In its 16th year, the only NFL sanctioned gospel music event kicked off just days before the biggest game in the world. It’s no secret that many players have faith, but to see them offer praise is a can’t miss experience. Last night in Tempe, Arizona the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration brought faith to football! The event was attended by current and former football players, actors and gospel music fans from everywhere! The evening was hosts were former NFL Quarterback Rodney Peete and his wife Holly Robinson-Peete. The NFL choir opened the concert that included performances by Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Mali Music, DeWayne Woods, Dave Hollister, Anthony Hamilton, Natalie Grant, Israel & New Breed and headlined by soul legend turned gospel psalmist Gladys Knight.
Hats off to Melanie Few-Harrison and her amazing team celebrating 16 years of inspiration! This year’s Super Bowl Gospel Celebration did not disappoint! From the red carpet to the stage, the atmosphere was charged with expectation as attendees were ready to give God praise and praise is what they did! Praises poured in from all over the ASU Gammage auditorium on the Arizona State University campus, giving God genuine praise. One of the most anticipated moments of the evening recognized the winner of this year’s gospel dreams competition. Each year the winner performs his winning jingle chosen by American Family Insurance, a sponsor of the event.
The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the hottest ticket leading up to the Super Bowl. Each year, fans have the chance to see some of their favorite players in high praise. The up close atmosphere plays out more like a church service than a concert or football event, a super celebration indeed! This year, actors Tichina Arnold and Boris Kodjoe made red carpet appearances and Pastor Joel Osteen was on hand with his Sirius XM show doing a live remote, he got to catch up with Tony Dungy, the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl. You can view pictures from the SBGC Twitter feed and Facebook page.
Adding a personal touch, there were tributes to the late Pastor Andraé Crouch and sportscaster Stuart Scott. Crouch is known as the father of modern gospel music and with Scott’s colloquialisms, he changed the world of sports reporting.
The only event bigger than the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the actual Super Bowl and on Sunday, one team will offer praise for the championship! Seahawks tackle Russell Okung made an appearance at the event, fans hope to see him and his Seahawks teammates hoisting the Lombardi trophy on Sunday. Can lifted hands in praise on Friday lead to a lifted Lombardi trophy on Sunday? In an unofficial stat, it seems that the team that makes an attends the SBGC has the better chance of winning the big game. Either way, each team is definitely praying for a win!
If you missed the biggest gospel music celebration Super Bowl weekend, you can catch it at 10 am EST on BET and at 2 pm EST on the Centric network this weekend. Tune in and get ready to raise the praise with your favorite players as faith,family and fun collide in the biggest, brightest and best gospel music celebration, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.