ATLANTA, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, January 30th, the 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will help kick off Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, AZ. The concert event and Super Bowl weekend favorite, has just announced living legend Gladys Knight as its headlining performer and co-hosts - actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL star, Rodney Peete. Joining Ms. Knight and the Peetes for the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is an all-star lineup of entertainers (Tichina Arnold, Natalie Grant, Anthony Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Israel Houghton, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin, DeWayne Woods) and athletes (Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, DeSean Jackson – Washington Redskins, Ray Lewis, Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, Rashad Jennings – New York Giants, Deion Sanders, Devon Still - Cincinnati Bengals), as well as the acclaimed NFL Players Choir (featuring current and retired players).
This year's Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is being made possible with gracious support from American Family Insurance. The evening will feature special tributes to gospel music legend Andrae Crouch and beloved sportscaster Stuart Scott. In addition, Hamilton and Hollister will join Woods for a never-before-seen performance of the new song, "Friend of Mine."
For the past 16 years, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, which is one of only five NFL sanctioned Super Bowl weekend events, has brought together a sterling group of secular and Christian artists, along with superstar athletes, to uplift and inspire and to give back to the community. Each year SBGC donates a portion of its proceeds to local and national charity organizations.
Of the 2015 festivities, Super Bowl Gospel Celebration creator and executive producer Melanie Few-Harrison says, "We're so excited to be bringing the Gospel Celebration to the Super Bowl for a 16th year. And it's an honor to be able to showcase an American treasure like Gladys Knight and all of the amazing talent that will be featured on this year's show. We're grateful to be a staple of Super Bowl weekend!"
The 16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will air on Super Bowl Sunday (February 1st) at 10AM ET on BET and again at 2PM ET on Centric. Tickets to the event are still available via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).
About The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration:
The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was launched in Miami in 1999 during Super Bowl XXXIII weekend. In 2002, the event became the first, and remains the only 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. For more information, visit: www.SuperBowlGospel.com, Facebook.com/SuperBowlGospel and Twitter.com/SuperBowlGospel.
About American Family Insurance:
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance offers auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance in 19 states and is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company and ranks 382nd on the Fortune 500 list. For more information visit: www.amfam.com, Facebook.com/amfam, Twitter.com/amfam, and www.youtube.com/amfam.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
For more information and the latest updates regarding SBGC, go to www.superbowlgospel.com.
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