Tribeca: Jennifer Hudson Covers Whitney Houston in Clive Davis Salute
Barry Manilow; Earth, Wind & Fire; Dionne Warwick; Carly Simon and Aretha Franklin also performed after the world premiere of the doc 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.'
The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with a star-studded salute to Clive Davis at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
After the world premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives — a documentary highlighting the impact the renowned music exec has had on the industry through the eyes of Davis himself and those who've worked with him over the last 50 years, including Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Janis Joplin and others — Davis was honored with a post-screening concert featuring Barry Manilow; Jennifer Hudson; Earth, Wind & Fire; Dionne Warwick; Carly Simon and Aretha Franklin ("All of them fresh from not performing at the inauguration," Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro joked in his introduction).
Manilow began with a medley of his hits, including "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs." He first acknowledged Davis, "What a life ... and I was there!"
Hudson then took the stage, singing a soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" followed by a tribute to the late Houston, whom Davis treated like a daughter, as depicted in the doc. She jumped into the crowd during "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to dance with attendees and the man of the hour.
Earth, Wind & Fire performed their biggest sing-alongs like "September" and "Shining Star," and were even joined by Kenny G for "The Way You Move." Warwick and Simon delivered classic performances as well, but perhaps the most unforgettable part of the concert portion was Franklin singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman."
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives will be available on Apple Music following its Tribeca debut.
A version of this article first appeared on Billboard.com.