According to the announcement, the tribute will honor Franklin’s gospel roots and iconic gospel album, Amazing Grace.
Scheduled to take part in the tribute are Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Mary Mary, Ledisi, and Gladys Knight, who were friends of the late singer/songwriter.
“It’s a blessing to be a part of this moving musical tribute to honor our late queen and sister, Aretha, said Gladys Knight. She was an icon and visionary, radiated light and love through all of her life’s work, and touched all of us through her incredible gift of music.”
“Aretha was the voice of a generation, said music director, composer and producer, Rickey Minor. She transcended racial barriers by reaching into the depths of her soul and taking us on a journey with every note she sang. Her spirit will live forever in her music.”
Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2018 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.