Aretha Franklin Remembered With Stirring Tribute at 2018 American Music Awards

Aretha Franklin was honored at the 2018 American Music Awards with a star-studded performance of the Queen of Soul’s timeless gospel classics … with Gladys Knight leading the way. 

Gladys, a friend of the late singer, started the tribute with a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” … bringing the audience to its feet one last time at the end of the 3-hour award show. 

Gladys introduced Donnie McClurkin, and he energized the room by singing “Climbing Higher Mountains.” 

A gospel choir came on stage for CeCe Winans‘ performance of “Mary Don’t You Weep” … and people were dancing in the aisles by the time Ledisi launched into “How I Got Over.”

The memorial performance ended with gospel duo Mary Mary singing a traditional gospel, “Old Landmark.”

Aretha died August 16 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76. 


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