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Nashville, TN –On Saturday, January 14, 2017, BMI will honor Gospel recording artist Bishop Marvin Sapp at its 18th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA. This annual and and uplifting event will pay tribute to the very best of the Gospel music community.  Serving as this year’s Co-Hosts will be former Trailblazers award recipient Yolanda Adams and Gospel artist and songwriter VaShawn Mitchell.

The invitation-only event, which is not only an  industry celebration but also a worship service, will be attended by gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives.

In addition to honoring Marvin Sapp, BMI will also announce the Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year during this uplifting evening of music and praise.

Meanwhile given the recent controversy surrounding this year’s co-honoree Kim Burrell, BMI has asked her to NOT take part in the ceremony in order to allow the focus to remain on the songwriters and their music.