One thing about Kirk Franklin, he gonna give us a praise party!! The Grammys, The Oscars, VMAs, The Hip-Hop Awards and now on cultures biggest night, The BET Awards, an epic celebration of Black culture featuring your favourite artists from film, television, music, literature and more. During the show Kirk Franklin and MC took a mini break from their tour to do a two-song set which began with “Kingdom” from their joint album Kingdom Book One. The energetic performace continued with Franklin’s 1995 classic “Melodies From Heaven.”
Their joint album, Kingdom Book One, was recorded in a prison and 1,300 inmates participated in its creation.
“Walking past these brothers who were singing my songs on the way to the performance was really, really humbling,” Franklin detailed to Rolling Stone. “To hear the hope and freedom in their voices even though they were in situations that are extremely challenging … that’s why we do what we do, and that’s what the music is for.”
Some major people in the industry weighed in on the performance
“Biggest Gospel group in the world right here” – Diddy
“Incredible” – Cece Winans
“Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin Deliver the Ultimate Gospel Experience” – BET
“Maverick City took the crowd of attendees to church during the show” – Billboard
“Legendary” – BET
“Emotionally transcendent” – Entertainment Tonight
Kirk also won the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Insperational Award for his collaboration with Lil Baby and he passed the baton on to the younger generation and dedicated his award to Maverick City
The other nominees for this category included All In Your Hands, by Marvin Sapp, Come To Life by Kanye West, Grace by Kelly Price, Hallelujah by Fred Hammond, Hold Us Together (Hope Mix) by H.E.R. & Tauren Wells, and Jireh by Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music.