Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson And More To Perform In Aretha Franklin’s Grammy Tribute Special

January 13, 2019  |  

Aretha Franklin Live In Concert

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The R&B world lost an icon when Aretha Franklin died, and the singers left behind are not done paying tribute to the Queen of Soul. Today, (Jan. 13) a tribute to Aretha Franklin was taped with a star-studded line-up performing her greatest hits, the NY Daily News reports.

“Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” took place at the  Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. Performers included Alicia Keys, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, SZA, H.E.R, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams and more.  Jennifer Hudson, who will play the lead in Franklin’s biopic, will also be performing.

“I am thrilled to have the Recording Academy and CBS as partners in this global tribute to my very dear friend Aretha Franklin,” legendary record producer Clive Davis said in a statement. “Aretha was more than the Queen of Soul; she was a national treasure. This unique concert — featuring many of today’s greatest artists — will celebrate Aretha in a spectacular manner befitting her once-in-a-lifetime talent.”

While Franklin was alive, the Grammys made sure to give her her roses while she was here, awarding her the Grammy Legend Award in 1991. Through her career, she had 44 nominations and snagged 18 Grammys.

Tyler Perry served as the host for the evening. “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” will air on CBS at a later date.

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