According to Essence, Taraji P Henson will host the network's annual Celebration of Gospel. Henson took over hosting duties from comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey in 2014. Harvey was the show's emcee for 13 consecutive years. Performers for this year include legends Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Gospel staples Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, and Donald Lawrence among others. The show will be taped at the famed Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and will be televised on January 31 at 8pm ET.
Sidebar: I'm looking forward to seeing Taraji host this year. Check out when I hung out The Celebration of Gospel rehearsals back in 2015 below.
Tyrese and Le'Andria Johnson at Celebration of Gospel Rehearsals back in 2013
My interview with Tye Tribbett at Celebration of Gospel Rehearsals back in 2013