The world may have lost the Queen of Soul, but she is far from forgotten.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry will be hosting a special concert paying tribute to Aretha Franklin with an impressive roster of guest artists who will be performing at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
"Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul" is set for taping on January 13, according to Variety, and will feature appearances by 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.
The tribute concert is a joint effort by CBS, the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and music mogul Clive Davis to celebrate the R&B singer's legacy.
"Aretha Franklin's reign as the 'Queen of Soul' is incomparable and undisputed," praised Neil Portnow - President/CEO of the Recording Academy, according to The Root.
"For more than six decades, her extraordinary artistic achievements coupled with her passionate dedication to her philanthropic work—which ranged from children's and artists' issues to civil rights activism—served as a testament to her power, majesty and genius. These gifts positioned her as a true cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy."
Co-producer of the concert Ken Ehrlich said the concert will highlight "the remarkable musical and cultural accomplishments of the Queen of Soul through her own words and music as well as through the performances of an amazing group of musical artists who will gather to celebrate her amazing musical heritage."
For Perry, taking on the role as the master of ceremonies is especially meaningful. Growing up, he was able to gauge his mother's mood based on which Aretha Franklin song she played.
And although Perry never actually met the singer, he received a surprise phone call from Franklin.
The legendary singer told him she loved Madea – a female character Perry played in a number of his films like Madea's Class Reunion (2003), and Madea's Family Reunion (2006).
"Well, you know she's not real, right?" he asked. Franklin responded, "I don't care. I want to talk to her."
And so she did. Caught in an impromptu moment, Perry channeled his alter ego and replied, "Hello."
Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. in her home on August 16, 2018, in Detroit surrounded by her friends and family.
Her oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute confirmed the cause of death was due to an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. She was 76.
Clive Davis, who is serving as an executive producer for "Aretha!" expressed his joy in honoring his late friend with the forthcoming tribute.
"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."
We can hardly wait to give our R-E-S-P-E-C-T come January 13, 2019.