Yolanda Adams won Best Gospel Artist. As she accepted her award, she urged her peers to act mature and use their fame wisely.
“We need all of ya’ll, I’m saying the world needs everyone in this room. Please make sure that you use your gift responsibly, ’cause we’re watching. Our babies are watching, and they want to be like us.”
The night also featured some tributes to deceased greats: Chante Moore performed a medley of Donna Summer’s hits and Valerie Simpson sang a song in honor of her husband and writing partner Nick Ashford. Don Cornelius, Dick Clark and Hal Jackson were given shout-outs.
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Even West offered tributes: after his performance, he name-dropped Rodney King and Whitney Houston in a verse that got cheers from the crowd, including his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian.
The most-buzzed about performance, was the tribute to Whitney Houston that which included the late singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, brother, Brandy and Monica. Brandy danced across the stage and reminded us of a young Whitney Houston and was a warm and fun tribute. Cissy’s prayerful delivery of “Bridge Over Trouble Water” moved the auditorium to tears.