Celebrities, musicians, and sports personalities graced the red carpet at Atlanta Symphony Hall for the 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
Well-known Atlantians such as Nene Leakes, Rashan Ali, and Darlene McCoy came out in full force to support the gospel extravaganza that took place during Super Bowl LIII festivities throughout Atlanta.
We caught up with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston on the red carpet. In good spirits, he said he was delighted to be able to attend an event like this during Super Bowl weekend. “We have to make sure that we start everything with God first,” he explained, “then everything else can go ahead and trickle on out.”
The live taping featured a lineup of NFL players and award-winning musical artists. Performances included The Winans, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Tamia, Lecrae, Hezekiah Walker, Koryn Hawthorne, the NFL Player Choir, and Kirk Franklin who premiered his new song “Love Theory.”
Atlanta comedian Rickey Smiley and talk show host Adrienne Bailon co-hosted the NFL-sanctioned event. You can catch Smiley live every weekday mornings from 6 AM to 10 AM ET on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Bailon is a host on the daytime talk show “The Real” that comes on every weekday morning at 11 AM ET.
Denver Bronco’s linebacker Von Miller was awarded this year’s “Faith in Action” award for his continued success with his charity “Von’s Vision.” According to his charity’s website, their mission is to “provide low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need to be their best in the classroom and in life.”
“I can think of no better place to host our 20th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration than in my hometown of Atlanta,” Melanie Few-Harrison, Creator & Executive Producer of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, said at the beginning of the year. “Atlanta’s vibrant music scene, rich culture, and diverse community are the perfect backdrop for Super Bowl LIII and all of our incredible artists will inspire audiences, touch lives and put on a show the city will never forget!”
In fact, despite the host of activities and events during Super Bowl weekend, attendees still found the time to celebrate and praise God. The huge“praise party” has been going strong for 20 years since kicking off in Miami in 1999.
The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration special will premiere exclusively on BET on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 8:00 PM ET
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