Edited by Jonathan Cohen / January 18, 2001, 11:20 a.m. ET
'Divas' To Honor Aretha
Aretha Franklin will be the centerpiece honoree of VH1's fourth annual 'Divas Live' special. 'VH1 Divas Live: The One And Only Aretha Franklin' will air live on the cable network April 10 from New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Produced in conjunction with New Hall Productions and the Experience Music Project, the special will feature a star-studded line-up of male and female artists, yet to be announced.
Franklin was involved with the original 'Divas Live' project in 1998, which also featured Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain. A similar special followed the next year with Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner, and Brandy, with special guests Sir Elton John, LeAnn Rimes, Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill, and Chaka Khan.
Last year was the first to tribute an artist, honoring Diana Ross with a talent lineup that featured Carey, Hill, Donna Summer, Destiny's Child, Hilary Swank, RuPaul, Queen Latifah, and former Supremes members Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne.
As with past 'Divas' outings, the special will raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, specifically benefiting inner city schools in Detroit in Franklin's name.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
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(Edited by Crave at 5:39 pm on Jan. 19, 2001)
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