Deitrick Haddon, one of the nominees for the Best Gospel Artist on the BET Awards, airing tonight at 8 p.m, has a sound that sneaks up on you.

Listening to his music and you'll hear the smooth hip hoppish grooves. So you bop your head. But listen to the words and there's an identifiable praise and worship going on.

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"Heaven Knows'' and "Count Your Blessings'' are typical of his sound, which resonates with the young and old. In a way these songs throw you back to a '70s sound with a message that's good every day, no matter what the year.

His crossover song with Mary Mary and Reuben Studdard is a thumping gospel sound that has done well on both R&B and gospel charts. The message tells you why they "Love Him Like I Do.'' This single is from Haddon's next CD, Revealed, which will drop next week.

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