Aretha Franklin to be honored at American Music Awards

The late great Aretha Franklin will be honored at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

ABC revealed on Thursday that the Queen of Soul’s friends, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, will take the stage for a moving tribute honoring her gospel roots and iconic gospel album, Amazing Grace.

‘When I heard some of the initial ideas for the tribute, I knew without a doubt that this tribute will go down as one of the best in American music,’ Sabrina Owens, Aretha’s niece and executor of her estate, said in a statement.

She went on to ‘express our sincere gratitude’ to the AMAs, Dick Clark Productions and AMAs’ producer Larry Klein for honoring Aretha at the broadcast.

Sabrina added: ‘We still remember when Aretha won her first American Music Award in 1976 for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B.

And throughout the years, she went on to win five more awards and we will never forget when she hosted the show; as well as her memorable performances.’

Sabrina also singled out the late music icon and American Bandstand host Dick Clark, who died in 2012 at age 82, for her thanks.

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