Gospel singer Kim Burrell continues to face backlash after a video of her delivering a homophobic sermon went viral last week. BMI has uninvited Burrell from attending its Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards ceremony on Jan. 14.
“Given the controversy surrounding this year’s co-honoree Kim Burrell, we have asked her to not take part in the ceremony in order to allow the focus to remain on the songwriters and their music,” a rep for the performing rights organization said in an exclusive statement to Page Six.
Burrell was supposed to be honored at the ceremony along with gospel singer Marvin Sapp. “BMI was founded over 76 years ago with an open door policy to welcome songwriters across all genres, and that same spirit of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness continues today,” the statement read.
Burrell was also uninvited from appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week, where she was scheduled to perform a duet with Pharrell Williams.
“She made a statement she was doing a Facebook Live and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me,” she explained.
The singer’s radio show “Bridging the Gap” was also canceled due to Burrell’s hateful speech. She has yet to comment on the backlash.
SOURCE: New York Post / Page Six