5 of the best tributes to Aretha Franklin sung by Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, …
24 Aug 2021, 09:20
Aretha Franklin had an iconic voice and created some of the most poignant and memorable music of all time.
Aretha franklin influenced many of our favorite singers thanks to her originality and progressive music. It has also nurtured, supported and inspired a new generation of young musical talent.
Many artists have taken Aretha’s songs and paid tribute to her. Here are five of the best performances dedicated to Aretha, her music and her legacy.
Patti La Belle
In 1993, music legend Patti LaBelle took a moment to pay tribute to her friend Aretha Franklin. She sang one of Aretha’s greatest hits titled “Ain’t No Way” live at a show. Patti was attending and performing at the Essence Awards.
During an interview in 2019, Patti brought up Aretha’s passing and described her as her “hero”.
“Oh my God, one of my best friends in life, I admired her. She was like my hero, the best singer in the world of all time,” Patti explained, speaking to Robin Roberts on Hello america.
Celine Dion paid exceptional tribute to Aretha at a special TV event titled Aretha! A Grammy celebration for the queen of soul. Céline performed Aretha’s version of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’.
The event was a one-off special that highlighted the impact of Aretha’s music and career. It was hosted by actor Tyler Perry. There were also appearances from artists such as Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Shirley Caesar.
Ariana Grande and the roots
Shortly after Aretha passed away in August 2018, Ariana Grande appeared on Tonight’s show with Jimmy Fallom. Ariana paid a thoughtful tribute to Aretha with The Roots. She sang Aretha’s 1968 hit song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”.
Ariana also spoke to host Jimmy Fallon about her memories of meeting Aretha and also recalled the one time Aretha called her.
Aretha wanted Ariana to hear music from one of her family members. Ariana suggested that Aretha text her but Aretha didn’t like texting people. Ariana said that a few months later she received a physical copy of the music in a package.
Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Florence Welch and Martina McBride
In an incredibly rare performance, five great artists have teamed up to perform a mix of Aretha’s greatest hits. This included “Think”, “Respect”, “Spirit in the Dark” and “Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves”.
The artists who paid the tribute were Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Florence Welch and Martina McBride
LL Cool J presented the performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards and said, “Aretha is at home tonight in Detroit getting better. So until our queen comes back to us, some of our most musical princesses. talented girls come together to show their common RESPECT for Aretha.
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys also covered one of Aretha’s songs during an interview with Nicki Minaj. Alicia sang ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ and played the song on her keyboard.
Alicia and Aretha also shared a mentor – music producer Clive Davis has helped both women throughout their careers. During one of his vlogs, Alicia spoke with Clive d’Arretha and her impact.