“Aretha” A Grammy Celebration For The Queen Of Soul
Last Night, CBS aired the taping of a celebration for the legendary Aretha Franklin. Tyler Perry hosted the celebrity filled ceremony held in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. This was a tribute to the late queen of soul Aretha Franklin. After her devastating passing in August 2018 Aretha’s memory still lives on. Jennifer Hudson opened the show singing a medley of Aretha Franklin songs. Following Jennifer’s grand performance, Grammy-winner Alicia Keys and SZA collaborated on a few of Aretha’s hit songs such as “You’re All I Need To Get By”. Janelle Monae sang “Rock Steady,” Andra Day performed “Pink Cadillac,” and Kelly Clarkson also made an appearance.
The beautiful and iconic Celine Dion hit the stage in a black and yellow gown to sing a “A Change Is Gonna Come”. John Legend, AlessiaCara, Fantasia, Yolonda Adams and Common where also there to help celebrate the Queen of Soul. Five-time Grammy nominee and winner H.E.R. performed “Say A Little Pray For You”.
As the night went on more performances, more laughs and more memories shared by ones who knew Aretha best including a Motown great Smokey Robinson who shared a few kind words about the singer.
Patti LaBelle, Yolonda Adams, BeBe Winans and Shirley Caesar ended the show on a high note giving praise and being grateful for all that Franklin has done in music.In the words of Ken Ehrlich “You have to be a singer to sing an Aretha Franklin song,” and this was definitely a true statement last night after hearing all those amazingly talented artists sing tributes to a late great legend.