Kim Burrell Asked to Not Take Part in BMI Gospel Music Event After Anti-Gay Sermon
Kim Burrell will not take part in next weekend's BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors, the performance rights organization announced on Friday (Jan. 6).
The announcement comes amidst a wide backlash against Burrell over a sermon she gave calling homosexuality "perverted."
She has since been dropped from a scheduled performance on Ellen and had her show "Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell" canceled from Texas Southern University's KTSU radio station.
In a statement, BMI announced Burrell's removal from the ceremony scheduled for Jan. 14:
"BMI's Trailblazers of Gospel Music is an annual celebration of gospel music and its many talented songwriters. Given the controversy surrounding this year’s co-honoree Kim Burrell, we have asked her to not take part in the ceremony in order to allow the focus to remain on the songwriters and their music. BMI was founded over 76 years ago with an open door policy to welcome songwriters across all genres, and that same spirit of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness continues today."
BMI further clarified the statement to Billboard to explain Burrell is no longer being honored, in addition to being pulled from the ceremony.
Singer Marvin Sapp will still be honored at the event.