Published on September 28th, 2018 | by Nicole Vear
Aretha Franklin to Be Honored With a Gospel Tribute at the American Music awards
As award season continues to stride, it is apropos to assume tributes and performances to take place in honor of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Since Aretha’s passing, there have been a few televised events, some receptive and others, left audiences unsatiated. The recent announcement of The American Music Awards upcoming tribute brings hope to television audiences.
The 2018 American Music Awards is set to honor Aretha in a tribute medley honoring Aretha’s gospel roots and her historic album “Amazing Grace”. The tribute will fittingly include artists who are known for their soul and gospel sound. Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Cece Winans, Gladys Knight who sung at Aretha’s funeral and Ledisi who performed a tribute to Aretha at Black Girls Rock award show will lend their voices to the tribute. Emmy award-winning music director, composer and producer Ricky Minor will be the consulting producer for the performance. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the “2018 American Music Awards,” the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, on ABC.
“One of the most iconic voices in music history, Franklin accumulated six AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS in her lifetime, including 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 of and performed on the AMAs in 1976 and 1983, and last performed on the AMAs stage in 1986. Franklin left a resounding mark on the music world and beyond, also garnering an induction into the Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues Halls of Fame, a KENNEDY Center Honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and by utilizing her voice for social issues including civil and women’s rights.”