Jennifer Hudson Gets Standing Ovation after Powerhouse Performance at Aretha Franklin Tribute Event

Claudine Varela
Mar 12, 2019
08:24 A.M.

Jennifer Hudson impresses her audience anew with her latest ode to Aretha Franklin during a recent television special. Hudson brought her audience on their feet with her powerful rendition of Franklin's hits during the show's opening.


More than six months after her death, Aretha Franklin’s memory lived on in a special tribute commemorating her legendary career. Standing out in the star-studded affair was Jennifer Hudson who dazzled the crowd with her riveting performance during the recent CBS Sunday special.


Hudson took the stage wearing a stunning white gown with a deep neckline. Her hair was pulled up in a top knot giving way to the glow of her finely made-up face. But nothing could be more arresting than her beautiful voice that serenaded the crowd during the taped event held in January and aired last weekend. She opened the show singing Franklin’s greatest hits “Respect,” “Think,” and "Ain't No Way" to perfection gaining her a standing ovation.

The powerhouse tribute also included performances from Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Brandi Carlile, Alicia Keys, and Alessia Cara, among others. Show host Tyler Perry became emotional when he recalled Franklin’s important influence in his life.


Hudson could very well relate to Perry’s sentiments. It is a known fact that the American Idol winner held a special place in her heart for the 76-year-old crooner who died in her home in Detroit in August. Following Franklin’s death, Hudson “had no words” when she paid tribute to the iconic singer who she revealed became her mentor in life.


It was also the reason why she took part in Franklin’s funeral service and sang a heart-wrenching rendition of “Amazing Grace,” a song the Queen of Soul popularized in her 1972 album carrying the same name. Hudson gave a powerful performance that left her audience engulfed in awe.

Recent reports confirm the award-winning singer and actress is set to portray Franklin in a biopic set to be released in 2020. The film tentatively titled “Respect” will feature Franklin’s life from childhood as a singer in her preacher father’s choir until she became a superstar.


Franklin died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her four sons, two of whom who were born when she was barely into her teens. She died without establishing a will for her $80 million-worth estate but her lawyer confirmed it will be divided equally among her children.

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