CBS will honor Aretha Franklin with an all-star tribute, fitting for the Queen of Soul, next month. It’s called “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul,” and the network will pay homage to Franklyn’s amazing life and legacy though a slew of performances, hosted by Tyler Perry.
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The tribute, which will tape on January 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, will include appearances from Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle and BeBe Winans as well as current Grammy nominees Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe and SZA.


Legendary music executive Clive Davis said he is excited to part of this once-in-a-lifetime show. “I am thrilled to have the Recording Academy and CBS as partners in this global tribute to my very dear friend Aretha Franklin,” 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.” Franklin passed away back in August from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Thousands of fans trekked to Detroit to pay tribute to the iconic singer for over a week before she was laid to rest after an epic nine-hour funeral.


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