Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mary Mary Makes Big Presence at BET Awards

Besides all eyes being glued to the special dedications in memory of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson on June 28's airing of the BET Awards, gospel music lovers were treated with a special stage performance from gospel duo Mary Mary. The two were recently added to the line-up of performers for the award show held at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. They performed their latest radio hit, "God in Me," which included a cameo appearance from actress and rap diva Queen Latifah who filled in for an absent Kierra Sheard.

The L.A. Times covered the events' performances and had this to say about Mary Mary's performance:

Mary Mary: “God in Me.”Foxx introduces Mary Mary as “the new Queens of Gospel,” but they sound an awful lot like standard run-of-the-mill queens of R&B. With a skittering electronic beat, it’s mid-tempo R&B with a smattering of hip-hop. A midpoint appearance from Queen Latifah picks things up, but not by much. C

Mary Mary also took home the BET Best Gospel Artist award. The nominees in that category included Regina Belle, Shirley Caesar, Smokie Norful and Trin-i-tee 5:7.


peculiar VIrtue said...

*disclaimer: hateration is NOT the purpose of this post*

Granted, MaryMary's performance here was not their best, my concerns lay somewhere else--specifically, one of the "Mary's" skin-tight pants. Since you insist, I'll clarify:

As a young (27), saved woman, I've noticed a disturbing trend forming in the 'image' that urban gospel artists have adopted... Necklines get lower, dresses hug [i.e. squeeze] curves closer, and bling gets brighter--but when is the line between being IN the world and not OF the world??

I once heard the saying that our lives are often the only Bible that unbelievers will ever read... If the GOSPEL is delivered in the SOUND [read: the "boom-bap"] but distracted by the LOOK, have we, as followers of Christ, really accomplished anything?

Just my 2(0) cents...


Hey PV. Thanks for sharing your view. Not everyone is bold enough to state that. It is clear that Mary Mary have a few kinks they need to work out when it comes to fashion and image control.