(The Root) — Over the weekend, world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities gathered to celebrate spiritual leader and faith-based entertainment mogul Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35-year career in ministry at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in Dallas. One of his surprise gifts: an appearance by Oprah, accompanied, of course, by Gayle.

Hosts Tyler Perry and CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien were among the A-list celebrities in the house, and the night included music performances from R&B artists Chaka Khan, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi, KEM, Kelly Price, gospel artists BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Mary Mary and jazz musicians Keiko Matsui and Kirk Whalum.

A couple of pictures from the event, courtesy of the Front Page Firm.

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