Gospel music siblings BeBe and CeCe Winans were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on May 5th. During the second annual GMA Honors ceremony, presented by the Gospel Music Association, the brother/sister duo were inducted. The Winans were part of a 2015 class that also included praise and worship music mainstay Twila Paris, songsmith and Gaither Vocal Band member Mark Lowry and former Word Entertainment CEO Roland Lundy.
The Winans smiled as they took the stage at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena to a standing ovation. "The exciting thing about singing gospel music is that it never gets old," CeCe Winans said. "Because God just gets greater and greater over the years ... the more things you go through, you get a chance to see him in a different way. I'm probably more excited now about singing the gospel than I've ever been."
BeBe (Benjamin) and CeCe (Priscilla) Winans are part of the gospel-singing Winans family that also includes the Winans, their four brothers. As a duo, BeBe & CeCe maintain the gospel message, although their records have the production values and style of contemporary R&B. They released their debut album, BeBe & CeCe Winans,
in 1987 and scored a moderate hit (number 49) on the R&B charts with the single "I.O.U. Me" scoring on the R&B and adult contemporary charts. This earned them three Grammy nominations and one award (gospel). Their second album, Heaven, came in 1988 and found them scoring three R&B hits with the title track, "Lost Without You," and "Celebrate Life." The album reached the R&B Top Ten (number 95 in the pop chart) and went gold. 1991's platinum-selling Different Lifestyles was their biggest hit yet, topping the R&B album chart and featuring the R&B number ones "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There."