Despite Successful Ratings, BET Cancel’s Celebration of Gospel

What happens when religion becomes too commercial and political? God drives them out of the building.

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As reported by Jawn Murray of AlwaysAlist.com, More than 2.6 million total viewers tuned in to BET’s annual special “Celebration of Gospel” when it premiered on April 6, making it the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years.

A celebration of faith through music, this year’s special featured an all-star roster of performances including Tamela Mann, Kem,Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, Zacardi Cortez, SWVCandice Glover, Donnie McClurkinTasha Page Lockart, India.ArieJonathan McReynolds, Erica CampbellRance Allen Group, Tasha CobbsTye Tribbett and others.

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Despite its stellar ratings and continued success, BET revealed during their upfront presentation to advertisers in New York that “Celebration of Gospel” would not return as one of  its “Mega-Specials.” The network is bringing back the “BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” and “BET Honors.”

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