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Aretha Franklin to be honored with special Grammy tribute
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmusic.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The Queen is about to get her due -- again.



Aretha Franklin has been widely celebrated since she passed away on Aug. 16 at the age of 76 in Detroit. Now she'll be feted with an all-star concert and TV special -- "Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul" -- on Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with a broadcast later this year on CBS.



Actor-director Tyler Perry will host the show, with a roster of performers that includes Jennifer Hudson -- hand-picked by Franklin to star in a biopic that's expected to go into production this year -- Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Alessia Cara, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, rapper Common, Janelle MonŠe, Bebe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, SZA, H.E.R. and Chloe X Halle.



The Beatles, the Bee Gees and Elton John have been the subject of similar televised tributes.



Meanwhile, TMZ reports that the Internal Revenue Service has issued a lien on Franklin's estate for nearly $8 million in taxes owed from 2012-18, including $1.5 million in penalties. Estate attorney David Bennett says that, "The Estate is diligently working to resolve any remaining issues," including other debt claims.

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