Kanye West to bring Sunday Service to controversial evangelical event

The rapper performs at Awaken 2020 in Tempe, Arizona this weekend, where anti-LGBTQ+ speakers are also booked

Kanye West is bringing his Sunday Service to a controversial evangelical event this weekend.

The rapper and his live band/gospel choir – who appeared on both his Jesus is King album and their own Christmas release Jesus is Born – have been booked to perform at Awaken 2020 in Tempe, Arizona at the Sun Devil Stadium this Saturday (January 18). 

A description of the event asks people to “open the door and enter into a new era, a new decade, of revival that is bringing a movement of signs and wonders, healing of the sick, and preaching of the gospel”. As outlets like the New York Daily News and LGBTQ Nation have noted out, West is also sharing the bill with a number of speakers who have expressed anti-LGBTQ+ views in the past.

One speaker, Lou Engle, supported Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill in 2011, preaching at a rally and prayer service against “homosexuality, witchcraft, and corruption”, as the Huffington Post reported at the time. He also compared gay rights in America to Nazi Germany. 

Speaking to The Western Journal, Engle said, “we believe Kanye is a sign to this nation that in a moment, thousands and thousands can be swept into the kingdom when (God) converts key people and their voices will be like thunder”.

Another speaker is Cindy Jacobs, who last year declared that Christians would “rise up” to stop the Equality Act from being passed.

West previously performed at televangelist Joel Osteen’s megachurch with the Sunday Service.