Aretha Franklin hon­ored with star-stud­ded trib­ute con­cert

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The late Aretha Franklin’s songs were so im­pact­ful that some of mu­sic’s bests from Ali­cia Keys to Ce­line Dion took the stage Sun­day to re­live the Queen of Soul’s big­gest hits in a taped trib­ute con­cert.

Ev­ery ren­di­tion of Franklin’s songs from “Re­spect” to “I Say a Lit­tle Prayer” brought au­di­ence mem­bers to their feet at the “Aretha! A Grammy Cel­e­bra­tion For The Queen Of Soul” on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les. A mon­tage of Franklin was shown through­out the show in­clud­ing one with on­screen quotes pay­ing homage to her from for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Bar­bra Streisand, Wil­lie Nel­son and Tony Ben­nett.

Franklin died at the age of 76 from pan­cre­atic can­cer in Detroit. Some of her fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing her grand­son who spoke at her funeral were in at­ten­dance at the trib­ute, which was hosted by film­maker and ac­tor Tyler Perry.

Jennifer Hud­son, who will star in Franklin’s biopic, kicked off the trib­ute that will air March 10 on CBS. The “Dream­girls” ac­tress set the tone for an en­er­getic night per­form­ing “Think” while wear­ing a stun­ning white dress.

“I’m blessed to be here,” said Keys, who sang while play­ing the pi­ano be­fore she in­tro­duced SZA as the two per­formed a duet of “Day Dream­ing.”

Ce­line Dion re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion be­fore she per­formed Franklin’s ver­sion of “A Change is Gonna Come,” which was orig­i­nally made by Sam Cooke. Patti La­Belle’s voice soared on “Call Me” with a house band led by mu­sic di­rec­tor Rickey Mi­nor, as many through­out the crowd yelled out “en­core” af­ter she fin­ished.

The trib­ute was put on by the Record­ing Academy and mu­sic mogul Clive Davis, who told the crowd “There will never ever be an­other Aretha Franklin.”

Other per­form­ers in­cluded Shirley Cae­sar, Kelly Clark­son, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., John Leg­end and BeBe Wi­nans.

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