'Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul' will be taped Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. The TV special hosted by Tyler Perry will air at a later date in 2019 on CBS. The special will feature songs from Aretha Franklin performed by Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Janelle Monáe, among others. Jack Sussman, CBS EVP, Specials, Music and Live Events, via 'Variety' Franklin died in August at age 76. She won 18 Grammys throughout her career. Clive Davis, via

Tyler Perry hosting Aretha Franklin special for CBS

Originally posted Friday, December 28, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Atlanta’s Tyler Perry runs a studio, creates his own TV shows and films and still has time on occasion to act in films such as “Vice” about Dick Cheney. And he said yes to hosting an upcoming concert honoring the late great Aretha Franklin that will air on CBS.

“Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” will be taped Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium. Music mogul Clive Davis is putting the event together. 

Scheduled to appear: Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe and SZA. 

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August at age 76. 

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.