“Aretha” A Grammy Celebration For The Queen Of Soul

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Last Night, CBS aired the taping of a celebration for the legendary Aretha FranklinTyler 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 FranklinAfter 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. 

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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. 

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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.

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