The annual music special will premiere on BET Networks on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:00PM ET
Melanie Few-Harrison, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Rickey Smiley, Arthur McAfee and Tim Davies attend the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Press Conference on January 9, 2019 at Atlanta City Hall [credit: Marcus Ingram/Super Bowl Gospel]
(ATLANTA) - January 9, 2019 - Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms officially welcomed the 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) to Atlanta during a press conference today at City Hall with officials from the NFL, the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, Boys & Girls Club of America and Radio One in attendance.
Returning to Atlanta for its 20th anniversary, the concert will be taped in front of a live audience on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Atlanta Symphony Hall during Super Bowl LIII week. National radio and tv personality Rickey Smiley is set to co-host the show, which will feature performances by Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, The Winansand the Super Bowl Gospel NFL Players Choir. More talent will be announced.
The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration special will premiere exclusively on BET Networks on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:00PM ET.
"I can think of no better place to host our 20th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration than in my hometown of Atlanta," says Melanie Few-Harrison, NFL Sanctioned Holder, Creator & Executive Producer of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. "Atlanta's vibrant music scene, rich culture and diverse community are the perfect backdrop for Super Bowl 53 and all of our incredible artists will inspire audiences, touch lives and put on a show the city will never forget!"
"On behalf of BET Networks, we are beyond excited to partner with Melanie Few and the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration team for the 6th year in a row to bring the special to our loyal BET audience and gospel fans around the world," said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming for BET Networks. "We congratulate Melanie and team on the 20th Anniversary of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration and for bringing this inspiring and uplifting event to her hometown of Atlanta, GA. Each year we have continued to see the growth of the special, drawing in thousands of fans in each city - from Minnesota to Houston to Arizona - and we are proud to have been there every step of the way! We look forward to continuing our partnership with another successful Super Bowl Gospel Celebration."
Brett Daniels (Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee), Pamela Taylor (SBGC), Bryan Scott (NFL Players Choir), Cameron Newton (NFL Players Choir), Melanie Few-Harrison (SBGC), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Rickey Smiley (National Radio/TV Personality), Arthur McAfee (NFL), Tim Davies (Radio One), Olrick Johnson (NFL Players Choir) and Terrence Stephens (NFL Players Choir) attend the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Press Conference at Atlanta City Hall on January 9, 2019 [credit: Marcus Ingram/Super Bowl Gospel]
Originating at Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999, the annual event joins together key NFL Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream GRAMMY® Award-winning artists and special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages.
By far, the largest multicultural event to take place during Super Bowl weekend in its 20-year run as an NFL-sanctioned event, SBGC has featured artists including Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Gladys Knight, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Anthony Hamilton, among many others.
ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION:
The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was launched in Miami in 1999 during Super Bowl XXXIII weekend. The event became the first, and remains the only Gospel concert sanctioned by the National Football League (NFL). The show has drawn crowds in the thousands and has demonstrated growth year-after-year, selling out venues in major Super Bowl host cities including Dallas, Tampa, Detroit, Jacksonville, Houston and Phoenix.