Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans to headline efficiency
The 2018 American Music Awards (AMAs) will air an all-star lineup soul and gospel legends who will come collectively to pay homage to the Queen Soul, Aretha Franklin. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, mates the late, luminary singer/songwriter, will take the AMAs stage for a transferring tribute honoring Franklin’s gospel roots and iconic gospel album, Amazing Grace. Consulting Producer for the tribute is the Emmy Award successful music director, composer and producer, Rickey Minor. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2018 American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards present, will broadcast dwell from the Microst Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October ninth at eight pm ET on ABC.
“We wish to specific our honest gratitude to the American Music Awards, Dick Clark Productions and American Music Awards’ producer, Larry Klein, for honoring Aretha Franklin with a musical tribute for this yr’s broadcast,” states Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and executor the Aretha Franklin Estate. “Throughout its 46-year historical past, the American Music Awards has continued to face by the music and honor the most effective in expertise and the best in in style music tradition. When I heard some the preliminary concepts for the tribute, I knew unquestionably that this tribute will go down as one the most effective in American music.” Owens provides, “We nonetheless bear in mind when Aretha gained her first American Music Award in 1976 for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B, and all through the years, she went on to win 5 extra awards and we’ll always remember when she hosted the present; in addition to her memorable performances. Dick Clark helped to revolutionize American music, and alongside the way in which, Aretha Franklin was half that revolution.”
“It’s a blessing to be an element this transferring musical tribute to honor our late queen and sister, Aretha,” says Gladys Knight. “She was an icon and visionary, radiated gentle and love by way of all her life’s work, and touched all us by way of her unimaginable reward music.”
“Aretha was the voice a era,” remembers music director, composer and producer, Rickey Minor. “She transcended racial limitations by reaching into the depths her soul and taking us on a journey with each word she sang. Her spirit will dwell without end in her music.”
One essentially the most iconic voices in music historical past, Franklin accrued six American Music Awards in her lifetime, together with Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B (1976, 1977, 1984 and 1986), Favorite Female Video Artist – Soul/R&B (1986) and Favorite Album – Soul/R&B (1983). She served as host , and carried out on, the AMAs in 1976 and 1983, and final carried out on the AMAs stage in 1986. Franklin left a powerful mark on the music world and past, additionally garnering an induction into the Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues Halls Fame, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Presidential Medal Freedom and by using her voice for social points together with civil and ladies’s rights.
Franklin handed away on August 16th on the age 76 from pancreatic most cancers. The singer introduced her retirement final yr stating she wouldn’t carry out after 2017. Her remaining efficiency was on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. Her final public efficiency was at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August 2017 throughout which she was combating exhaustion and dehydration.