Patti LaBelle On Her Hero, Aretha Franklin: “She Was The Greatest Singer In The World”

What does one legend have to say about another? GRAMMY-winning singer Patti LaBelle had admirable words for the late soul icon Aretha Franklin at the taping of The Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The...

What does one legend have to say about another? GRAMMY-winning singer Patti LaBelle had admirable words for the late soul icon Aretha Franklin at the taping of The Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul airing Sunday, March 10 on CBS.

“She was a solid performer. She never stopped giving,” LaBelle said. “She was the greatest singer in the world, to me. She’s my hero and so many others’ hero, she is.”

ranklin died last August, and, as a tribute to the late performer, artists including CommonJanelle MonáeJennifer HudsonAlicia KeysJohn LegendKelly Clarkson and more came together to sing some of her greatest songs. Regarding the performances, LaBelle, who sang “Call Me” at the celebration, shared more wisdom:

“You can’t channel Aretha. Heck no. You just go up there and pray that she loves you,” LaBelle said. “Ain’t no channeling the queen, honey.”

Tune into “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS to catch LaBelle’s full performance.

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