Back in August, the likes of Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and Faith Hill paid tribute to Aretha Franklin at her funeral. On Sunday, January 13 an equally star-studded roster will honor the late Queen of Soul for an upcoming CBS special.
“This special will celebrate Aretha Franklin’s numerous accomplishments as an entertainment icon, singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, and civil rights activist,” CBS Entertainment’s Jack Sussman said in a statement. “Aretha had an incredible effect on humanity and music with her indomitable spirit and grace. We look forward to honoring this music legend with numerous performers who all admire and respect the Queen of Soul.”
Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration for the Queen of Soul will be taped at the Shrine Auditorium in January but will be broadcast at a later date. Those enlisted to perform include Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, John Legend, Common, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Patti LaBelle, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe and SZA.
Fingers crossed the tribute will feature some of the above acts joining forces for unforgettable duets. I’d love to see a Clarkson, Hudson and Dion trio tour de force. Don’t you agree?