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Central City Productions and BET Host Virtual Press Conference for the 36th Annual Stellar Awards

The biggest night in Gospel music was filmed on July 10th and will be airing on BET, BET HER and BET Gospel on August 1, 2021 @ 8pm.

Ahead of the 36th Annual Stellar Awards, Central City Productions and BET hosted a press conference with co-host, Tye Tribbett and Jekalyn Carr with performer Tamela Mann, presenter David Mann and founder of the Stellar Awards, Don Jackson.

A major talking point throughout the press conference was mental health during the pandemic and bridging the gap between therapy and the church. Grammy-nominated artist, Tamela Mann talked about how her latest single Help Me, and how it has helped her navigate through her struggles with her own mental health and dealing with day-to-day life. She also noted that she performed her new single Help Me at the award show. The actress also said taking her shots of turmeric and elderberry have been her go-to shot instead of Patron jokingly adding, “I don’t even know what Patron looks like.” David Mann co-signed that Help Me has been extremely helpful to their family and also made an important quote that everyone should live “You can love Jesus and have a therapist.” Tye Tribbett expressed that his family helps him in terms of his mental health proudly stating, “My wife is my therapist.”

This year, there has been a focus on merging old school and new school artists. One of the new school artists, Jekalyn Carr, received high praises from the veterans. Tamela and David Mann sent Carr their full support and even referred to her as their adoptive daughter,”I know Im not her mamma but I feel like her mama.” She has racked up a myriad of awards at just 24 years old including eight Billboard #1’s before the 21. The Grammy-nominated artist performed her chart-topping hits, Change Your Story and Jehovah Jireh.

Stellar Award founder Don Jackson was visibly excited about the Award show heading back to Nashville, “I am excited to be heading back to Nashville. There is a lot of history here, especially for Black music.” For the past four years, the Stellars have been held in Las Vegas. Jackson noted that COVID-19 changed the landscape of the award show but the show was great to produce.

One thing everyone agreed on the energy in the room was moving and it is what the world needs right now.


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