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Shirley Caesar and CeCe Winans, both award-winning gospel singers with distinctly anointed

voices and beautiful smiles, have fallen victim to a huge Grammy Awards flub.

During the pre-edited Lifetime Achievement Awards segment, which aired during the live

televised event, Winans was mistaken for Caesar in the video montage—a huge blunder the

“Alabaster Box” singer is taking in stride.

“You can’t mistake Shirley Caesar’s beauty or voice!” tweeted Winans, 52, paying homage to the

legendary Caesar, 78, who received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys

this year.

Unfortunately, her shining moment was overshadowed by the poorly edited visual tribute, which,

also spelled the honoree’s  last name wrong—mistakenly typing out Caeser instead of Caesar

CeCe Winans mistaken for Shirley Caesar during the Lifetime Achievement Awards segment during the live airing of the 59th annual Grammy Awards (Photo Credit: EEW Magazine/Screen Capture)

Many Internet users and fans of gospel music blasted the Recording Academy for both errors.

But the always classy and sweet 10-time Grammy-winning Winans, whose latest album Let Them

Fall In Love just debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, is spreading positivity

by taking this opportunity to pour love on Caesar.

“Thank you for a lifetime of blessings! I adore you,” she wrote, acknowledging the 11-time

Grammy winner whose career spans decades.

Caesar’s hit “Hold My Mule,” featuring Albertina Walker and Milton Brunson, which was first

released in 1988, got new life in 2016 when a remix of it sparked the viral #UNameIt Challenge.

It soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and was streamed millions of times

according to Nielsen music.

Despite the uproar and backlash over the mix-up, Caesar still received her special award, about

which Winans said, “Congrats on the well-deserved Grammy!”

source: Jessica Prince // EEW Magazine Gospel News


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