Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans closed out the American Music Awards Tuesday night (Oct. 9) with a tribute fit for a Queen. Led by Knight, who got things started with a rendition of “Amazing Grace,” the singers paid homage to Aretha Franklin with a medley that drew heavily from the Queen of Soul’s 1972 gospel album of the same name.
As Rolling Stone reported, the singers followed “Amazing Grace” with soulful performances of “Climbing Higher Mountains,” “Mary, Don’t You Weep” (listen to Franklin's version above) and “How I Got Over.” You can watch a clip of Knight performing “Amazing Grace” below.
Knight--who was a close friend of Franklin's--also sang at the Queen of Soul's memorial service in Detroit. The singer chose to do another song from Amazing Grace, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” As Rolling Stone pointed out, legendary record executive Clive Davis is planning another all-star Franklin tribute at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 14. Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018.
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