The passing of legendary Aretha Franklin (who died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16) was covered extensively by the media, but some networks are devoting a great deal of their programming with tributes to the Grammy-winning icon. Here's a summary of where and when to watch those tributes:
On Aug. 16, BET Soul, BET Jams and BET Hip-Hop had marathons showing Franklin's music videos and other music performances from Franklin. BET Her will also have Franklin music marathons on Aug. 17 and on Aug. 20, starting at 9 a.m. ET each day.
There will also be a tribute to Franklin during BET's annual "Black Girls Rock!" special, which will premiere Sept. 9. Queen Latifah is hosting this year's "Black Girls Rock!," which will be filmed Aug. 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.
BET Networks president Scott Mills issued this statement: “We are deeply saddened by the news of Aretha’s passing this morning. As we reflect on Aretha’s legacy, we see a woman with extraordinary talents whose gospel and bluesy song delivery laid the groundwork for so many artists today. From ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ to ‘Think’ to her signature classic ‘Respect,’ Aretha Franklin was a musical phenomenon and an iconic figure in black culture. Just four years ago, BET honored Aretha at BET Honors with the Musical Arts Award for her soaring contribution to our culture. She accepted graciously before bringing down the house with her heartfelt performance of Sam Cooke’s 'A Change is Gonna Come,' in honor of Nelson Mandela. We will remember and miss her dearly.”
PBS will televise the half-hour special "Aretha! Queen of Soul" on Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. This show features archival footage from Franklin's career and interviews that will highlight her legacy. "PBS NewsHour Weekend" anchor Hari Sreenivasan is the host of the special
On Aug. 16, TV One aired the specials "TV One on One: Aretha Franklin" and "Aretha: Frankly Speaking." "TV One on One: Aretha Franklin" features Urban One founder/TV One chair Cathy Hughes interviewing Franklin about her life and journey throughout her amazing career. "Aretha: Frankly Speaking" is a one-hour news program that chronicles Franklin's professional and personal life. The special also features exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of iconic songs like "Respect," "Natural Woman," "Precious Lord" and "Pink Cadillac," as told through Franklin's trusted inner circle, her musical team and her very own words.
On Aug. 18, TV One will air encore presentations of "TV One on One: Aretha Franklin" at 11 a.m. ET and "Aretha: Frankly Speaking" at 12 p.m. ET.
Hughes issued a statement that read, in part: "Today, I join my community, my industry and the world in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of my dear sister, friend, and ally, Aretha Franklin. I send my love and offer prayers of grace and peace to the members of her family, her friends and colleagues who walked alongside her and shared her with tens of millions of fans around the world. I have so many fond memories of Aretha. Throughout her career, I was blessed to share her music and her iconic story. I am humbled to have been a part of her journey and to have served as an eyewitness to the evolution of her artistry and the formation of her legacy …
"And while many will remember her for all of the titles she has received, I believe, Aretha Franklin, in her own words, said it best: 'Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.' And Aretha Franklin, so are we. Rest in peace, my sister."