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Aretha Franklin gets a rousing, touching, star-studded tribute

You hear it over and over during Sunday’s concert “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul”: There will never be another Aretha Franklin. Truer words were never spoken — or sung. Kelly Clarkson, Brandi Carlile, Chloe and Alessia Cara give effective interpretations of the classic Franklin R & B hits, but you’ll have to wait for gospel singer Yolanda Adams to hear someone who matches Franklin in her depth, command and supple range. The audience, gathered in LA’s Shrine Auditorium, has a blast, embracing all the performers, rising to its feet on several occasions. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”), often mentioned as the ideal singer to play Franklin, who died in August of last year, in a biopic, ge ...