Kanye West to Team Up With Joel Osteen for 2020 ‘America’s Night of Hope’ at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK — Rapper-turned-gospel artist Kanye West will perform at Joel and Victoria Osteen’s “America’s Night of Hope” at Yankee Stadium in May 2020.
TMZ reports that Osteen will deliver a message and West and his choir will provide the music at the 54,000-plus seat stadium. The event will be held on May 2, and details are still being ironed out.
Lakewood confirmed the report with Christian News Network on Thursday. It will be Osteen’s third appearance and West’s first.
West recently appeared at Lakewood Church, as he spoke to attendees of the 11 a.m. service, explaining his journey, his upbringing, and his desire to record a gospel album. He also defended Osteen to a standing ovation.
“There’s a lot of people in the Christian community that try to give Joel a hard time because when you turn on the radio, he keeps on showing you how good God is,” West said to much applause, with many standing to their feet. “God is not the enemy. God is not the negative part. God is not just the perception of fire and brimstone.”
“God is love, is the greatest, is the glory,” he continued. “God is family. God is friendship. God is prosperity. … Keep your eye on the beauty and the love and the grace of God. The grace that allows us to be here today with all of our sins. We know that when we accept Jesus as our lord and savior, we will be granted eternal life.”
Osteen, smiling, quipped in response, “That’s so good. I love that. When you’ve got Kanye defending you, you’ve made it, man.”
West and his choir also performed at the 7 p.m. young adult service, packing out the 16,000 seat facility.
The Grammy award winner, previously known for profane and/or blasphemous songs such as “I Am a God,” “I Love It,” “All Mine” and “Monster,” presented songs from his new album “Jesus Is King,” such as “Follow God,” “God Is,” “Closed on Sunday,” as well as a sanitized version of “Jesus Walks” from his 2004 album “The College Dropout.”
West has been holding weekly “Sunday Service” gatherings across the country, featuring various speakers from Hillsong New York’s hipster pastor Carl Lentz to Los Angeles-area preacher Adam Tyson, a graduate of John McArthur’s Master’s Seminary. McArthur has expressed concern over Osteen’s lack of teaching on sin and holiness, presenting man-centered messages about making positive confessions over one’s life that are more akin to the New Age “Law of Attraction.”
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.