A tribute concert in Aretha Franklin’s memory is shaping up to be a star-studded event.
Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul will feature performances by Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA, according to the Recording Academy, which is producing the event.
Tyler Perry will host the special set to take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 13, 2019, nearly six months after the Queen of Soul’s death from pancreatic cancer in August.
Legendary record producer and longtime Franklin collaborator Clive Davis said in a statement about the tribute: “I am thrilled to have the Recording Academy and CBS as partners in this global tribute to my very dear friend Aretha Franklin.”
He added: “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.”
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, stated: “Aretha Franklin’s reign as the ‘Queen of Soul’ is incomparable and undisputed.”
He continued: “For more than six decades, her extraordinary artistic achievements coupled with her passionate dedication to her philanthropic work—which ranged from children’s and artists’ issues to civil rights activism—served as a testament to her power, majesty, and genius. These gifts positioned her as a true cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy.”
Tickets for Franklin’s tribute concert go on sale Dec. 31 at AXS.com, and the event will be televised on CBS sometime in 2019.