Brother-sister duo BeBe & CeCe Winans have made a lasting impact on America’s soundtrack. The siblings hail from the Gospel dynasty, The Winans. Together or with their individual successes, it’s clear to see why the multi- GRAMMY, Dove Award winners are being honored at this year’s 3rd Annual Black Music Honors. They will be awarded the Gospel Music Icon Award.
African American Christian Crossover Artists
BeBe and CeCe Winans are hailed as the first true Christian crossover artists to hit the mainstream by taking their message and reaching audiences across various genres. Together they have nine successful gold and platinum recordings.
Benjamin, “BeBe” Winans is the seventh child and youngest male of the Detroit Gospel family. The inspirational singer, songwriter, and producer has earned numerous awards, penned hits for other artists, and released his own solo projects. He also honed his acting skills starring in The Manchurian Candidate, and Broadway’s The Color Purple. He currently serves as Executive Music Producer for the OWN Network’s “Greenleaf,” and hosts his own radio show on the Sirius XM on Sunday Mornings. He released seven solo albums featuring appearances from artists like Stevie Wonder on the single “Jesus Children of America.” He recorded “Ain’t No Need to Worry” with Anita Baker and “Coming Back Home” featuring Joe and Brian McKnight.
Most Awarded Female Gospel Artist
Priscilla, “CeCe” Winans is one of the best selling and most awarded female gospel artist of all time. Winans has been awarded 12 GRAMMYs, 22 Dove Awards, 7 Stellar Awards, and multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards and more over the course of her career. She has topped the Gospel charts repeatedly along with her crossover hits with hits like “Count on Me” her duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum Waiting to Exhale soundtrack.
She also has an acting resume with appearances on shows like “7th Heaven” and “Doc.” She also serves as a National Museum of African American Music National Chair.
The duo first began crossing lines as the “adopted children” of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on the PTL Club television show. While working on the show, the siblings recorded their first album, Lord Lift Us Up for PTL Records that was released in 1984 that featured songs like “Up Where We Belong”.
In 1987, the Winans left PTL and released their first album on Sparrow/Capitol Records, BeBe & CeCe Winans giving them their first crossover hit, “I.O.U. Me.”
Their first tour, on which Whitney Houston proclaimed herself their “sister” and sang background for the siblings, set the foundation for their long-standing career.
They went on to record hits like “Addictive Love,” “Lost Without You,” and “Feels Like Heaven (With You).”
The duo ventured out to pursue solo careers in the mid-90s. CeCe continued the use of contemporary styles on her albums, including a hip hop influenced project that featured production by Lauryn Hill.
Later efforts were modern, inspirational, meditative praise and worship songs. After a break from recording, Winans started Nashville Life Church with her husband. In 2017, she released her album, Let Them Fall in Love.
Gospel Music Icon Award
The siblings are the first brother and sister to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The impact of BeBe and CeCe Winans’ contributions to the American soundtrack continues to transcend multiple genres with their brand of popular inspirational music.