“Aretha set the bar.”
The quote by celebrated music producer Quincy Jones fully encapsulates the legacy that the late Aretha Franklin left. The Queen of Soul passed away on August 15 last year from pancreatic cancer, and a multitude of inspired singers gathered to relive her biggest hits in a tribute concert.
Held in Los Angeles, “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” gathered artists like John Legend, H.E.R, Alicia Keys, and Celine Dion to honor Franklin. A montage of the soul singer was shown throughout the concert alongside quotes by Barack Obama, Barbra Streisand, and Tony Bennett.
Standing ovations went all around as artists performed the beloved songs of Aretha Franklin. Keys played the piano in a “Day Dreaming” duet with SZA, while Dion and Patti LaBelle roused the crowd with their versions of ” A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Call Me”, respectively.
Yolanda Adams sang “Young, Gifted, and Black” and was joined by Common, who inserted politically-charged rap lyrics into the 47-year old song. Franklin’s probably most well-known song “Natural Woman” was performed by Fantasia, Andra Day, Brandi Carlile and Alessia Cara.
Later this year, an Aretha Franklin biopic entitled Respect will be released starring American Idol and Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson. Hudson was present at the tribute concert, performing Franklin’s song “Think”. Clive Davis, the music mogul who held the show, aptly put everyone’s thoughts into words, “”There will never ever be another Aretha Franklin.”
Take a look at one of Franklin’s last performances before she passed away below; Quincy Jones was right, Aretha truly set the bar.
Story from AP