Talk about inspiring. Donnie McClurkin hit the stage at the 2015 BET Awards on June 28 and lit up the whole room with his touching tribute to legendary gospel singer Andraé Crouch. So beautiful!
Donnie McClurkin, 55, does double duty as a pastor and gospel singer, and his inspiring music brought the crowd to their feet at the 2015 BET Awards held on Sunday, June 28. Donnie paid tribute to gospel legend Andraé Crouch, who passed away in January 2015, with a lovely performance of “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” We know everyone in the crowd absolutely loved it!
Donnie took the stage in Los Angeles and made it his own. He’s used to commanding the attention of an audience as a pastor, and it was never more apparent as he sang his heart out with a beautiful religious number like “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” What a voice and a presence to match! Members of the audience were so moved by his tribute that they couldn’t help but get up out of their seats and sing along, swaying to the beat. Such an incredible part of the night!
While many of the performances during the night were elaborate and theatrical (not to say that’s a bad thing!), Donnie made a massive impact on the audience using just his voice and the help of a small choir surrounding him. Dressed in simple clothing and backed just by a screen showing Andraé’s peaceful face, Donnie sang loudly and proudly. André would have been so proud!
Donnie’s Storied Career In Gospel Music
Donnie has really had quite the year leading up to the 2015 BET Awards. In 2014, Donnie divided his time between performing on tour and serving as a judge on the BET hit singing competition Sunday Best, which attempts to find the next greatest gospel talent in the nation.
Donnie has also taken home three Grammy Awards for his music, the last in 2010 for Best Gospel Performance for his song “Wait On The Lord.” Something tells us that with that voice, it might not be long before he adds another to his long list of achievements.
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— Samantha Wilson