Looking back 20 years ago, Aretha Franklin was one of the premiere divas in the music world. Now, two decades later, she’s become a legend. The theme for WrestleMania 23 is “All Grown Up,” and as such, it’s only fitting that the 19-time Grammy Award winner who opened WrestleMania III with a stunning rendition of “America the Beautiful,” will return to the Motor City to kick off this year’s edition of sports-entertainment’s biggest showcase.
“We are honored to have Miss Aretha Franklin perform “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania 23, which is just days away,” said Neil Lawi, GM of WWE Music Group. “She will kick off the greatest night in sports-entertainment history with an exquisite rendition of the song, proving again, as she did at WrestleMania III, that she is the voice of American soul, gospel and R&B.
The “Queen of Soul” has been part of the WWE family for more than 20 years, and will once again be part of history as millions around the world tune into this spectacular event.”