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There could not have been any furs tossed around the stage, however the octaves had been out in full power on Sunday night time to honor our eternally supreme diva, Aretha Franklin, throughout CBS’s Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul tribute. Aretha-in-training Jennifer Hudson and fellow divas Céline Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, SZA, Patti LaBelle, and Carrie Underwood all examined the total capability of their lungs with performances from Franklin’s oeuvre — performances that CBS is simply releasing briefly clips — with the stand-out being Hudson’s equal components sultry and soulful renditions of “Ain’t No Way” and “Think.”

Tyler Perry, the tribute’s host, additionally obtained to pepper in amusing anecdotes about Franklin all through the present, one in every of which recalled her penchant for comedy. “I obtained a name from her in the future saying, ‘This is Aretha Franklin.’ I’m like, ‘You’ve obtained to be kidding,’” he recalled. “She cherished [my character] Madea … I didn’t know what an enormous fan she was till she known as and simply advised me. That’s the type of beneficiant person who she was. She would name you up and encourage you.” Dion, who carried out “A Change Is Gonna Come,” added how Franklin was one in every of her main musical influences. “You sing together with your coronary heart, however she has taught us that, after we imagine a lot, that it comes from deeper than the guts,” she said, “it comes from the soul.”

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