Kirk Franklin Preaches the Gospel of 'Love Theory' With 2019 BET Awards Performance: Watch

Kirk Franklin and Kelly Price
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Kirk Franklin and Kelly Price perform onstage at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Kirk Franklin brought the crowd to church at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night (June 23) with a rafter-raising gospel performance in the final act of the ceremony.  

The gospel king and host of BET's gospel competition Sunday Best brought out a full gospel choir and the judges from the program, Erica Campbell, Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds, to lend their voices to a heavenly chorus near the close of the 3.5-hour broadcast.

In spite of the late set time, Franklin was a ball of praise-giving energy and led the congregation in a sing-along -- centered on Franklin's own "Love Theory," which earned him a BET Award nomination this year -- that had the audience joining in from their seats.

Franklin scored two nominations in the Gospel/Inspiration category at this year's BET Awards, one for "Love Theory" and another for his collaboration with Tori Kelly, "Never Alone" (which took home an award for best gospel performance/song at the 2019 Grammy Awards).


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