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Thursday, December 9, 2010

ARETHA FRANKLIN SURGERY A SUCCESS

Last week Aretha Franklin underwent a surgery, but the type of surgery was not disclosed.  Various reports are now saying the Queen of Soul had an operation for pancreatic cancer.  The Detroit Free Press reports a cousin has stated the singer will be released this weekend. 
Debra Corbett said Franklin “has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer.”

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BET COMPLETES CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL TALENT LINE UP


SUNDAY BEST WINNERS LEANDRIA JOHNSON AND Y’ANNA CRAWLEY ADDED TO THE STELLAR LIST OF PERFORMERS ON BET’S CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL, PREMIERING SUNDAY, JANUARY 30 AT 8:00 P.M.*

LOS ANGELES — December 6, 2010 —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 Grammy®-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 Grammy® 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 betrsvp@bet.net. 

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.
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