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BMI Honors Gospel's Greats

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This weekend, gospel music is taking over Nashville. Friday, BMI  named Edwin Hawkins, Lady Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr as Trailblazers of gospel music.

Their songs billow from church pews every Sunday. Beyond the melodies, the words that have touched lives, maybe even changed them. During the awards luncheon gospel artists paid tribute to the honorees, by singing the songs they made famous.

"I grew up listening to these artists," artist Isaac Carree said. "I'm so excited."

Edwin Hawkins is the force behind gospel hit "Oh Happy Day," that went mainstream after it was featured in the movie Sister Act 2.

Slideshow: BMI Trailblazers

"For me to be chosen to be honored today is a real thrill for me," Hawkins said.

Lady Tramaine Hawkins, lended her voice to that project, and is also known for songs "Goin' Up Yonder" and "Highway."

"That's what I'm here for today. I'm here for Tramaine," gospel great Yolanda Adams said.

Kurt Carr's songs are staples in churches all across the country. They include "For Every Mountain" and "Peace and Favor Rest on Us."

"Wow, it's hard for that to sink in because I feel like there's so much more for me to do," he explained.

Together, their music has inspired generations.

"I'm really excited about this particular event because we get an opportunity to celebrate those individuals who have literally laid the path for all of us," artist Smokie Norful said.

For a career that's been about honoring the gospel through music, this day is all about them.


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