CMAs 2021: Jennifer Hudson & Chris Stapleton Get Standing Ovation With Aretha Franklin Tribute [Watch]

Published: Thursday 11th Nov 2021 by Rashad

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is exactly what Jennifer Hudson got as she blew the roof off Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at the 2021 CMAs on Wednesday (November 10).

On hand to deliver a tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin (who she also won rave reviews portraying in the recent biopic ‘Respect’), Hudson soared as she rendered riveting renditions of Franklin’s ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ‘Night Life’ at the Luke Bryan-hosted affair.

Joined by fellow GRAMMY winner Chris Stapleton, the unlikely pairing finished their performance to a (much deserved) standing ovation.

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[main photo source: Getty Images/ABC]

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  1. Urban MILF November 11, 2021

    RIP Queena Shoul. 😂

  2. Wwwd November 11, 2021

    She is not Aretha Franklin

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 11, 2021

      And neither was Whitney

      • Wtf November 11, 2021

        Stupid nonsensical comment. Trolling just to troll

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 11, 2021

        Your’s is. Because he mentions Whitney on every post that has nothing to do with her and his username is “What Would Whitney Do?” so stfu ashy bird

      • Wtf November 11, 2021

        Whitney wasn’t mentioned until your nonsensical troll comment idiot. Stfu

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 11, 2021

        It’s in his name… and did I even say “this post?” Hood idiot.

      • Wtf November 11, 2021

        “Every post” would include “this post” numbskull. Learn to read. And “wwwd” doesn’t explicitly contain “Whitney” troll ass buffoon.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 11, 2021

        Every post BEFORE this post, like on the Mariah one. And AIN’T NONE YO DAMN BUSINESS. You ugly black heffas always staying busy in s*** that ain’t your’s and not minding yo own which is why you STAY in those projects on Section 8 👀

      • Wtf November 11, 2021

        I determine my own business tranñy and you talk about staying busy? You’re the busiest broke body on this website, always in some mess with somebody. What an awful existence you have. Mind your own damn business next time and we won’t have to constantly check your troll ass.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 11, 2021

        No business is your business just because you in your own lost damn mind “determines” it to be, and my “mess” you speak of (again, like it’s your business) id further proof my point and why you’re stuck in the projects where you belong.

  3. Mr RCW November 11, 2021

    Jennifer does a bunch of yelling. It wasn’t bad, but they could’ve used a better song choices

  4. Monica Stan November 11, 2021

    Always hollering. Aretha had a beautiful voice>>>

    • Mr. RCW November 11, 2021

      The best

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 11, 2021

      Monica could never

      • Monica Stan November 11, 2021

        Could never what???? 😭😭😭😭 Jennifer Hollerdson doesn’t even have a platinum album 💀💀💀💀

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 11, 2021

        Could never be Aretha 💯💋 I never mentioned Jennifer.

  5. Musiqlovah November 11, 2021

    Jhud killed that….gave them some good old-fashioned soul gospelized music. They surely won’t forget that. And big ups for her always keeping George Huff (the black guy from their season) as a backup singer. Their friendship is still standing the test of time.

  6. If You Ain’t Know November 11, 2021

    Flop movie. Flop soundtrack. Zero Oscar buzz. JFoghorn better pray someone picks up her talk show or else she’ll only get booked to sing other people’s actual hits. Smh.

  7. Lucie November 11, 2021

    First Clive Davis tried to make her the next Whitney. That didn’t work now they’re pushing this Aretha thing. JHud has had an interesting career to say the least. She stays booked but ???? I don’t know. She’s a Jack of all trades, master of none.

    • eric November 11, 2021

      Clive has tried different things with different artists. He’s not going to strike gold every time, just like when he thought Alicia and R. Kelly could give Whitney a great sound and the result was lackluster. This “Aretha thing” is a natural extension of the movie, because both Jennifer and Aretha belong to RCA. It’s a win-win deal.

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