Aretha Franklin Tribute Special Hosted By Tyler Perry
Aretha Franklin concert tribute will be hosted by filmmaker Tyler Perry and will air as a special next year on CBS – Aretha is seen here performing onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City – Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images North America.
Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul will be taped Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium. Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe and SZA are among the performers set to take part. Filmmaker Tyler Perry is set to host this concert tribute to Aretha Franklin that will air as a special next year on CBS, according to a report by Cynthia Littleton of the very well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Aretha Franklin, an 18-time Grammy winner, died in August at age 76. Aretha! is a joint effort of CBS, the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and music mogul Clive Davis.
“This special will celebrate Aretha Franklin’s numerous accomplishments as an entertainment icon, singer, songwriter, pianist, actress and civil rights activist,” said Jack Sussman, CBS’ exec VP of specials, music and live events. “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.”
Ken Ehrlich, who is exec producing the special about Aretha Franklin with Davis, said the focus will be on highlighting “the remarkable musical and cultural accomplishments of the Queen of Soul 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 amazing musical heritage.”
Added Davis: “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.”