Source: Janet, Mariah Set For VH1's Aretha Tribute
A host of top stars will be on hand April 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York for "VH1 Divas Live: The One And Only Aretha Franklin." Although VH1 would not confirm the lineup, a source tells BillA host of top stars will be on hand April 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York for "VH1 Divas Live: The One And Only Aretha Franklin." Although VH1 would not confirm the lineup, a source tells Billboard.com that the performers will include Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and newcomer/multiple-Grammy nominee Jill Scott, according to a source.
Tickets to the event go on sale next Friday (March 16) via Ticketmaster. As previously reported, proceeds will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, specifically, inner city schools in Detroit in Franklin's name.
The "Queen Of Soul" will warm up for the "Divas" tribute with a trio of performances in Florida. The legendary vocalist is set to perform March 21 at the Times-Union Center For Performing Arts in Jacksonville, March 24 at the House Of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, and March 26 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
Franklin, Carey, Carole King, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain all took part in VH1's first "Divas Live" event in 1998. The winner of 17 Grammy awards, as well as the 1991's Grammy Legend Award (1991) and 1994's Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Franklin also counts among her many honors a National Medal Of The Arts, presented in 1999 by President Clinton.