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‘Black Music Honors’ to salute Stephanie Mills, Whodini, Bobby Brown + BeBe and CeCe Winans

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations to Grammy ®Award-winning singer and Broadway legend—STEPHANIE MILLS! She will be recognized during this year’s Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will celebrate the artistry of the music industry’s most revered icons.

Mills will receive the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music and acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodini, will be presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. Both will join an impressive list of previously announced honorees – BeBe and CeCe Winans, Bobby Brown, Faith Evans and Dallas Austin

The celebratory night will also feature exciting performances by Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and Jonathan McReynolds.

The 2018 Black Music Honors will take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 16 and will air as a two-hour television special on Bounce TV Sept. 28, 2018.

Stay tuned…

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Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin and more attend ‘Stellar Gospel Music Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Gospel music’s biggest night was celebrated over the weekend at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. I’m talking about none other than the 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. This year’s show was hosted by Grammy winning performer Kirk Franklin and will air this Good Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on TV One.

This year’s award’s ceremony opened with Stellar Awards alum 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, great 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 also included performances by Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkin, Merle DandridgeDavid MannAnika Noni Rose and more.

Top winners of the night were JJ Hairston winning six awards; Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Travis Greene each winning four awards; and Anthony Brown winning two awards.

Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary 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 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards will air on March 30 at 9 p.m. on TV One.

Check out the red carpet & performance photos below:

KIRK FRANKLIN

VASHAWN MITCHELL

TASHA PAGE LOCKART

MARVIN SAPP

TASHA COBBS LEONARD 

JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS

LAURIEANN GIBSON

DEBORAH JOY WINANS + MERLE DANDRIDGE + DESIREE ROSS

CANTON JONES 

HEZEKIAH WALKER 

DEREK BLANKS 

KIERRA + J. DREW SHEARD

LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON 

DR. BOBBY JONES 

MARY MARY 

JOE JACKSON

BEN + JEWELL TANKARD 

JJ + TRINA HAIRSTON

TODD DULANEY + WIFE 

THE WALLS GROUP

ANIKA NONI ROSE 

KURT CARR

TRAVIS GREEN + WIFE 

BRYON CAGE 

ANTHONY BROWN

JONATHAN SLOCUMB

KIRK FRANKLIN + DAVID MANN

Photo Credits: Earl Gibson for Getty Images

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‘Stellar Awards’ to feat. Mary Mary, Snoop Dogg + Kirk Franklin

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The debut of Snoop Dogg‘s gospel album and a reunion of gospel duo Mary Mary just a few of the highlights for this year’s 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The show will be hosted by Grammy winning superstar Kirk Franklin and will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on March 24.

According to the press release, the iconic rapper, actor and television personality will grace the Stellar stage with music from his new inspirational album Songs of Love. The sisters—Erica and Tina Campbell—will come together for a spectacular performance of their classic hits and more.

Other scheduled performers include: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, KeKe Wyatt, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Todd Dulaney, Koryn Hawthorne and Ricky Dillard & New G, among others.

Grammy winning vocalist and reality star Tamela Mann is this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham will receive 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.

“Each year we strive to bring new and innovative performances and collaborations to the Stellar Awards and this year is no different, with the inclusion of mainstream hip-hop rapper and mogul, Snoop Dogg.” stated Stellar Awards Founder, Don Jackson. “Snoop expressed his desire to release a gospel album in honor of his mom who is an evangelist and he’s teamed up with Gospel superstar Tye Tribbett, there’s no way we couldn’t bring this explosive performance to the Stellar Awards stage.”

2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

Click here for a list of this year’s nominees!

Will You Be Watching?

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#UPFRONT featuring MC Lyte, David & Tamela Mann, Nambi E. Kelley + Tasha Page-Lockhart (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out this morning’s edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. This week’s show featured hip hop icon and pioneer MC Lyte. She was on the campus of Clark Atlanta University this week to help Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) select journalism students for scholarships through the “Discover The Unexpected” Fellowship Program.

Gospel music superstars David and Tamela Mann talked about their new TV One docu-series, “The Manns.” The show airs on Tuesday nights and is part of the network’s new lineup of family programming. Tamela also opened up about her performance at this year’s Grammy Awards with Chance the Rapper and what the family has planned for the Easter holiday.

Award winning-playwright and actress Nambi E. Kelley discussed her new adaptation of the Richard Wright classic, Native Son, that is coming to Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square April 20-May 7. She chatted about how the Travyon Martin trial changed the trajectory of her production. She also opened up about mounting a new theatrical version of Toni Morrison‘s JAZZ and starring in NBC’s “Chicago Justice.”

Closing out the show was “Sunday Best” Season 6 Winner Tasha Page-Lockhart. She has just released a new book titled, And the Winner Is…and opens up about overcoming drug addiction, child molestation and homelessness. This is a powerful segment you don’t want to miss!

#UPFRONT Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute radio magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the “Entertainment Capital of the South.” It airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and his hosted by yours truly, Ray Cornelius.

Click here to check out past shows including last week’s that featured interviews with Ludacris, Gabrielle Union, George Wallace and A Lady Named Pearl!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius and Mark Angel Photography

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BMI Honors Mary Mary and BeBe & CeCe Winans [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Some of Gospel music’s biggest stars attended the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors Saturday night in Atlanta, GA. The lavish ceremony was held at the historic Rialto Performing Arts Center at Georgia State and featured an all-star salute to sibling acts Mary Mary and music legends BeBe and CeCe Winans. The evening was hosted by Sunday Best judge and radio personality Yolanda Adams and will air on TV One February 19 at 8 p.m. EST.

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CeCe and BeBe Winans with their niece Deborah Joy Winans

The evening began with a dazzling red carpet and then a pre-show where BMI recognized the most played songs of 2015 and their songwriters. Award-winning hits included “But God,” “Different,” “Help,” “No Greater Love,” “I Will Trust,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “This Place,” “You Alone,” “We Are Victorious,” and “War.”

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Erica and Tina Campbell with BMI President Mike O’Neill

The two-hour show will include soul-stirring renditions of Mary Mary and Bebe & CeCe Winans songs performed by some of the industry’s most recognizable artists including KeKe Wyatt, Kierra “KiKi” Sheard with Tasha Cobbs, Tamia with Jonathan McReynolds, Fred Hammond with Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Avery*Sunshine, Tamela Mann, Lisa Page-Brooks with Tasha Page-LockhartY’anna Crawley, Brian Courtney Wilson, Angie Winans, Debbie Winans, Juan Winans and Pastor Ron WinansDSC_0291-3

The Anointed Pace Sisters

Celebrities spotted on the red carpet included Grant Hill, Kim Fields, Miss Lawrence, Drea Kelly, David Mann, Avery Wilson, Sean Garrett, Donald Lawrence, Bryon Cage, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy, Anita Wilson, GooGooMarvin Sapp, T.C. Carson, Ted WinnStevie JAnointed Pace Sisters and TV One President Brad Siegel along with Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.

Check out some of the red carpet photos below:

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WATC Atlanta Live host Regina Howard interviewing Yolanda Adams

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Kelly Price looking radiant on the red carpet

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Sunday Best’s Y’anna Crawley/Kim Fields with Christopher Morgan

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BeBe & CeCe Winans with their niece Debra Joy Winans

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Isaac Carree and wife/ Tasha Cobbs 

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KeKe Wyatt with David and Tamela Mann

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Tamia and Grant Hill/Stevie J with guest

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Kierra “KiKi” Sheard with the Anointed Pace Sisters

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Drea Kelly/ Miss Lawrence 

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The one and only Fred Hammond with guest

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GooGoo/ T.C. Carson

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BMI’s Catherine Brewton/Deborah Joy Winans 

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Tina and Erica Campbell with their mother Miss Honey

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BeBe and CeCe Winans being interviewed on the red carpet

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The Marys—Eric and Tina Campbell on the red carpet

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Taraji P. Henson to host BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ + All-Star Line Up

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET has announced that Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will host this year’s 14th Annual Celebration of Gospel.  The noted actress is replacing comedian Steve Harvey, who served as show’s host for for 13 years.

“I am thrilled to join the BET “Celebration of Gospel” family.  I look forward to a great evening of incredible music and continuing the rich history of BET and gospel music which started 14 years ago hosted by the talented and very funny Steve Harvey,”  said Henson.

This year’s show promises a cool mix of contemporary gospel artists with some of today’s hottest R&B singers including Idol  winner Ruben Studdard, Sunday Best  winner LeAndria Johnson, SWV, India.Arie, Rance Allen Group and Jonathan McReynolds.

There will also rousing performances from gospel music superstars like Donnie McClurkin, VaShawn Mitchell and Tye Tribbett along with R&B Divas’  Chanté Moore and Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway. Gospel music pioneer Richard Smallwood will be honored and along with tributes from Pastor Shirley Caesar and Dr. Bobby Jones.

Audience members will experience spirit-filled performances from Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Detrick Haddon, J.J. Hairston, Sunday Best  Season 6 winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and current Idol winner Candice Glover.  Additionally, R&B music legend Charlie Wilson will share his testimony in a sanctified song titled “If I Believe” that’s sure to shift the atmosphere.

“Since its’ inception, ‘Celebration of Gospel’ has brought together the best voices from both the secular and gospel music worlds to give praise like only they can,” said President of Music Programming & Specials, Stephen Hill for BET Networks. “This year is no exception because at the end of the day, everyone’s roots are in gospel music.  A gathering of powerful singers like these on one show can only happen on BET.”

BET’s annual gospel music special, “Celebration of Gospel” tapes Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and will premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m./EST.

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