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Gospel Stars Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The brother-and-sister gospel singing duo BeBe & CeCe Winans will receive the 2,452nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring a career that has brought them seven chart-topping albums and singles and a combined 15 Grammy Awards.

Jazz musician Dave Koz and Yvette Nicole Brown, a cast member of the NBC comedy “Community,’ will join the Winans in speaking at the late-morning ceremony in front of The Music Box on Hollywood Boulevard. The Winans will also perform one of their hits.

The seventh and eighth of the 10 children of gospel singers Mom and Pop Winans made their debut in 1982 as part of the signing group The PTL Singers on the Christian television show “The PTL Club.’

They left group in 1987 to pursue a recording career, signing with Sparrow Records. Their debut album “BeBe & CeCe Winans’ reached 12th on the Billboard gospel charts. A single from the album, “I.O.U Me,’ reached No. 2 on the Christian music charts, while another single, “For Always,’ brought CeCe Winans a Grammy for best female soul gospel performance.

BeBe Winans won his first Grammy in 1988 for best male soul gospel performance for “Abundant Life.’ He won again in the category the following year for “Meantime.’

In 1991, they became the second gospel act to have an album top the R&B/Hip Hop chart.”Different Lifestyles’ also topped the gospel chart and brought them a Grammy for best contemporary soul gospel album.

They began pursuing solo careers in 1994, with CeCe Winans winning a Grammy in 1995 for best contemporary soul gospel album for “Alone in His Presence.’ She also won Grammys in 2001 for best pop/contemporary gospel album (“CeCe Winans’), in 2005 for best gospel performance (“Pray’) and best contemporary soul gospel album (“Purified and in 2008 for best pop/contemporary gospel album (“Thy Kingdom Come’).

The Winans reunited in 2009 to record the album “Still,’ which topped the gospel charts and won a Grammy as best contemporary R&B gospel album. Its lead single, “Close to You,’ also topped the gospel charts and won several awards, including the 2010 BMI Award for the most performed gospel song of the year. Another single from the album “Grace,’ brought the Winans a Grammy for best gospel performance.

BeBe Winans also won a Grammy as a producer of Whitney Houston’s 1993 album of the year for the original soundtrack album from the film “The Bodyguard.’

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