To add to her boatload of honors, Aretha Franklin received another at the recent TVLand Awards, where she was bestowed with its Music Icon Award by John Legend, and sang a 20 minute set, including “Chain of Fools” and Handel’s “Ombra Mai Fu,” along with some gospel.
The awards show airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on TVland.
Billboard caught up with her at the show, and gleaned the tidbits that she hasn’t given up on having a biopic filmed of her life, she’s just still considering who should play her father and family.
A CD with son Eddie is still going to be released, and now she and Clive Davis are gathering songs for an upcoming album by her, to be produced by the music mogul (she hopes to get some songs from Ne-Yo and Kenny Edmonds).
When the reporter remarked that she’d been “flirting with” the idea of doing another gospel album, Franklin replied: “Oh no honey, I don’t flirt with gospel. Gospel is a mainstay. That’s my background, and those are my roots. Oh of course, you’re gonna always see another gospel album.”