODUCER OF THE YEAR||CeCe Winans, Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, Greg Ham, Derek Spirk & Chaz Corzine; Believe For It; Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade Services / Red Alliance Media; Marcus Hodge; Power; My Block Inc|
|CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR||Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK|
|CONTEMPORARY MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR||Pastor Mike, Jr.; I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol 1; Black Smoke Music Worldwide/ Rock City Media Group|
|TRADITIONAL MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR||Ricky Dillard; Breakthrough: The Exodus; Motown Gospel|
|CONTEMPORARY FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR||Tamela Mann; Overcomer; Tillymann Music Group|
|TRADITIONAL FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR||Martha Munizzi; Best Days; Epic Music|
|CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR||I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol 1; Pastor Mike, Jr.; Black Smoke Music Worldwide / Rock City Media Group|
|TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR||The N.O.W. Experience; Kelontae Gavin; RCA Inspiration|
|URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR||Amazing; Pastor Mike, Jr.; Black Smoke Music Worldwide / Rock City Media Group|
|MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR||Help Me; David Mann Jr.; Tillymann Music Group|
|TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR||Ricky Dillard; Breakthrough: The Exodus; Motown Gospel|
|INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR||The Good News (Instrumental); Charles Butler & Trinity; Impact One Music / Red Alliance Media / Fair Trade Services|
|SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR||Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK|
|RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR||No Church In A While; 1K Phew & Lecrae; Reach Records|
|YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR||Janessa Smith; Finish This Race; Inspired Recording|
|QUARTET OF THE YEAR||The Brown Boyz; The Reintroduction; SIX19 Music|
|RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR||Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Tyler Siemen; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK|
|PRAISE AND WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR||Believe For It; CeCe Winans; Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade Services / Red Alliance Media|
|PRAISE AND WORSHIP SONG OF THE YEAR||Believe For It; CeCe Winans; Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade Services / Red Alliance Media|
|RAP/HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR||Redeemed ft. Mali Music; Amethyst; Independent|
|MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR (from Gospel Radio of the Year Nominees)||WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta|
|LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR (from Gospel Radio of the Year Nominees)||WJYD JOY 107.1, Columbus|
|MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR (from Gospel Radio of the Year Nominees)||WNZN 89.1, Lorain|
|SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR (from Gospel Radio of the Year Nominees)||WYPZ – FM 99.5, Macon|
|INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR (from Gospel Radio of the Year Nominees)||WVTC Gospel Radio Network,|
All of the winners of the Stellar Awards 2022 have our warmest congratulations. May all the stars continue to give their fans fun things to watch in the years to come.