The Divas Came Out for Aretha Franklin’s Tribute Concert

There might not have been any furs tossed around the stage, however the octaves had been out in full pressure on Sunday night time to honor our eternally supreme diva, Aretha Franklin, throughout CBS’s Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul tribute. Aretha-in-training Jennifer Hudson and fellow divas Céline Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, SZA, Patti LaBelle, and Carrie Underwood all examined the total capability of their lungs with performances from Franklin’s oeuvre — performances that CBS is barely releasing briefly clips — with the stand-out being Hudson’s equal components sultry and soulful renditions of “Ain’t No Way” and “Think.”

Tyler Perry, the tribute’s host, additionally received to pepper in amusing anecdotes about Franklin all through the present, one in every of which recalled her penchant for comedy. “I received a name from her in the future saying, ‘This is Aretha Franklin.’ I’m like, ‘You’ve received to be kidding,’” he recalled. “She liked [my character] Madea … I didn't know what an enormous fan she was till she referred to as and simply advised me. That’s the type of beneficiant individual that she was. She would name you up and encourage you.” Dion, who carried out “A Change Is Gonna Come,” added how Franklin was one in every of her major musical influences. “You sing along with your coronary heart, however she has taught us that, after we imagine a lot, that it comes from deeper than the guts,” she said, “it comes from the soul.”