Fantasia, Andra Day & Yolanda Adams Ship Bittersweet, Stunning Tribute To Aretha Franklin

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Six months after the Queen of Soul handed away on Aug. 16, the Grammys honored Aretha Franklin with a spine-tingling tribute befitting her legacy.

There was – and can solely ever be – one Queen of Soul. However, on Feb. 10, three of one of the best voices within the business – Fantasia, 34, Andra Day, 34, and gospel singer Yolanda Adams, 57, gave a panoramic Grammys tribute befitting the icon that was Aretha Franklin, who handed away in August on the age of 76. The three ladies started the tribute instantly after the In Memoriam phase of the present, by singing a stunning rendition of Aretha’s hit track, “(You Make Me Really feel Like) A Pure Lady.” The women introduced the viewers to its ft with their pure, layered vocals. Their efficiency was heartbreakingly transient, however highly effective however.

Paying tribute to a expertise and voice as wealthy and unforgettable as Aretha’s is past a tall order. The Grammys’ try is the newest in a string of musical tributes which have taken place within the six months because the singer handed away of pancreatic most cancers on Aug. 16, 2018. Her Aug. 31 funeral itself was a nine-hour lengthy extravaganza, which featured musical tributes from a galaxy of stars, together with nation singer Religion Hill, pop artist Ariana Grande, the powerhouse vocals of Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, and a efficiency by gospel group, the Clark Sisters.

Different tributes weren’t as effectively acquired, nonetheless. A number of days earlier, on the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 20, Madonna honored Miss Aretha with a prolonged monologue, which was extensively panned, as a result of viewers felt that she was talking about herself an excessive amount of. The 60-year-old singer partly mentioned, “Aretha Louise Franklin modified the course of my life.”

Months later, in October 2018, the American Music Awards celebrated the Queen of Soul’s life with a gospel tribute, which featured the voices of Gladys Knight, CeCe Winans and Donnie McClurkin.

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Aretha Franklin died on Aug. 16, 2018 on the age of 76. (Kent/Mediapunch/REX/Shutterstock)

It’s becoming that the Recording Academy would pull out all of the stops to have fun Aretha Franklin as, throughout her seven decade profession she was nominated a shocking 44 instances and gained a complete of 18. She took residence awards for a string of hits together with, “I Knew You Have been Ready (For Me)” in 1987, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Actual Factor” in 1974 and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in 1971. She gained her very first two Grammys in 1967 for her signature track “Respect” and that’s one thing her friends have usually given her throughout her life and now that she is not with us.

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