Gladys Knight Will Lead The Aretha Franklin Tribute At The 2018 American Music Awards

September 30, 2018  |  

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: Gladys Knight headlines and performs during BBC Proms in the Park at Hyde Park on September 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)

Aretha Franklin will be receiving a grand tribute at the American Music Awards, which be led by her friend and fellow R&B and soul great, Gladys Knight.

The Associated Press reports that Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will also be alongside Knight for the Queen of Soul’s tribute.

“When I heard some of the initial ideas for the tribute, I knew without a doubt that this tribute will go down as one of the best in American music,” Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, told the AP.

The tribute will reportedly focus on Franklin’s gospel career and her 1972 album, Amazing Grace. 

Franklin died in August from pancreatic cancer. She was 76-years-old.

The Queen of Soul has more tributes to come on and off the stage. After her two-day farewell at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the museum opened an exhibit entitled “THINK” last week that features videos of her performances, photographs and the stunning Christian Louboutin red shoes she wore at her public viewing for her fans. The exhibit will be open until January 21st, 2019.

The American Music Awards will air live on October 9th on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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