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Fans Have Thoughts About Who's Performing At The Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert

Despite the variety of black artists on the list, fans still had something to say about the roster. 

There's no one who can sing quite like Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul has inspired so many artists of this generation, and now many are honoring the late singer with a tribute concert in 2019. The Recording Academy has reportedly tapped a diverse group of artists for CBS' upcoming special, "Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul," and the roster is garnering mixed reviews from fans.

According to reports, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Janelle Monáe, SZA, Common, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Alessia Cara, and more will perform on the big night. Despite the variety of black artists on the list, fans still had something to say about the roster.

The show will be hosted by Tyler Perry and co-produced by longtime Franklin-collaborator Clive Davis, the Recording Academy, and Grammys director Ken Ehrlich.

"I am thrilled to have the Recording Academy and CBS as partners in this global tribute to my very dear friend Aretha Franklin," Davis said in a statement. "Aretha was more than the Queen of Soul; she was a national treasure. This unique concert — featuring many of today's greatest artists — will celebrate Aretha in a spectacular manner befitting her once-in-a-lifetime talent."

The CBS special is just the latest show announced in honor of the mega-talented act. It follows past tributes from Steve Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Ariana Grande, and more.

As previously reported, the multi-Grammy-winning artist passed away on Aug. 13, due to a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Her funeral welcomed a wide variety of celebrities and politicians on Aug. 19.

The "Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul," will be held Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The special does not have an air date at this time. In the meantime, check out the mixed reactions in regards to the performers list on Twitter below.

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After nearly a 15-year hiatus from the music industry, Kareem "Biggs" Burke is back with a new music company called Circle of Success. To kick the newly-launched business off right, Burke has already announced his first signee, Brooklyn-based artist, SAINt JHN.

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The Roc-A-Fella cofounder also addressed his new company on Instagram, noting that it was his first time backing an artist since Kanye West nearly 20 years ago. "The last 2 projects I’ve done was College Dropout and Late Registration," he wrote. "After such a long time away I’ve decided to jump back in with someone who I believe will be equally as impactful and change the game and be a HUGE brand with the music being the core of the business. @saintjhn made the decision easy for me because it’s very rare you come across talent like his. I’m BACK!!!!"

SAINt JHN is a singer-songwriter and rapper. He has previously written songs for Usher, Jidenna, and others. He also released his first album under his current moniker in Mar. 2018, entitled Collection One.

Be on the look out for what's to come from Biggs' Circle of Success company and SAINt JHN.

 

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The last 2 projects I’ve done was College Dropout and Late registration. After such a long time away I’ve decided to jump back in with someone who I believe will be equally as impactful and change the game and be a HUGE brand with the music being the core of the business. @saintjhn made the decision easy for me because it’s very rare you come across talent like his. I’m BACK!!!! #circleofsuccess #management Full story in my bio...

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Meek Mill Responds To Comedian Michael Rapaport's Critique

While Meek Mill's pregame performance at the NBA All-Star game on Sunday (Feb. 17) may have been praised by many on Twitter, there was one person who was not impressed by the Philadelphia rapper's appearance. Comedian/actor Michael Rapaport used his Twitter account to critique Mill, but the latter didn't hold his tongue back either.

"Aye @michaelrapaport don't ever use the word trash when you speaking on nothing from our culture unless you tryna get trashed," Meek wrote. "#2 who gave you authorization to be speaking on us? #3 what you charging now?"

Aye @michealrapaport don’t ever use the word trash when you speaking on nothing from our culture unless you tryna get trashed 🤫 #2 who gave you authorization to be speaking on us? #3 what you charging now? Last time I seen You you wanted a selfie 🥴 be great tho on the net 🤷🏾‍♂️

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 18, 2019

A couple of tweets after his first response to Rapaport, the "Going Bad" rapper posted a picture with the New York City native who he claims "wanted a selfie" with him.

Me:ayo yo who this? Anonymous: I think it’s the guy from white men can jump? Him: meek you so fire you give me that feeling what hip hop is missing ima fan “can I get a selfie”? Hurry up go head 🤦🏾‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/GJoMZotqG9

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 18, 2019

The tweets that got Mill fired up by the 48-year-old entertainer featured references about the rapper's previous beef with Drake and his, in Rapaport's opinion, incapability to rap on beat.

"Where I'm from, if you get dragged by DRAKE & don't respond you're & always will be WACK," Rapaport started.

Where I’m from, if you get dragged by DRAKE & don’t respond you’re & always will be WACK.

At least make it competitive. Re-Up Something

People catching feelings, cause you know I’m right about Meek Mill

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

Meek Mill have a hearing problem? Because he rhymes off the actual beat on everything he’s on. Literally off the beat, like NoFlow

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

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Rico Nasty Teams Up With Zack Fox To Release Meme Filled Video For "Sandy"

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Her chemistry with Kenny Beats has always been strong (listen to "Trust Issues), but Zack's varied selection of memes will take you back to the days of lurking on Failblog before memes were a popular Internet snack.

In addition to releasing tracks like “Big D**k Energy,” and “Roof,” the Brooklyn native dropped Countin Up, a documentary powered by The Fader to highlight her journey in the music industry and motherhood.

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