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June 25, 2019

Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Alicia Keys and more to sing at Aretha Franklin Grammy tribute concert

January 13, 2019
The concert will take place Sunday in Los Angeles and will eventually air on CBS. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

A number of stars, including Smokey Robinson, John Legend and Alicia Keys, will align Sunday as part of a tribute concert for the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

“Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” is set to take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with host Tyler Perry, and will air on CBS at a later date.


The lineup, as announced last month by the Recording Academy, also includes Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common and BeBe Winans.

Artists who have been nominated for Grammys this year will also perform, including SZA, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R. and Janelle Monae.

“I am thrilled to have the Recording Academy and CBS as partners in this global tribute to my very dear friend Aretha Franklin,” Clive Davis said in a statement. “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.”

Franklin won a whopping 18 Grammys – including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991 – throughout her decades-long career, and notched 44 nominations.

The “Respect” hit-maker died Aug. 16 in Detroit at 76. Her star-studded funeral featured performances from Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande.

The Recording Academy has hosted similar tribute concerts in the past for stars like Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles.

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