Gospel’s “main man” Fred Hammond, 2012 Grammy winner Le’Andria Johnson, and R&B sensation Ledisi are among this year’s cast of performers at BET’s 12th annual Celebration of Gospel. The program will air, for the first time in its history, during the Easter season, Palm Sunday, April 1.
Steve Harvey will once again host the two-hour show. The lineup also includes Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jessica Reedy, Earnest Pugh, Isaac Carree, Moses Tyson Jr., Ricky Dillard & New G, Zacardi Cortez and Maurette Brown Clark. Additionally, there will be a special appearance by BET Music Matters artist Mali Music.
Other performers are Jennifer Holliday, Faith Evans, Johnny Gill and Kelly Price. Dr. Bobby Jones and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson will deliver spoken word selections, and tributes will be paid to Mahalia Jackson and Whitney Houston.
The show will be taped Friday, March 16, at 8PM (PST) at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
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