Aretha Franklin, the late Queen of Soul, shall be honored forward of the 2019 Grammy Awards.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, it was introduced that Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Céline Dion, and more are set to perform in a tribute live performance particular referred to as Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul early subsequent 12 months, E! News experiences.
Hosted by filmmaker Tyler Perry, different performers will embody the likes of Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Common, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA. The televised occasion, which can characteristic renditions of various Franklin’s largest hits, shall be offered by CBS, the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and Clive Davis.
As Jack Sussman, the CBS Exec VP of Specials, Music, and Live Events, launched in a press release, “This particular will rejoice Aretha Franklin’s quite a few accomplishments as an leisure icon, singer, songwriter, pianist, actress and civil rights activist” (by way of Variety). He added, “Aretha had an unbelievable impact on humanity and music together with her indomitable spirit and beauty. We look ahead to honoring this music legend with quite a few performers who all admire and respect the Queen of Soul.”
Meanwhile, Davis acknowledged, “Aretha was more than the Queen of Soul; she was a nationwide treasure. This distinctive live performance — that includes lots of immediately’s biggest artists — will rejoice Aretha in a spectacular method befitting her once-in-a-lifetime expertise.”
As Nicki Swift beforehand reported, Franklin died following a battle with pancreatic most cancers on Aug. 16, 2018. She was 76 years previous. Following her premature passing, various celebrities mourned the loss on social media — showcasing the simple and unforgettable mark her life and music left on the music trade.
At the time of this writing, the CBS air date for Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul has not but been revealed. However, in accordance to USA Today, the reside occasion shall be taped on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, on the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.