Back again for the eighth groundbreaking year in a row is BET’s “Celebration of Gospel.” If you thought the 2007 telecast was amazing, you don’t want to miss this year’s offering of the world’s best gospel talent, as well as secular artists who welcome the chance to showcase their spiritual roots.
The 2008 “Celebration of Gospel” kicks off on BET on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). This year’s theme is “Spirit and Song,” and there’s plenty of both this year.
Host Steve Harvey returns as the show’s MC, giving COG its comedic balance but not straying too far from its gospel roots.
This year’s lineup includes the always fabulous Patti Labelle along with gospel stalwarts like Kirk Franklin, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Pastor Shirley Caesar, J Moss, Israel Houghton and Yolanda Adams. Chicago-born singer/songwriter John Legend allowed fans to see a new side of him in his stirring performance. New this year, is a special appearance by the “Sunday Best” top five finalists, including winner Crystal Aiken. For those of you who watched and voted while Crystal Aiken competed, you’ll enjoy seeing the top contenders together again doing what they do best – praising the Lord in song.
Like last year, “Celebration of Gospel 2008” has its share of celebrity attendees, including Tyrese and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. It will also have its share of memorable performances. The 2007 Celebration of Gospel broke records to become the No. 1-watched religious show in television history, with more than 2.5 million viewers, so you know this year’s will be even better.
More… Make sure to watch on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), only on BET!
Even More.. Below are some pictures from the Celebration of Gospel Red Carpet.
Fred Hammond and Guest
Israel and New Breed
J Moss and Paul Allen – PAJAM
Sunday Best Finalist Tasha Collins, Shari Addison, Crystal Aikin, Emily Gomez and Jermaine Sellers are reunited
Bobby Jones and Yolanda Adams
Marvin and MaLinda Sapp
TONEX and Guest