Janelle Monáe, SZA and Alessia Cara among performers for Aretha Franklin tribute concert

The show is called 'Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul'

Janelle Monáe, SZA and Alessia Cara will perform at the Aretha Franklin tribute concert titled ‘Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul’

The soul legend passed away back in August at the age of 76 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The show will take place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, January 13 and will also feature performances from Common, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Alicia Keys and more.


It’ll be hosted by Tyler Perry and will broadcast later on in the year on American channel CBS.

Speaking of the event, former Aretha Franklin collaborator and record executive Clive Davis said: “Aretha was more than the Queen of Soul; she was a national treasure. This unique concert—featuring many of today’s greatest artists—will celebrate Aretha in a spectacular manner befitting her once-in-a-lifetime talent.”

Last month the long-awaited Aretha Franklin documentary finally made its debut on the big screen, 46 years after it was filmed.

She was captured on film by the acclaimed director Sydney Pollack back in 1972 for a project titled Amazing Grace.

Filmed over two nights at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles – where Franklin recorded her ‘Amazing Grace’ live album – Pollack made the error of not using clapper boards during the filming, ensuring that the 20 hours of raw footage he shot was incredibly hard to edit.


The project therefore lay unedited for decades as various complications – including protracted legal battles – prevented it from being completed. The film itself was only finished in 2011, with producer Alan Elliot (who acquired the rights to the film in 2007) assembling a production team who used digital technology to edit the footage.

Amazing Grace finally premiered at the DOC NYC festival on November 12.