CLIVE DAVIS PRE-GRAMMY GALA: Aretha Tribute Caps Night of Music

They watched performances by Travis Scott ,  Keala Settle, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha , H.E.R. , Brandi Carlile and  The Time . The evening closed with a tribute to Aretha Franklin , with her songs sung by Jazmine Sullivan , Ledisi and  Chloe and Halle . Sullivan also duetted with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 , and Chloe and Halle were joined by Carlile, Settle and Valerie Simpson on the evening's finale "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves."

The guest list included:

Barbra Streisand

Joni Mitchell

Quincy Jones

James Brolin

Nancy Pelosi

Joe Walsh

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Peter Fonda

David Hockney

Berry Gordy

Chick Corea

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Kenny G.

David Foster


Wolfgang Puck

Hans Zimmer

Max Martin

Sammy Hagar

Jerry Moss

Robbie Robertson

Maren Morris

Randy Jackson

LL Cool J

Dionne Warwick

George Clinton

Chris Bosh

Giancarlo Stanton

Valerie Simpson

Carole Bayer Sager

Ryan Tedder

Paul Shaffer

Earth, Wind & Fire

Richard Perry

Music business luminary  Clarence Avant wasthe honoree in keeping with the evening's theme Salute to Industry Icons. Another industry icon, Quincy Jones , introduced Avant , as did Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow .

The performances were:

  • Travis Scott - “Goosebumps” / "Sicko Mode"
  • Keala Settle - “This Is Me” (from The Greatest Showman )
  • Florida Georgia Line w. Bebe Rexha - “Meant to Be”
  • H.E.R. - "Make It Rain" (the Foy Vance / Ed Sheeran song)
  • Brandi Carlile - “The Joke”
  • The Time (w. Morris Day) - “Jungle Love” / "The Bird"
  • Jazmine Sullivan - "Call Me"
  • Jazmine Sullivan and Rob Thomas - "I Knew You Were Waiting"
  • Ledisi - "Think" / "Ain't No Way" / "Respect"
  • Chloe and Halle w. Brandi Carlile, Keala Settle and Valerie Simpson - "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves"