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High Notes at Gospel Salute

Gospel's Red Carpet stars shine at Grammy Salute to Gospel

Videos and award-winning ballets sung by some of gospel's elite to a full house at the Lincoln Theatre in Northwest Washington went back in time to the glory days of Edwin and Walter Hawkins, Sandi Patty and The Winnans, the honorees for this year's Grammy Salute to Gospel.

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The three were the focal point of the evening where they were handed the President's Merit Academy award from the industry's Recording Academy for their contribution to gospel music.

Patti LaBelle, in a green dress that glittered, sang "Tomorrow'' (the Winans hit song from 1984) as only she can does, with whoops and even the flutter of her voice and arms in an angelic motion to remember late Ronald Winans, brother to the remaining brothers Marvin, Carvin and Michael.

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A much slimmed down Rance Allen, who wore a shiny black suit and red tie, sang "Uphold Me'' another memorable song by the Winans, who are a five-time Grammy award winning group.

The trio from Detroit, after receiving their plaque, came together with sister CeCe and Marvin Winan Jr., to sing "The Question Is,'' which brought the audience to its feet.

Natalie Grant, wearing a bubble-like dress that draped her petite figure but stopped just above her knees, stirred the audience in tribute to Patty, who is known as "the Voice.'' She sang "Love In Any Language.''

Grant was followed by the Nashville-based Avalon, who sang "Another Time, Another Place.''

Patty, a native of Oklahoma and another multi-award winning gospel hero whose career includes gospel, broadway and classical music, shared her insights on what has inspired her almost 30 years of singing.

"Gospel Music is a story because the story needed to be told,'' said Patty, wearing a red laced dress. "We can never stop telling the story that God's a God of second, third and fourth chances.''

In soft opera tones that rose and fell, Patty sang "We Shall Behold Him,'' in a tribute to the late Dotti Rambo, the songs author who recently passed away. The audience came to its feet.

The night of celebration and rejoicing appropriately ended with a salute to Grammy-award winning Edwin and Walter Hawkins, who transformed gospel in their early days during the 60s.

Richard Smallwood sang "God Will Take Care of You'' and Kim Burrell gave a jazzy contemporary sound to "Be Grateful,'' a song by the Hawkins that became an anthem for many churches.

The brothers capped the night off with "Thank You Lord."

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