Aretha Franklin who is selected to be honored at 50th Annual Grammy Awards as part of MusiCares program, has personally requested for a fresh and funky version of her classics. And for that she nominated rapper Nelly and R'n'B singer Chris Brown.
"Some of the artists that I requested are evangelist Ruby Terry, and Chris Brown and Nelly," Franklin told Spinner.com. "Those are three of the people that I requested. I want Nelly to do anything he'd like to do that's up and funky."
The award event will be held on February 10 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Click here to view the nominees.
Meanwhile, the autobiography of the diva, 'From These Roots', is stalled after the singer is in row with the TV bosses over the cast. She further told Spinner, "We opened negotiations with a movie offer that we had to take off the table because the contract simply was not anything I could sign or work with. It just was not there in terms of the contracts after reading, scrutinizing everything with my agent and my attorneys."
We then went to a telefilm, which is still on the table now. It's hard for the network to relinquish control of the prime casting, and it's equally as hard for me and I'm not going to relinquish control when it comes to myself, my family, and my father. So that's where we are." Franklin who gets a say on who should play who then suggested that her insistence on taking Billy Dee Williams as the role of her father has led to the problem.
Franklin is also still confused on who should play her. She previously narrowed it down to Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino and Halle Berry. "You never know," she said. "There's no final on that yet. I'm still observing them and their projects."