Whitney Houston to Be Honored by BET in 'Celebration of Gospel'

The ex-wife of Bobby Brown will be saluted in a star-studded concert which features Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Faith Evans, Ledisi and Kelly Price.

AceShowbiz - The life and legacy of %cWhitney Houston% continue to be celebrated by her fans and fellow artists. When BET's "Celebration of Gospel" returns for its 12th annual celebration next week, the late New Jersey singer whose "singing gift was anchored in her gospel roots" will be honored in a special segment.

The two-hour special is going to feature the likes of %cKirk Franklin%, %cYolanda Adams%, %cPastor Shirley Caesar%, %cFred Hammond%, %cMarvin Sapp%, %cThe Rance Allen Group%, %cJames Fortune% and %cFIYA%. There will also be special appearances by %cFaith Evans%, %cJohnny Gill%, %cLedisi% and %cKelly Price%.

The concert will be hosted by %cSteve Harvey% and taped Friday, March 16 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. It will air on April 1, marking the first time in its 12 year history it broadcasts during the Easter Season. In addition to honoring Whitney, the gig will salute "Mother of Gospel Music" and four-time Grammy-award winner %cMahalia Jackson%.

Following Whitney Houston's sudden passing on February 11 this year, there have been countless tributes dedicated to the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker. Most recently, female contestants of "American Idol" season 11 covered songs from her catalog in its first live-performance round.

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