Tyler Perry Talks Doing "Madea" Impressions For Aretha Franklin
No one can say no to the Aretha Franklin, especially not actor and comedian Tyler Perry, who will host the star-studded show, Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul, airing on Sunday, March 10 on CBS and features performances from Patti LaBelle, Common, Janelle Monáe, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and more.
So when The Queen of Soul called Perry up and said, "I wanna talk to Madea," he immediately got into role. "Can't say no to Aretha," he told the Recording Academy, before doing an impression of his beloved grandmother character: "Hellur?"
"Her voice was so universal and so strong and so powerful ... You could be from some small island in the south pacific and never heard her sing and hear her voice and know, wait a minute this woman is special. Her voice was the raising of the flag for all of us," Perry continued.
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 see Perry on host duties and the tributes that will honor the queen.