The Divas Came Out for Aretha Franklin’s Tribute Concert

There could not have been any furs tossed around the stage, however the octaves had been out in full power on Sunday evening to honor our eternally supreme diva, Aretha Franklin, throughout CBS’s Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen 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 complete capability their lungs with performances from Franklin’s oeuvre — performances that CBS is barely releasing in brief clips — with the stand-out being Hudson’s equal elements sultry and soulful renditions “Ain’t No Way” and “Think.”

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