It appears that Kim Burrell went a little too far with her anti=gay remarks during a recent sermon that went viral where she called homosexuality “perverted.” Not only was she disinvited to appear on the Ellen Show with Pharrell, Kim Burrell will not take part in next weekend’s BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors, the performance rights organization announced on Friday (Jan. 6).
And, to top it all off, Kim Burrell Radio show has been canceled from Texas Southern University’s KTSU radio station.
In a statement, BMI announced Burrell’s removal from the ceremony scheduled for Jan. 14:
“BMI’s Trailblazers of Gospel Music is an annual celebration of gospel music and its many talented songwriters. Given the controversy surrounding this year’s co-honoree Kim Burrell, we have asked her to not take part in the ceremony to allow the focus to remain on the songwriters and their music. BMI has 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.”
BMI further clarified the statement to Billboard to explain Burrell is no longer being honored, in addition to being pulled from the ceremony.
Pharrell Williams did appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Jan. 5, 2017 where he and Ellen discussed Kim Burrell’s Anti-Gay remarks noting:
“There’s No Room for Prejudice in 2017”