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Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Genius' potential Aretha Franklin season is expected to add Clive Davis as executive producer
The music mogul's addition to the National Geographic Channel anthology series is considered very important for it to go forward.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Aretha Franklin may get the Nat Geo Genius treatment, replacing Mary Shelley
National Geographic Channel renewed Genius for a third season with a focus on iconic Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. But Deadline reports there are plans to change the subject to The Queen of Soul, who died in August at age 76. "I hear the idea for doing a Franklin-centered Genius came together quickly and was spearheaded by Imagine’s Brian Grazer," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "While sources close to the matter caution that there are still hurdles in securing all the rights necessary, I hear that everyone involved feels optimistic, and they are moving full-steam ahead with a potential Aretha Franklin third season while deals are being hammered out." She adds: "Imagine has done multiple projects about iconic music artists, including the award-winning documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, the film Get On Up about James Brown and the just announced scripted series Wu-Tang: An American Saga."
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
American Music Awards gave Aretha Franklin a proper tribute
Source: The Muse
After the MTV VMAs' Madonna debacle of a tribute to The Queen of Soul, the American Music Awards had nowhere to go but up in honoring Franklin. "This could have been bad," says Rich Juzwiak. "It could have been Imagine Dragons doing 'Freeway of Love.' It could have been Post Malone standing onstage and farting. It could have been Ariana Grande doing '(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman,' again. But instead, it was a group of furiously talented gospel and R&B acts—Gladys Knight, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Ledisi, and Mary Mary—pouring their hearts into a selection of songs from Franklin’s landmark 1972 album Amazing Grace. If you told me yesterday that Mary Mary, a successful and respected gospel act that has had exactly one pop Top 40 hit of their own in their 20-year career, would close out this awards show that aired on a Big Three network and leave the audience on their feet and in rapture, I simply would not have believed you. I still can’t believe it. I can’t believe this!" ALSO: Why music director Ricky Minor mined "Amazing Grace" for his AMAs Queen of Soul tribute.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
American Music Awards sets an Aretha Franklin tribute
Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans are among the performers honoring The Queen of Soul on the Oct. 9 award show.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Murphy Brown's season premiere will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin
Franklin’s music was a huge part of the original Murphy Brown, which used "Respect" in the pilot episode.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Monday Night Football paying tribute to Aretha Franklin
Source: USA Today
The Queen of Soul will be honored tonight with a two-minute video featuring Boyz II Men and Tori Kelly performing Franklin's "Rock Steady" at spots around Detroit.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Luke Cage's Mike Colter apologizes for making light of a pastor's inappropriate touching of Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's funeral
Colter was responding to a Trevor Noah tweet about Bishop Charles Ellis groping Grande, tweeting: "Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero F***!" Colter said in his apology that "in no way do I condone any such behavior. It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm. I realized quickly that it was not taken as such.”
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 2:43PM EDT
Aretha Franklin is set to get a TV tribute, while Quincy Jones' CBS Grammys special tribute has been scrapped
Music mogul Clive Davis had been planning to have a special concert at Madison Square Garden in honor of The Queen of Soul before her Aug. 16 death, with hopes of turning it into a TV special. Meanwhile, The Recording Academy's plan to honor Jones for his 85th birthday with a primetime Grammys special tribute has been scrapped. "According to sources close to the network, at the outset, CBS and its partners on the project, working with Jones’ team, put together a wish list of big names to invite to the celebration," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "Half of them turned down the offer, a few who had expressed interest also fell out, and some were interested but wanted more information about the creative and their participation...After a couple more prospective attendees withdrew at the end of last week, the network and its partners felt there were not enough A-list names for a primetime special worthy of Jones’ legacy. Because the iconic producer and his team were looking to do the special by the end of 2018 — the year he turned 85 — CBS, The Recording Academy and Ehrlich opted not to proceed with it."
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Aretha Franklin's funeral will be partly shown on CNN and Fox News
While the two cable news networks broadcast portions of Friday's funeral, the Associated Press will stream it online.
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 6:30PM EDT
Aretha Franklin's family wasn't upset over Madonna's controversial VMAs tribute
The Queen of Soul's nephew Tim Franklin tells TMZ that not only was the family not mad, but Franklin wouldn't have been upset with the tribute either. ALSO: Explaining Madonna's VMAs outfit, which led to cultural appropriation accusations.
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Lip Sync Battle renewed for Season 5
Paramount Network has ordered 12 episodes to air in 2019. ALSO: LL Cool J wants an Aretha Franklin Lip Sync Battle tribute.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Madonna responds to Aretha Franklin VMA backlash: "I did not intend to do a tribute to her!"
Madonna was accused of everything from cultural appropriation for wearing traditional African garb to making her tribute to The Queen of Soul all about herself during her six-minute speech at last night's MTV VMAs. Madonna responded to the backlash on Instagram this morning, saying she wasn't supposed to do a tribute in the first place. "Just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV!" she wrote. "And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T."
- The VMAs were bound to get it wrong while chasing controversy: "Her speech could have been fine, or even excellent. But instead the 'tribute' mythologized Madonna way more than it did Franklin."
- Can we stop having Madonna do tributes? She received similar backlash with her 2016 Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince
- Twitter was merciless with Madonna: "I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself," tweeted Charlamagne Tha God
- Why Michael Avenatti was at the VMAs
- Olivia Munn explains why she mispronounced Camila Cabello's name
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
How Aretha Franklin inspired reality singing competitions like American Idol
Source: The Washington Post
The Queen of Soul expressed interest in 2012 in joining the then-Fox reality singing competition as a judge. As Emily Yahr points out, Idol had a particular connection with Franklin. In 2012, the contestants traveled to Detroit for a special sit-down with her. But it wasn't just Idol that Franklin influenced. "If there was a prize for the song performed most frequently on a reality singing competition show, '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' would have an easy shot at the crown," says Yahr. Contestants on everything from The Voice to Nashville Star to America's Got Talent "wanted to be like her, and they wanted to sing like her," says Yahr. "Franklin songs from 'Respect' to 'Chain of Fools' to 'Ain’t No Way' continue to be a reality show staple."
- MTV VMAs producer is scrambling to put together a tribute: "She’s one of the all-time greats so we have to do her justice"
- Franklin's version of the A Different World theme song is the only one that matters
- Late-night hosts pay tribute to Franklin: Trevor Noah recalled growing up to Franklin's music in a a “between the scenes” video
- Don Cheadle recalled to Jimmy Kimmel texting with Franklin
- From Scandal to GLOW: How TV and movies used Franklin's songs
- Scandal first use of an Aretha Franklin was her cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
- Watch David Letterman interview Franklin in 1981 and see her Late Show appearances between 1994 and 2014
# TOPICS: Aretha Franklin, American Idol, A Different World, GLOW, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, MTV Video Music Awards, Scandal, Don Cheadle, Trevor Noah, Reality TV
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Fox News made another mistake in its apology for Aretha Franklin-Patti LaBelle mix-up
Source: Entertainment Weekly
In honoring The Queen of Soul, the cable news network used an image in the background of Patti LaBelle performing for President Obama on PBS' Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House special, which aired in 2014. “We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends," Fox News spokesperson Jessica Santostefano explained in a statement. "Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret." The problem is that LaBelle and Franklin never performed together on the special. Franklin did perform at the same event. When EW inquired about the second mistake, Fox News was unable to explain why its statement of apology was erroneous.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Ariana Grande reportedly broke down in tears while performing an Aretha Franklin tribute on The Tonight Show
The singer, who was supposed to do a comedy skit with Jimmy Fallon during Thursday's visit, initially declined a request to do a tribute to The Queen of Soul, according to TMZ. But Questlove changed her mind. "Ariana brought the house down and got a standing O. We're told when Ariana left the stage she broke down in tears," says TMZ, which adds that her performance will open Thursday's Tonight Show. UPDATE: Watch Ariana Grande and The Roots perform "Natural Woman" in tribute to Aretha Franklin.