2018 American Music Awards - Fixed Show

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via Joy105:

Aretha Franklin was honored at the 2018 American Music Awards with a tribute fit for the Queen of Soul.

Seven weeks after her death, Franklin was celebrated on Tuesday by longtime friend Gladys Knight, who led an all-star gospel tribute.

Following a video looking back at Franklin’s long history with the AMAs, Knight walked out to organs playing before launching into a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace” that had the entire audience visibly moved and on their feet.

Closing out the show, Knight was then joined by Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor, as they paid tribute to Franklin’s gospel roots and her 1972 album, Amazing Grace, which remains the best-selling live gospel album of all time.

Ahead of the show, Knight revealed to AMA pre-show hosts Jessie James Decker and Zach Sang just how blessed she feels to be honoring her childhood friend — an artist who will live on for generations to come

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