Snoop Dogg has tackled several genres of music over his 25-year career. From rap to reggae, the Long Beach, California native has never been afraid to express himself as he chooses. Fans can now look forward to the more sanctified side of the rapper, as the “Beautiful” artist is set to debut new music from his upcoming gospel album during the 2018 Stellar Awards.
The Doggfather will premiere tracks from new album, Songs of Love, during the ceremony, and he isn’t the only big name hitting the stage. Performers will also 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, as well as others. Check out the full list of nominees here.
Singing sisters Mary Mary are also scheduled to reunite after going their separate ways last year!
Kirk Franklin is set to host. The gospel favorite is excited to be at the helm of this year’s ceremony, sharing in a statement, “Since my first step onto the Stellar Awards stage as a 23-year-old kid from Texas, I’ve lived, breathed and committed all I’ve had to this incredible genre called gospel.”
He went on, “To find myself now still blessed to serve the community I love so dearly as their host of the 2018 Stellar Awards, that young kid feels alive again, and more grateful than ever. We’re working hard to bring to the world the best and the brightest along with the icons and legends, the greatest night of God’s music at a time when the country needs our melody the most. Thank you and I’ll see you in Vegas.”
The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One Friday, March 30, at 9 p.m. ET.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.