Published on January 2nd, 2019 | by Inspirations with Liz Black
Tyler Perry to Host Aretha Franklin Tribute Special for CBS
Tyler Perry and the Recording Academy are set to bring a televised tribute to Aretha Franklin this year. “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” will honor the legend, her voice and her body of work with performances by Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, SZA, Janelle Monae, Celine Dione, Chloe x Halle, Kelly Clarkson, H.E.R., Patti Labelle, Bebe Winans, Common, Brandi Carlile, Alicia Keys and Alessia Cara.
“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,” said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. “Our hope is that we will be able to share 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.”
Clive Davis added: “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.”
The live concert will be taped Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at 6 PM PT at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The special, hosted by Perry, will be broadcast later in 2019 on the CBS network.