A tribute to legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin is being planned for New York’s Madison Square Garden and is reportedly set for November 14, billed as “Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” Billboard reports.
Sony Music’s Clive Davis, a music-business legend in his own right and longtime member of Franklin’s musical network, was apparently organizing the tribute before Franklin’s most recent health concerns, which included the cancellation of her headlining appearance at this year’s New Orleans’ Jazz Fest and, more recently, a report from a source close to the singer that says she is seriously ill. Friend and musician Evrod Cassimy also tweeted out that the “Queen of Soul…is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time.”
Franklin, an 18-time Grammy Award winner who is known for numerous iconic hits like “Respect,” “Think,” “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman” and “Say A Little Prayer,” announced her retirement from performing last year before the release of her 42nd studio album A Brand New Me.
According to a report from Showbiz411, Franklin approved of the MSG tribute and gave her blessing for fellow soul vocalist Jennifer Hudson to serve as one of the night’s headliners. Hudson is also set to play Franklin in an upcoming biopic.