taraji p henson

*There’s a new gospel sheriff in town!

Taraji P. Henson is taking over as host of BET’s “Celebration of Gospel.”

Steve Harvey‘s 13-year run as host has come to an end.

But not to worry, Henson has the heart, spirit and personality to take over hosting the annual celebration.

“I am thrilled to join the BET “Celebration of Gospel” family.  I look forward to a great evening of incredible music and continuing the rich history of BET and gospel music which started 14 years ago hosted by the talented and very funny Steve Harvey,” she said.

This year’s ceremony will be packed with performances and appearances — including duets by Donnie McClurkin and Tye TribbettLalah Hathaway and Zacardi Cortez; and Chante Moore and Vashawn Mitchell.

More spiritual performances include Yolanda AdamsErica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Detrick Haddon and J.J. Hairston.

“Sunday’s Best” winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and “American Idol” Candice Glover will also be performing.

“Since its’ inception, ‘Celebration of Gospel’ has brought together the best voices from both the secular and gospel music worlds to give praise like only they can,” said President of Music Programming & Specials, Stephen Hill for BET Networks. “This year is no exception because at the end of the day, everyone’s roots are in gospel music.  A gathering of powerful singers like these on one show can only happen on BET.”

The celebration will tape on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m./PST at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and will premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m./EST.