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BMI HONORS GOSPEL’S BEST & BRIGHTEST AT THE TRAILBLAZERS OF GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS IN LAS VEGAS

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DONNIE MCCLURKIN PRESENTED WITH SONG OF THE YEAR FOR “I NEED YOU”

The Private Luncheon Also Recognized the Top Ten Most Performed 
Gospel Songs Of 2017

March 26, 2018 (New York, NY) – BMI honored the best and brightest in gospel music at the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music luncheon, held on March 23rd at La Cave in Las Vegas, Nevada. Renowned singer/songwriter Donnie McClurkin was awarded the event’s highest honor of Song of the Year for his hit “I Need You” which spent 58 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. The private ceremony was hosted by BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta Catherine Brewton and Assistant Vice President, Creative, Los Angeles Wardell Malloy.

The uplifting event also celebrated the remarkable achievements of the gospel community recognizing the Ten Most Performed Songs of the Year (2017) from its affiliated songwriters. Those songs included  “#YDIA,” written by Lucius B. Hoskins; “Better,” written by Jason Clayborn; “Father Jesus Spirit,” written and performed by Fred Hammond with co-writer Shelton Summons;  “God Provides” written by Kirk Franklin; “God’s Grace” written and performed by Luther Barnes;  “Hang On” written by Derrick Starks; “Never Have to Be Alone” written by Alvin Love III; “Victory Belongs to Jesus” written and performed by Todd Dulaney; “You” written and performed by Jeremy Boyd with co-writer Jermaine Dolly and “You Deserve It” written by David Bloom.

“It was an honor to recognize the work of these incredible songwriters who have touched so many with their unique gift,” said Brewton. “Their music has been a cornerstone of worship and they continue to inspire others through their songwriting.”

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BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES AUDITION PROCESS FOR UPCOMING SEASON 10 RETURN OF HIT SERIES “SUNDAY BEST”

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KIRK FRANKLIN RETURNS AS HOST & MENTOR, ALONG WITH JUDGES ERICA CAMPBELL, JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS AND KELLY PRICE

Kelly Price, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jonathan McReynolds, Erica Campbell and Kelly Price during a season 9 episode of “Sunday Best” on BET
(NEW YORK, NY) – February 7, 2020 – Returning to BET Network’s for season 10 is America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best.” The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host. Returning for the second consecutive year as judges are gospel songstress and host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell, and Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds.
Season 10 open call auditions will be held Saturday, February 15th in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope (4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034; registration 6am-11am). Atlanta auditions will be filmed for television. Aspiring contestants should be age 18+ and should prepare to sing a song from the list below:
1. Amazing Grace
2. Blessed Assurance
3. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
4. His Eye is On The Sparrow
5. I Need Thee Every Hour
6. I Surrender All
7. It Is Well With My Soul
8. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
9. Love Lifted Me10. Mary, Don’t You Weep
11. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
12. O Come, All Ye Faithful (O Come Let Us Adore Him)
13. Oh, How I Love Jesus
14. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
15. Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
16. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Aspiring contestants from around the country are encouraged to submit their audition online and get additional audition information at BET.com/SundayBest. The final day for online submissions is February 10, 2020, at 5:00 pm EST.
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), and Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) serve as executive producers of season ten of Sunday Best along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!), and Torrence Glenn (Celebration Of Gospel, Trumpet Awards) is co-executive producer. 
For updates and more information about “Sunday Best”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.
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