*Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary as the number one gospel show on television, BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” moves into the new decade with a two-hour special premiering on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 8:00 p.m.
“Keeping the Faith” is this year’s show theme, setting the stage for a world premiere of new music from gospel superstars, Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary. The lineup also includes performances from secular artists El DeBarge, Chaka Khan and Howard Hewitt.
Live performances and appearances from Byron Cage, Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, BeBe Winans and Smokie Norful will pay an in memoriam tribute to two of gospel music’s major generals: “Queen of Gospel” Albertina Walker and prolific songwriter/performer Bishop Walter Hawkins.
In addition, singer-songwriter Faith Evans featuring Kelly Price and “Sunday Best” runner-up Jessica Reedy will raise the roof and shine alongside Israel Houghton, James Fortune and FIYA, Kim Burrell, Earnest Pugh, VaShawn Mitchell, the Rance Allen Group, and Jonathan Nelson and Purpose.
Other special appearances include Bishop TD Jakes and actors Hill Harper and Keith David as they perform in “Celebration of Gospel’s” signature spoken word segments.
Hosted by actor, author and comedian Steve Harvey, the special will be taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets to attend the taping are free to the public on a first-come, first-service basis by submitting a request via [email protected].