During the 34th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas this past March, Regina Belle spoke with uGospel.com about being at the Stellar Awards and her paying tribute to the Queen of Soul The Late Great Aretha Franklin.
The exhilarating show was highlighted by an emotional performance tribute to recently announced posthumous Pulitzer Prize Winner Aretha Franklin by Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle. Family members of the late-legend Brenda Corbett, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Franklin were presented with the Stellar Awards’ inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award to give posthumous recognition of her profound impact on the Gospel music genre and timeless contributions.
The biggest night in gospel music, produced by Central City Productions, also featured a special award presentation to gospel legend Delores Washington Green of The Caravans with the Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award. Gospel star Yolanda Adams and Stellar Awards Founder, Chairman & CEO Don Jackson inducted James Robinson Jr. (Malaco Gospel), Jackie Patillo (GMA) and Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration) into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame.
This year’s thrilling line-up of performances included a high-energy opening number by Hezekiah Walker,Kirk Franklin stirring the audience to their feet performing new music and a moving medley by Phil Thompson, Kelontae Gavin and Maranda Curtis. Young Gospel-Star Jekalyn Carr, who received threeawards, ended the show with a phenomenal performance. Other performers included Brian Courtney Wilson, Koryn Hawthorne, Todd Dulaney and Charles Jenkins. As previously mentioned, Stellar Awardwinners include performer Jonathan McReynolds who took home eight awards, Jabari Johnson, VaShawn Mitchell, Fred Hammond, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson and The Walls Group.