Thousands wait for hours at Miami church for glimpse of Kanye West

MIAMI (WSVN) - Thousands of people waited on Kanye West for hours after a church in Miami announced the artist would be in attendance.

7News cameras captured the massive turnout outside and inside VOUS Church along Northwest Second Avenue, near 62nd Street, late Sunday night.

Church officials said thousands of people showed up and were seated in the church. An overflow crowd watched the service on a big screen in the church’s courtyard.

Not long after VOUS Church announced on social media that West was going to stop by, massive crowds showed up to the house of worship, waiting to catch a glimpse of the superstar, who is a born-again Christian.

That wait took longer than anticipated. Church officials said West would arrive by 6 p.m., but he showed up hours later, just after 10 p.m.

Police were caught off guard. Officers showed up and closed roads to vehicles as they worked to maintain crowd control.

Earlier Sunday morning, West debuted his new opera “Mary” at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key, one day after he’d announced it during Art Basel.

The 42-year-old made headlines in November after performing songs off his latest album, “Jesus is King,” on stage at Pastor Joel Osteen’s mega church in Houston, Texas.

The gospel album topped the Christian charts for weeks after its release.

It remains unclear where Kanye will surprise fans next.

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