137 Performers Confirmed for 9th Holy Hip Hop Awards

Less than one month remains before the 9th Annual Holy Hip Hop Awards and 137 "ministers of the Gospel" are confirmed to perform.

The two-day extravaganza expects to draw believers from over 146 cities, 40 different states and 5 nations, according to organizers of the annual event. In addition to featuring non-stop performances from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Jan. 16 and from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Jan. 17, the event will recognize this year's honorees for their invaluable service, sacrifice, labor and contributions to the community.

"It's more than music … it's a movement," states the motto of the Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop, which hosts the event each year in Atlanta.

"The Annual Holy Hip Hop Awards and Artist Showcase allows artists to display their talents and members of the community to engage in an entertaining and spiritually riveting event," testified Shirley Franklin, the mayor of Atlanta, in a letter to the fellowship.

"The Annual Holy Hip Hop Awards and Artist Showcase recognizes ministers of the gospel for their commitment to impacting the hearts, minds and should of the community," she added.

"The City of Atlanta commends your diligence in reaching spirits through Hip Hop."

This year's Holy Hip Hop Awards will be held at Center Stage Arena (formerly known as Earthlink Live Arena) in downtown Atlanta, and be emceed by Eddie " Da Preachin Puerto Rican" Velez and rapper, singer and producer Erica Cumbo.

Ahead of the Jan. 16-17 gathering, there will be a Holy Hip Hop Summit on Jan. 15 at which a "State of the Movement" address will be made. Doors to the general public will be opened at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The event will be broadcast on JC-TV, an affiliate of Trinity Broadcasting Network that covers over 10 million homes.

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