If you thought Aretha Franklin’s 8-hour funeral was sufficient enough to say farewell to the beloved Queen of Soul, then you must not know how things are done around here.
A “historic CBS tribute” is set to tape at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. on January 13 with performances by some of your favorite Grammy winners and this year’s nominated artists brought to you by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy.
“Aretha! A Grammy Celebration For The Queen of Soul” will be hosted by Tyler Perry and will include performances by a line-up of divas and divas-in-training including Céline Dion, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, SZA, Alessia Cara, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, and H.E.R.
I hope the Shrine Auditorium has good insurance on that roof because it’s about to be destroyed.
John Legend, Common, and BeBe Winans are also scheduled to tribute Franklin.
Franklin died at 76 of cancer in August and was honored with an elaborate home-going service that included everyone from Faith Hill and Ariana Grande to Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. This tapped tribute concert will air at a future date on CBS.
There’s still no word on who will perform Franklin’s tribute at the Grammy’s 61st ceremony. Hopefully, it’s someone with more than just beautiful gowns.