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Before now, BET Awards had not announced any gospel performers. But on Thursday, June 27, Grammy-
nominated recording artist Tamela Mann revealed that she had been added to the performance roster along
with platinum-selling Grammy Award winner, Kirk Franklin.
The two are set to perform together on the BET awards stage—likely sharing the Franklin-penned gospel hit
that has swept the nation, Take Me To The King.
While it’s good to see Christian voices amplified on national stages like those provided by the BET platform,
will Mann and Franklin be enough to draw in staunch Christian audiences who find performers like Nicki
Minaj, Ciara, and R. Kelly, less than appealing?
That remains to be seen.
Last year, the awards show drew in 7.4 million viewers, spawned 10 million unique tweets, making the BET
Awards the "third most social tentpole event" in 2012 behind only the Super Bowl and the Grammys.
Are two big name gospel performers enough to draw you in, or will you flipping past BET Sunday night?
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2013 BET Awards: Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin
Confirmed Performers Among Scarce Gospel Lineup
Singer/actress Tamela Mann performs onstage during the BET Celebration of Gospel 2013 at Orpheum Theatre on March 16,
2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: GETTY)