The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles played host to the Steve Harvey-hosted 2013 Celebration of Gospel.
Doing it bigger than ever, the faith-based affair aired moments ago and unveiled its best line-up yet, featuring performances from Tamar Braxton, Anita Baker, Tyrese, and all the major gospel heavy hitters (Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Clark Sisters, and more).
Shortly before talent-devoid “divas” dominated charts with their brand of EDM or autotune-assisted fly-by-night hits (see: Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and oh na na what’s her name), 2006 saw an assembly of legendary divas gathered to be honored by Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey.
Indeed, it would take someone with Winfrey’s stature to unify Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and so many other legendary female entertainers and activists (Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, etc) for one worthy cause. Uniting for what was christened ‘The Legends Ball’, living legends lent their talents and stories for a group of distinguished guests including some of today’s top performers (Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and more).
Despite the absence of noted divas Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, and more, the three-day event (filmed for an ABC special) still won praise from viewers – especially its gospel themed finale.
With gospel hitmaker Bebe Winans at the helms, the ladies kicked off an impromptu “mic toss” where the singers showcased their gifts to the inspirational classic ‘A Wonderful Change’. Press PLAY above to see divas in action who earned the titling from their talent and not fashion accessories (note: no pitching correcting/modifying machines were on site).
As reported here, BET’s annual faith-based extravaganza ‘Celebration of Gospel’ is celebrating its 13th anniversary. Looking to do it bigger than ever, the Steve Harvey-hosted affair unveiled its best line-up yet, featuring performances from Tamar Braxton, Anita Baker, Tyrese, and all the major gospel heavy hitters (Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Clark Sisters, and more).
But before fans will be able to praise and gaze at the line-up on April 7th, the taping occurred last night in sunny Los Angeles. Check below to see some of That Grape Juice’s favorites – Tamar Braxton, Dorinda Clark Cole, Kierra Sheard, and more – hit the red carpet…
BET’s top rated annual faith-based extravaganza ‘Celebration Of Gospel’ will enjoy its 13th anniversary this year and if the recently announced performer roster is anything to go by, this year may be its best yet.
The Steve Harvey-hosted affair, which has seen performances of the genre’s greats as well as appearances from pop icon Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Monica, and more in its past, has unveiled its all-star line up this week.
Check below to see if some of your favorite acts will be hitting the stage:
(Actress Halle Berry At the ‘We Will Always Love You: Whitney Houston Tribute event in Los Angeles)
The stars joined to celebrate the life of the late, great Whitney Houston is a moving, Grammy-sponsored tribute last night.
As reported here, the Los Angeles hosted event boasted the vocals of Jennifer Hudson, Cece Winans, Usher, and Celine Dion (amongst others) as those tapped to lift their voices in memory of the ‘I Will Always Love You’ songstress.
Set for air on CBS November 13th, get into these snaps below from last night’s event (especially Jennifer Hudson channeling Houston circa 1988 Freedom Fest gear):
As previously reported, actress Halle Berry, rapper LL Cool J, and “singer” Britney Spears also acted as hosts for the event. (source)
Gospel/R&B star Michelle Williams was just one of many on hand at the Los Angeles Orpheum Theatre this weekend to behold the annual praise-fest that is BET Celebration of Gospel. Also seeing names like Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, and Ledisi on the guest list, the Steve Harvey hosted affair is due for airing on BET on April 1st at 8pm.
While fans ready themselves for the hand clapping praise session, this year’s festivities will include tributes to Mahalia Jackson (featuring Glee‘s Amber Riley) and Whitney Houston for their outstanding contributions to the genre.
Until April 1, see some shots from the show’s red carpet below (via Essence):
BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ is set to make its roaring return to the station on April 1st. The 12th annual edition of the Steve Harvey-hosted affair is set to get viewers moving with an all-star line-up of today’s gospel hitmakers including performances from Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Sunday’s Best/Grammy winner Le’Andria Johnson, and many more.
Also, in its yearly tradition, the praise session also invites the best of R&B and other secular genres to partake in the festivities. This year’s secular lineup includes Jennifer Holliday, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, and Ledisi. The foursome is believed to be readying a tribute honoring the gospel contributions of pop icon Whitney Houston. The late singer made her last televised performance at the event last year, belting out her hit ‘I Look To You’ with friend/gospel singer Kim Burrell.
Finally, Mahalia Jackson, whose biography ‘Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel’ is set to be adapted to film starring gospel/R&B regular Fantasia, will also be recognized for her ever present contributions to the genre as well.
Faithful fans of the event, being shot March 16th at the Los Angeles Orpheum Theatre, can see all the action when it hits screens only on BET, April 1st at 8pm.
Tonight saw the airing of the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards. With a moving tribute to Whitney Houston from gospel singer Yolanda Adams to Jill Scott and Jennifer Hudson, tonight’s showing saw some powerhouse voices hit the stage.