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10th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL A PRAISE PARTY

For a decade BET's celebration of gospel has presented the best of the gospel music world and the r&b world coming together to sing praises to God.This year's show was no exception to the tradition.

Gospel artist Fred Hammond opened the show singing his new single "They That Wait," which featured fellow gospel legend John P. Kee.

Fantasia and her mother sang the song "Precious Jesus,"that featured Fantasia hitting a note that made the crowd stand on their feet.

Bebe and Cece Winans made their first joint appearance on the show and kept the worship experience going by their newest hit "Close To You."

Shirley Caesar sang her new song "Celebrate" which had some in crowd praise dancing.

The Rance Allen Group brought the crowd to their feet with their classic "There's Something About The Name Jesus."

James Fortune & Fiya sang the ASCAP gospel song of the year,"I Trust You." During the song Fortune testified how God delivered him and his family from homelessness.

As with every show for the past decade Steve Harvey hosted the show, and this year they decided to pay tribute to him with a host of gospel and secular celebrities. Donnie McClurkin made a surprise appearance to pay tribute to Harvey.McClurkin sang his classic "We Fall Down."During the tribute Harvey was visibly moved by the show of love.Marvin Sapp also payed tribute in song to Harvey by singing his song "Greater."

The highlight of the evening came when r&b stars Kelly Price and Ledisi teamed up to sing a rousing version of "How Great Thou Art," which featured Ledisi hitting a note that brought the crowd to their feet.

Fred Hammond returned to the stage to sing his classics "Blessed"and "Dont Give Up."The songs were pognant and soul stirring as well as groove oriented.

Tye Tribbitt made a special appearance on the show to sing his newst song "Praising,"which featured Tribbett and his singers in 50's style outfits.During the performance Tribbett rocked out on the piano guitarand got down while he danced on the floor.Before Tribbett left the stage he told the crowd that he was "glad that God still loves you even people fall out of love with you."

Donald Lawrence and The City of Refuge Santuary Choir closed the event with a rocking performance of Lawrence's hit

"Back To Eden," that had this reporter dancing with them.They also sang a little of the classic "Aint No Stoppin' Us Now."

The 10th annual celebration of gospel was a musical treat for any lover of music,especially gospel.The show will air soon on BET

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