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36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards reveals nominees; Jonathan McReynolds earns 8 noms

The 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, has revealed this year’s nominees.

Tyscot celebrated several nominations.  Anthony Brown & group therAPy earned eight nominations. Their album, 2econd Wind: Ready (Key of A / Tyscot / FairTrade), pulled seven of them – including Album of the Year and Producer of the Year. The best-selling project features the Billboard No. 1 Gospel Airplay chart hits, “This Week” and “Blessings on Blessings.” The group’s digital EP, Stuck in the House: The Pandemic Project (Key of A/ Tyscot / FairTrade), which features their current Top 20 hit “Help,” snagged a nod for graphic designer, Brik Liam, in the category of Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.

R&B star PJ Morton’s all-star inspirational album, Gospel According to PJ (Morton Inspiration/ Tyscot), earned five nominations, including Special Event Album of the Year. The set’s Billboard Gospel Airplay No. 1 single, “All in His Plan,” which features Le’Andria Johnson and Mary Mary, earned a Song of the Year nomination.

Finally, VaShawn Mitchell locked down recognition for his first holiday album, Home for Christmas (V Man / Tyscot / FairTrade). The collection of songs includes the all-year round track, “He Got Up,” which is currently No. 11 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards ceremony will take place in Nashville, TN in the summer of 2021.

Provident Entertainment celebrates 23 nominations for the 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, with 10 artists nominated in 17 categories, including the major categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year, Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Releases from Kierra Sheard, Mali Music, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, All Nations Music, Travis Greene, Le’Andria Johnson, Koryn Hawthorne, Melvin Crispell, III, and KB all garnered nominations for the upcoming awards, covering the range of Contemporary and Traditional Gospel, as well as Urban/Inspirational, and Rap Hip Hop categories.

With a dominating eight nominations for her hit album KIERRA, chart-topper Kierra SheardKierra Sheard new single celebrates nominations in the major categories of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for the hit single “Something Has to Break (Live) ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard,” Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year, along with four other categories.

Also honored with multiple nominations are Mali Music, a co-performer and writer for the Song of the Year-nominated Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music duet “Movin’ On” (RCA Inspiration/eOne) and his latest album THE BOOK OF MALI, Marvin Sapp’s latest album CHOSEN VESSEL, Donnie McClurkin’s album A DIFFERENT SONG, and the hit debut album COME ALIVE from the group All Nations Music.

Le’Andria Johnson, who’s nominated for “Hold On,” has two nominations for Traditional Female Artist of the Year. Separately, she received the second nomination for Traditional Female Artist of the Year, for her appearance on PJ Morton’s album.

Phil Thornton, SVP and General Manager of RCA Inspiration/Provident Entertainment says, “Congratulations to all of the artists for the amazing creativity and powerful inspiration that they share with the world in their music, to impact others and bring a message of hope, love, healing and strength that remains much needed in these difficult times. Thank you to the Stellars for the recognition and continuing to honor gospel music!”

Each year, the preeminent industry event recognizes the year’s best album releases and pays special tribute to those Gospel trailblazers who continually set the bar higher. This year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement is The Clark Sisters who saw a resurgent appreciation of their musical longevity after the release of their biopic. Lady Tramaine Hawkins will be honored with the Aretha Franklin Icon Award as a testament to her 50+ years in the industry. Pastor Shirley Caesar will receive the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award for her 70+ years of longevity in the industry. Bishop Dr. Leonard Scott is tapped to receive the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award as the Founder of Tyscot Music + Entertainment, the oldest operating Black-owned Gospel Record Label. Black Smoke Music Founder Kerry Douglas, label executive and A&R guru Skip Barrett, and Gospel Today Magazine Founder Teresa Hairston will be inducted into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame.

Here are the Nominees who scored multiple nods:

Jonathan McReynolds – 8 Nominations for 2021
Anthony Brown & group therAPy – 7 Nominations for 2021
Kierra Sheard – 7 Nominations for 2021
Maverick City Music – 7 Nominations for 2021
Pastor Mike, Jr. – 7 Nominations for 2021
Jekalyn Carr – 4 Nominations for 2021
Chicago Mass Choir – 3 Nominations for 2021
Rev. Luther Barnes & The Restoration Worship Center – 3 Nominations for 2021
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – 3 Nominations for 2021
The Clark Sisters – 3 Nominations for 2021

Gospel Radio of The Year Nominees


KOER-LP FM, Houston
WOKB 1680 AM, Orlando
WPZS Praise 100.9 FM, Charlotte
WYCA Rejoice 102.3 FM, Chicago


WAGG 610AM/100.1FM, Birmingham
WERM 1220 AM, Mobile
WHAL-FM 95.7 Hallelujah FM, Memphis
WLNO 1060 AM, New Orleans


Heaven 98.3 FM – WWLD-H2, Tallahassee
WIMG1300, Trenton
WNRR Gospel 1380 & 93.3 FM, Augusta
WTAL Hallelujah 95.3FM & 1450AM, Tallahassee


God’s House of Hip Hop Radio/GH3 Radio,
Power of Worship Radio,
uGospel Radio,


Dr. Sctonda Kelly Gordon, WNRR Gospel 1380 & 93.3 FM, Augusta, SC
Carmina Barnett, KRGN 98.5, Killeen/Harker Heights, TX
Melanie Pratt, WPZS – Praise 100.9, Charlotte, NC
Sheilah Belle, WPZZ Praise 104.7 FM, Richmond, VA

The Stellar Awards live show taping is returning to Nashville, debuting at the glamorous Schermerhorn Symphony Center in the heart of the city’s booming downtown area on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Although great strides are being made to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is not yet back to normal. Given this, tickets will not be sold to the public; but nominees, show talent and special invited guests will make up the audience for the taping of the 36th Annual Stellar Awards. Viewers around the country will be able to watch the show in national broadcast syndication starting July 30th through September 5th.

To see the complete list of the nominees Stellar Gospel Music Awards visit

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