MTV to honor Aretha Franklin at Monday


(Reuters) – MTV will celebrate soul legend Aretha Franklin at Monday’s Video Music Awards ceremony, the network said on Thursday as tributes flowed in from around the world and U.S. television channels scheduled special broadcasts.

A crowd gathers around Aretha Franklin’s star on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The annual awards show celebrating top performers in a variety of musical genres will be broadcast live on MTV from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Aretha Franklin opens at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., June 13, 1969. Las Vegas News Bureau/Handout via REUTERS

The VMAs “will honor Aretha Franklin and pay tribute to her monumental legacy,” an MTV spokesperson said.

Franklin, the winner of 18 Grammys known worldwide as the “Queen of Soul,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, her family said.

MTV did not provide any details on how it would honor the singer. Previously scheduled VMAs performers include Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lopez.

The name of Aretha is posted above the Franklin Street subway station in memory of singer Aretha Franklin in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Franklin had been nominated for VMAs for 1986 video “Freeway of Love” and 1987’s “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

Other television networks also planned programming on Franklin’s life and music.

The ABC broadcast channel said it would air a special edition of “20/20” on Thursday that includes never-before-seen footage of Franklin on tour.

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network announced it would re-air on Saturday a 1999 interview from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in which Franklin talked about her life, performed hits, including “Respect,” and shared her favorite recipe.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Dan Grebler

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