BET’s Celebration of Gospel to Honor Whitney Houston April 1st

BET invites viewers to “Rise Up! Renew! Rejoice!” on Palm Sunday, April 1st at 8 p.m.* for the 12th annual CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL. The highly anticipated music special airs for the first time in its 12 year history during the Easter Season, further enriching the power, meaning and significance of the “Celebration of Gospel.” The two-hour special, taped Friday, March 16th at 8 p.m. PT at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, brings together gospel superstars and R&B legends to share the stage in not often seen dynamic and exclusive performances. The #1 Gospel/Religious telecast since its inception** is hosted by best-selling author, veteran comedian and media mogul Steve Harvey.

This year’s stellar line-up includes the very best that gospel and secular music has to offer with performances by Gospel greats Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, The Rance Allen Group, James Fortune & FIYA, 2012 Grammy-award winner Le’Andria Johnson, Jessica Reedy, Earnest Pugh, Isaac Carree, Moses Tyson Jr. Ricky Dillard & New G, Zacardi Cortez and Maurette Brown-Clark plus a special appearance by BET Music Matters artist Mali Music as well as secular artists Grammy and Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday, as well R&B sensations Faith Evans, Johnny Gill, Ledisi and Kelly Price. In addition to musical performances, Dr. Bobby Jones, of BET‘s long-running gospel show BOBBY JONES GOSPEL and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson of the ratings juggernaut THE GAME will deliver moving spoken word selections.

Additionally, two moving tributes are planned in recognition of the life and legacy of the “Mother of Gospel Music,” four-time Grammy-award winner, civil rights activist, and vocal powerhouse Mahalia Jackson and to honor the memory of legendary entertainer, Whitney Houston, whose singing gift was anchored in her gospel roots.

Tickets to attend the taping are free to the public on a first-come, first-service basis by submitting a request via

  1. I’m glad the Gospel is going to give her a Tribute …. Nippy grew up in the church she knew God and Jesus ….. Live in Jesus GOD by her music , alone with her secular music as a human being … I agree it’s a good line up with the secular music too … Whitney deserve it in her 48 years she sung for her fans. She gave her all in the music industy until her last breath ……

  2. Susan STFU does it matter who it’s a pic of read the article that is the point. Mahalia Jackson is also getting a tribute so should it be of her as well? I mean really it’s Faith Evans and she is performing and she just did a fantastic interview for this site so it’s a no brainier why they choose her. Anyways I i’m really excited for this years show every year it seems to get a little better and this year with the singers they have I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing show.

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