We lost a LEGEND earlier this year, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin! Her legacy will live on indeed and the Grammy’s intends on CELEBRATING her like she should be celebrated.
Coming in 2019, the Grammys has announced an ALL-STAR Tribute show in her honor. Some of the PERFORMERS have been announced and they include:
Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and BeBe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA.
Tyler Perry will HOST and the SHOW will take place at the Shrine AUditorium in Los Angeles. The show will mix it up with soul singing VETERANS and up an coming new stars–all have been TOUCHED by Aretha’s MAGINIGICENT LIGHT!
More performers will be announced later and the show will air at the TOP of 2019.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy had this to say about Aretha:
“Aretha Franklin’s reign as the Queen of Soul is incomparable and undisputed. For more than six decades, her extraordinary artistic achievements coupled with her passionate dedication to her philanthropic work—which ranged from children’s and artists’ issues to civil rights activism—served as a testament to her power, majesty, and genius. These gifts positioned her as a true cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy.”
Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of of the special, added:
“We’re approaching this show with extremely mixed feelings of sadness and joy, two qualities that over my 37 years of working with Aretha were often present. Our hope is that we will be able to share her remarkable musical and cultural accomplishments through her own words and music as well as through the performances of an amazing group of musical artists who will gather to celebrate her rich musical heritage.”
And of course this show could not go on without words from LONG TIME Aretha Franklin collaborator and friend, Clive Davis:
“I am thrilled to have the Recording Academy and CBS as partners in this global tribute to my very dear friend Aretha Franklin.
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.”
Let’s HOPE they add Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and a few more to the BILL, right!??