Celebrate Gospel with BET


Black Entertainment Television will present its Celebration of Gospel '05 Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST).

Among artists who will participate are Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, Fred Hammond, Angie Stone, Deitrick Haddon, BeBe Winans, Mary Mary, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dr. Bobby Jones and Tye Tribbett.

In addition, the Clark Sisters will reunite in a special family-affair tribute to matriarch Mattie Moss Clark for her innovative contributions to the gospel-music genre, rounded out by granddaughter Kierra "Kiki" Sheard and nephew J. Moss, BET said.

Celebrity attendees will include Nicole Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Kimberly Elise, Monica Calhoun, Judge Mablean Ephraim, Mari Morrow, Michael Colyar and child actor Khamani Griffin.

“In producing Celebration of Gospel this year, we wanted to showcase the tremendous range of gospel music from its established, traditional artists to some of the genre's new, exciting voices," BET senior vice president for production and programming Gina Holland said in a prepared statement.