Joined by three background singers, Hudson, handled the gospel selection with incredible vocal power and conviction.
Hudson celebrated the Queen of Soul at the luncheon ceremony for being the first woman to be honored with the program’s special citation award in the 89 years of the award category. This rare award acknowledged the soul singer “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.”
Hudson is set to play the Franklin in an upcoming biopic that is expected to be financed by MGM. Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein will produce the film along with music producer Harvey Mason, Jr. — who worked with Hudson in her Oscar-winning film Dreamgirls.
Watch the moving performance below.