Aretha Franklin: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul 26 August 2022: BBC Proms on BBC Four
In Aretha Franklin’s six-decade career, she won 18 Grammys and was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Celebrating what would have been the singer’s eightieth birthday, the BBC Proms pay tribute to a true icon.
Jules Buckley debuts his new ensemble, and is joined by American singer and Quincy Jones protégée Sheléa to showcase the songs made famous by the Queen of Soul.
Aretha’s live performances were visceral rituals, in which she readily opened her heart to her audience. Her song Respect became an anthem of both the Civil Rights Movement and gender empowerment. In 2009, she performed at Barack Obama’s first inauguration. Her music was the soundtrack to African American history.
Clara Amfo presents this unforgettable event, with special guests.
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This show is broadcast on BBC Four, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.