New host, another great show BET wins again with Celebration of Gospel 2014
Airing Sunday, April 6 BET’s Celebration of Gospel is a hand clapping, foot stomping, voice raising good time. Filmed at the historic Orpehum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, March 15, the Sentinel was there to bring you an exclusive look inside the show.
After thirteen years of being hosted by comedian Steve Harvey, Hollywood’s beloved actress Taraji P. Henson took over the reins to host the 14th annual Celebration of Gospel (COG) and did so to a warm welcome.
“I’m just glad I was chosen to carry the torch. Big shoes to fill but I think I’ll do alright,” smiled Henson who says her roots are deeply rooted in the church.
The red carpet was abuzz with celebrity performers and attendees excited about the show and the new host.
Newly ordained Reverend Omarosa Manigault (The Aprentice) was in attendance expressing her excitement to see her fellow Howard University alumnus Henson host the show.
“It’s going to be hot. I know [Taraji will] do a great job,” said R&B star Charlie Wilson better known as Uncle Charlie.
Wilson had a testimony to share, bringing the house down with his spirit filled performance of “If I Believe” that had everyone on their feet.
Wilson was part of a heavy hitting line up of performers that BET President of Music Programming Stephen Hill said the team assembled for this year.
The Celebration of Gospel is a coming together of the top gospel and R&B artists for a night of praise, celebrating the genre of Gospel music.
“This is a great show because we have such a conglomeration,” said gospel star Donnie McClurkin “a real blend of artistry. It an only happen at the Celebration of Gospel.”
That “blend of artistry” is something gospel legend, Rance Allen, admitted to the Sentinel he was once against. “There was a time when I would not have agreed with inviting secular artists to perform Gospel music,” said Allen who has since experienced a change of heart. “I realized so many of those artists grew up in the church. These are our babies,” concluded a welcoming Allen.
Some of the performers included, gospel powerhouses Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Waker, and J.J. Hairston along with R&B sensations, SWV, and Chante Moore.
The 2014 COG brought with it some unique and exceptional collaborations. A crowd favorite was when songstress India Arie and Jonathan McReynolds joined forces in a medley of “Moved by You” and “No Gray.”
The Celebration was successful night of praise and worship. The show airs on BET Sunday April 6 check your local listings for times as it’s a spectacular you don’t want to miss!
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