Celebration Of Gospel '11

01/07/2011
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Celebration Of Gospel '11 a two-hour special will premiere on BET Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*

The special pays tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combined today's leading gospel and secular artists.

Hosted by popular comedian, author, game show host and syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey, the inspirational and uplifting presentation packed a powerful punch by some of the industry's top players.

Taped from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL '11 had memorable performances by fresh talent alongside current favorites of gospel. Highlights included Byron Cage, Smokie Norful, Kelly Price, and Kathy Taylor coming together for a moving tribute honoring the late "Queen of Gospel," Albertina Walker, and beloved gospel pioneer Walter Hawkins; Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary debuting the world premiere of their new record; Chaka Khan serenading the crowd with her timeless classic, "Through the Fire"; Grammy-nominatedฎ artist VaShawn Mitchell performing his chart-topping single "Nobody Greater"; James Fortune and FIYA belting out their rousing hit "I Believe"; and ending the night, a surprise performance of "I Look to You" by Kim Burrell and Whitney Houston, which left audience members speechless!

The audience was also treated to performances by SUNDAY BEST alums LeAndria Johnson, Y'Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy alongside R&B songstress Kelly Price, Howard Hewett, Earnest Pugh, Rance Allen Group, Chante Moore, Myron Butler, Jonathan Nelson and Purpose, Israel Houghton, and Beverly Crawford with Dr. Bobby Jones and the Spirit of David Choir.

*All times are ET/PT.

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