Aretha Franklin tribute concert is given the go ahead later this year

15 August 2018, 12:30

Aretha Franklin
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By Tom Eames

Stars are being lined up for a tribute concert in honour of the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin is said to be "seriously ill" at her home in Detroit.

Record chief Clive Davis, who signed Aretha to Arista Records in 1980, is organising the event at New York's Madison Square Garden in November, according to Billboard.

Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, will feature famous acts performing covers of Aretha's biggest hits, including 'Respect', 'I Say a Little Prayer', 'Think' and '(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman'.

However, no further details including which acts will perform have been revealed yet.

Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis
Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis. Picture: Getty

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Aretha's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told Associated Press that the 76-year-old has been visited by family and friends, including Stevie Wonder, Reverend Jesse Jackson and her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman.

Quinn, speaking on behalf of her family, said: “The love she has for her family is above reproach and was evident in the warm smiles she was able to share with her nephew during his very brief visit two weeks ago.

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"She is seriously ill and surrounded by family members who appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received."

Stars including Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, and Chaka Khan have also given their well wishes to the soul icon.