Music stars have gathered together to celebrate the life and legacy of the one and only Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
The GRAMMY tribute for the legendary singer was taped way back in January. And on Sunday (March 10) night, audiences finally got to see the star-studded tribute Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul.
Check out who sang what at last night’s tribute:
Jennifer Hudson opened the show with flawless renditions of the late singer’s hits – “Think” and “Respect.”
Alicia Keys and SZA dazzled the crowds with a jaw-dropping medley of “Spirit in the Dark,” “Day Dreaming,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.”
Carrie Underwood shone under the spotilight with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).”
Celine Dion gave a powerful performance of “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
John Legend paid tribute to Aretha with a cover of the 1970 Simon & Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
And sitting in front of the grand piano, John shared a few words remembering the Queen of Soul:
“Tonight I am honored to salute the queen by singing a song on which she demonstrated her genius as an interpretive singer, musician and arranger. Now, Paul Simon has said this is one of the best covers ever of one of his songs, so we’re gonna cover her cover version tonight. Thank you, Aretha, for your example of what it means to be a true singer, a true artist, who offered us all a bridge over troubled waters.”
Black Panther star Angela Basset shared a few words about the singer as she spoke on stage.
The tribute also featured performance from Janelle Monae – “Rock Steady”; H.E.R. – “I Say a Little Prayer”; and Patti LaBelle – who sang “I Dreamed a Dream,” and “Call Me”; and more.
Alessia Cara, Fantasia, Brandi Carlile, Andra Day came together for the final performance of the evening with an amazing rendition of Aretha’s most-celebrated female anthem, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
It was a night filled with epic numbers from many of the music industry’s best vocalists. The tribute was hosted by Tyler Perry.
Aretha passed away on August 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit, Michigan surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 76.
It’s been seven months since the world lost the Queen of Soul to cancer. But her legacy will continue to live on through her music.