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H.E.R. Honors Aretha Franklin With A Spare, Soulful Cover Of "I Say A Little Prayer"
She may be just 21, but rising R&B artist H.E.R. began playing music from a young age while listening to her father's soul and blues record collection. Now, shortly after earning her first GRAMMY nominations at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, where she went home two wins, including Best R&B Album, H.E.R. is honoring the late Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin with a paired-down cover of "I Say A Little Prayer."
Following Aretha's passing last August, the music world united in celebrating her legacy—most recently on the 2019 GRAMMY stage. Now, her admirers and contemporaries are celebrating her life with a star-studded, music-filled memorial.
Shortly before the GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy brought together many of these artists to sing Aretha's praises—and her unforgettable songs—for a powerful tribute concert, airing on March 10 on CBS.
H.E.R. chose to sing one of her favorite Aretha covers, "I Say A Little Prayer," which the singer earned a GRAMMY nomination for at the 11th GRAMMY Awards. (Aretha released her version in 1968, one year after Dionne Warwick originally recorded the timeless track.)
"She's a legend. She inspired, I'm sure, all of the singers that are doing this tribute tonight," H.E.R. said before the concert. "She's such an inspiration to me, and this is bringing women together, so it's really dope to see that as well."
Tune in to hear H.E.R.'s full performance when "Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul" airs on Sun., March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS.