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Gospel star Kirk Franklin received the Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award at the BET Awards Sunday night.

Hand-in-hand with his wife of 20 years, Tammy, a humble-looking Franklin took to the stage to accept his award after hearing his name announced in a field that included other talented artists such as Erica Campbell, Lecrae, Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, and Tamela Mann.

In a year that has seen multiple shootings and the deaths of legendary pop artist Prince and sports icon Muhammad Ali, Franklin told the audience: “I know these are very, very difficult days and we’ve had a lot of loss and a lot of hurt — and I want you to know that even when you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, often you find that God is the rock at the bottom.”

Franklin went on to say, ” … I’m going to keep telling the world that I believe that Jesus is still the light of the world.”

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