Aretha Franklin is celebrated with tribute concert from Celine Dion, John Legend and more

11 March 2019, 14:55 | Updated: 11 March 2019, 17:07

By Tom Eames

Aretha Franklin was honoured with a special Grammys tribute concert this weekend.

Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Celine Dion were among the singers who took part in the Aretha Franklin tribute show Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul, which aired on CBS in the US on Sunday (March 10).

Alicia Keys, Smokey Robinson, Patti Labelle and Kelly Clarkson also appeared to pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul in the special event, hosted by actor Tyler Perry.

The concert was filmed in front of 5,500 people back on January 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, less than five months after Aretha's death at the age of 76 on August 19, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Producer Clive Davis, one of the show's producers, said in December that "this unique concert - featuring many of today's greatest artists - will celebrate Aretha in a spectacular manner befitting her once-in-a-lifetime talent."

Davis had originally created the show as a tribute to Aretha while she was alive, and it would have been held in New York.

Host Perry said that "the only thing she would have regretted is not being up there to out-sing everybody and show them how it really goes.

"In our lifetime, there will never be another voice like her. Who knows if there will ever be another woman who will endure as much as she did, to sing the way she did, and conquer every genre of music."

John Legend and Celine Dion perform at the Aretha Franklin Grammys Tribute show
John Legend and Celine Dion perform at the Aretha Franklin Grammys Tribute show. Picture: Getty

The full setlist was:

Jennifer Hudson - Think, Aint No Way, Respect medley
Kelly Clarkson - I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
Janelle Monáe - Rock Steady
Alicia Keys and SZA - Spirit in the Dark, Day Dreaming, Youre All I Need to Get By
Celine Dion - A Change Is Gonna Come
H.E.R. - I Say a Little Prayer
Rob Thomas and Fantasia - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Yolanda Adams and Common - To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Chloe X Halle - Sisters Are Doin It for Themselves
Patti LaBelle - I Dreamed a Dream, Call Me
Alessia Cara - Until You Come Back to Me (Thats What Im Gonna Do)
Brandi Carlile - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Andra Day - Chain of Fools, Freeway of Love Medley
Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Bebe Winans - Never Grow Old, Mary Dont You Weep, What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Ensemble - How I Got Over Medley
John Legend - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Ensemble - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Finale

Performer Jennifer Hudson is currently filming a biopic in which she is playing Aretha Franklin, titled Respect.

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