April 27, 2017

Tribeca Film Festival Opens With Star-Studded Tribute to Clive Davis

21 April 2017, 12:34 | Megan Pierce

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After the screening, those in attendance were treated to a concert featuring many of Davis' mentees. The 2017 version of the event featured appearances from Lorde, John Legend, Lena Dunham, Neil Diamond, Jennifer Hudson, Nancy Pelosi, Gene Simmons, Jon Voight, and Diplo.

Aretha Franklin performs during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Opening Gala premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017.

The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with a star-studded salute to Clive Davis at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Despite not being in the best of health, the 75-year-old Franklin was determined to pay tribute to Davis - who signed her to his Arista label in 1980, helping reinvigorate her career - as part of a post-screening live performance. Other artists that Davis helped discover throughout his illustrious career include Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, and Sean "Puffy" Combs. Davis earned a loud cheer from the audience when he started dancing.

The first night of the film festival was a time to celebrate music and the arts and also honor the person Aretha Franklin called "the greatest record man of all-time".

Still, "Soundtrack" is an endearing portrait of a man who came from humble working-class roots, not to mention a whirlwind tour through 50 years of musical history.

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Davis' most famous discovery, Whitney Houston, was also acknowledged by way of a medley sung by Jennifer Hudson.

"Where is Clive at?" she yelled.

The remaining members of Earth, Wind & Fire turned up, backed by Kenny G and offering hits like "September". The film then smash cuts to Kenny G performing Christmas songs on television.

"Clive is not only the chieftain who sits in an executive office and takes care of all the business, but he takes care of the artists as well", she said.

Davis became president of Columbia Records at the age of 35.

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