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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

So tributes have been pouring in in various forms since the passing of the Queen of Soul music, Aretha Franklin. But, this has to be the best so far!

Gladys Knight performing Amazing Grace onstage at the 2018 AMAs

The organisers of the 2018 American Music Awards put together an amazing performance of songs by the Queen of Soul, performed by A-List singers, including Donnie McClurkin, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Cece Winans. They had Rickey Minor as musical director.

Knight kicked off the show-stopping performance with a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace,” that brought the audience to tears. She was then joined by McClurkin who belted out an upbeat tune that had the crowd out of their seats. Winans took the stage with a soulful deliverance of  “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” followed by Ledisi with “How I Got Over”, and Mary Mary closed out the tribute with a lively production.

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Cece Winans onstage

Franklin died at her home in Detroit at the age of 76 on August 16 following a battle with cancer.

Photo credit: US Weekly, Billboard

Read also: Aretha Franklin Exhibition To Open At Detroit Museum

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