Jennifer Hudson as Aretha!

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The biopic Respect was released on August 13, 2021, with Jennifer Hudson portraying the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Hudson was handpicked for the role by Aretha herself, before Aretha died in 2018. Imagine the legacy – arguably the greatest singer of all time selects Hudson to sing like Aretha.

I consider Aretha Franklin to be one of the greatest artists of all time (see my September 30, 2018 blog post on my picks for the greatest artists of all time – I put Franklin at #3). So, I was skeptical that anyone could pull it off – actually doing justice to the vocals of Aretha Franklin.

Well…Jennifer Hudson did it! All I can say is – WOW! Watch Hudson perform a medley of Franklin songs high in the sky in New York City during her appearance on Good Morning America on August 10. The singing starts at the 1:00 mark. Her version of Freedom starts at 3:00 – I’m speechless. AMAZING! Watch this!

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