Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Due to popular demand, LeAndria Johnson and Y’Anna Crawley, the winners of season two and three of BET’s hit gospel singing competition SUNDAY BEST, have been added to all-star lineup of performers on the number one gospel show on television CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL.
The anointed songstresses will perform alongside season two runner-up Jessica Reedy and 2011 GrammyÂ®-nominated artist (Best Female R&B Vocal Performance) Kelly Price. This highly acclaimed two-hour special, premiering on Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*, pays tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combines today’s leading gospel and secular artists!
In addition, BET would like to congratulate the following CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL performers who recently scored nominations for the 53rd Annual GrammyÂ® Awards: Israel Houghton (Best Gospel Performance and Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album), VaShawn Mitchell (Best Gospel Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album), Pastor Shirley Caesar (Best Traditional Gospel Album), BeBe Winans (Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance) and secular R&B crooner El DeBarge (Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance). They are expected to bring down the house with their soul stirring performances.
Other performances and appearances include Byron Cage, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, Chaka Khan, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, James Fortune and FIYA, Earnest Pugh, Rance Allen Group, Beverly Crawford with Dr. Bobby Jones and the Spirit of David Choir, and Jonathan Nelson and Purpose. Bishop TD Jakes and actors Hill Harper and Keith David will perform in CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL’s signature spoken word segments.
Hosted by popular actor, author and comedian Steve Harvey, this highly anticipated special will be taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Tickets to attend the taping are free to the public on a first-come, first-service basis by submitting a request via firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is a BET Networks Production. Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET’s vice president of specials, and Geovanni Brewer will executive produce the telecast.
For more information, please visit www.bet.com.
*All times are ET/PT.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.