BET.com takes a look at gospel greats!
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A Look at Gospel Greats - Ahead of the Celebration of Gospel premiere, BET.com takes a look at gospel greats, who widened the reach of the genre and inspired millions of believers along the way. Who are they? Find out here!
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Mary Mary - Grammy Award-winning duo Mary Mary has etched its name in music history with groundbreaking music that has delighted and inspired. We first met the sister act in 2000, when their debut single “Shackles” stormed the Billboard charts and offered listeners a new and unique brand of gospel. Since then, they’ve released game changing gospel hits such as “God in Me” and “Get Up” and have six studio albums that have blessed millions of believers across the globe.(Photo: Phil McCarten/PictureGroup)
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Donnie McClurkin - Donnie McClurkin is one of the greatest gospel singers. The multiple Grammy and Stellar Award-winning artist has made significant contributions to the genre with six albums that feature a multitude of hits. Best known for his records "Stand" and "We Fall Down," McClurkin continues to lift our spirits through music and his inspiring testimony. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Super Bowl Gospel)
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Richard Smallwood - Richard Smallwood has been a fixture in gospel since the 1970s as a vocalist, composer and writer. Smallwood, this year's Celebration of Gospel honoree carefully crafts praise and worship songs that act as the soundtrack to Sunday services across the nation. Classics such as "Center of My Joy" and "Total Praise" uniquely position Smallwood atop the list of gospel greats. (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET)
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Kim Burrell - Pastor Kim Burrell is revered as the vocal bible in gospel and secular circles. 1989 saw Burrell release her first solo album, Try Me Again, and since then, her career has been on the upswing. The award winning powerhouse has worked with gospel greats Shirley Ceasar, Yolanda Adams and the Clark Sisters. Outside of gospel, contermporary acts such as Beyoncé, Brandy and Faith Evans have all credited her as influencing their vocal styles.(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)