At 5:05pm on Saturday March 28, 2015, my daughter, Ashley and I were sitting in our backyard chillin’, when Ashley got a phone call from her good friend LaKisha who was in town. LaKisha says “I have a couple tickets to the The Stellar Awards at the Orleans Arena, but you must be there by 6 pm because the opening of the show is a surprise that you won’t want to miss. Ashley was in sweats and I was still in my PJ’s, but when Ashley said, “Mom, let’s go”. We had 30 minutes to whip it into shape and get there.
We have learned living in Las Vegas, that you have to stay ready because you never know when a last minute invitation will turn into a fabulous night. Vegas traffic was crazy, but we arrived and parked by 6pm. Soon we were in our seats and the show was about to begin.
The Stellar Awards were celebrating 30 years and it was the first time taping a show in Las Vegas, so there was a special electricity in the air. As this show was being taped for TV, the director instructed the audience to applaud several times to get the levels just right. The stage was dark as they ushered three bodies into place. They began a countdown, and the spotlight was on a single beauty in a white suit.
Within seconds, I recognized the voice of Michelle Williams. Then two other very familiar voices were heard, and the spotlight widened to see Kelly Rowland and yes, Queen Beyonce herself. The crowd went crazy. Wow! Destinys Child was on stage, in the flesh, singing Michelle’s gospel single ” Say Yes”. Everybody in that place that had a cell phone had it pointed toward the stage. They sounded incredible as they took turns doing their respective vocal gymnastics that put Destinys Child on the map.
Wow! That was such a treat. And the good part was that because the entire audience had their cell phones out taking pictures, it caused a technical cliche, and Destinys Child was asked to perform the opening number all over again. It was even better the second time around.
My fellow Detroiter and star of “Preachers of LA”, Deitrick Haddon’s LXW with a cast of at least forty singers and dancers brought the house down with his song “My City”.
Dietrick and his fashion forward style didn’t disappoint as he took the stage to accept his well deserved award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
It was around this time that I realized one of my favorite singers of all time was sitting right in front of me. Yes, RnB Diva herself, Chante Moore was sitting right there and was gracious enough to take a picture with me and our beautiful host LaKisha.
The night was star studded, fun and inspirational. The show was co-hosted by Tamela and David Mann and Rickey Smiley. We were treated to anointed performances from Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell, The Walls Group, Smokie Norful, Tasha Page-Lockhart just to name a few. The presenters included Gary Dourdan, Adrienne Balion from The Real, Vickie Winans, Devon Franklin, Loretta Devine Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin. Gospel royalty was in the house, and it was a great evening. Thanks LaKisha!