Los Angeles – Black Entertainment Television (BET), the gospel industry and its worker bees are getting together to congratulate themselves on another dismal year of not standing up for Christ and not confronting their homosexual taskmasters (lovers and co-workers) behind the scenes. But there is sort of great news. According to BET they finally paid convinced the Holy Spirit he needed to show up and make more church folk think all the entertainment had something to do with the gospel. The Holy Spirit’s appearance might also make the cult of celebrity “celebration” of gospel extravaganza look, well…”anointed”. That’s what their press release said so it must be true.
Legendary Vocalists Whitney Houston and Kim Burrell Amazed Audience Members with an Inspiring Performance of ‘I Look to You.’ Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Chaka Khan, El DeBarge, BeBe Winans, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kelly Price, LeAndria Johnson, Rance Allen Group, Israel Houghton, VaShawn Mitchell and More United for Gospel Music’s Biggest Night.
It was a night filled with the Holy Spirit and high notes reaching the heavens as audience members rejoiced at the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL ’11. The two-hour special, premiering Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*, paid 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-nominated® 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.
Remember last year? BET did not like it that GCM Watch wasn’t onboard to praise the strange mix of “gospel music lovers” (which included a reality “star” who’s naked pictures were all over the internet). Unfortunately, nothing’s changed. To BET all are the same. Its like reverse diversity. Whether you are “secular” or “gospel”, there’s scant difference about you as long as you can “sang” and secure cash for them. But perhaps BET is correct. After all its Black entertainment television. The gospel performers are just performing, just like the secular performers just perform. Its all a performance show meant to entertain. But that brings us back to the beginning. If the COG is just a show for performers of various performing hues, why would the Holy Spirit need to come?
And Shirley Ceasar still hasn’t renounced that bizarre and ironic song she recorded with Tonex/B.Slade/Anthony Williams. So Shirley, was everybody lying or did you really know the truth? Maybe you just deceived and wanted to look hip?