Aretha Franklin Plans BET Tribute To Whitney Houston

Aretha Franklin will be paying tribute to Whitney Houston in the near future.

While she has not confirmed whether or not her tribute will be part of plans for a BET Awards tribute in July, Franklin has made it clear something is in the works with the network.

“I do have a tribute to Whitney (planned), but that will be aired, it’s not a recording. That will be aired on BET,” Franklin told the Today Show earlier this week.

As widely reported, Franklin was unable to attend Houston’s homegoing service in February but paid tribute to her during a show at Radio City Music Hall.

BET confirmed plans for a tribute when announcing the nominations for this year’s awards last month but did not elaborate on who might take the stage. The network tapped Kelly Price for a tribute at Celebration of Gospel in April.

The BET Awards 2012 will air Sunday, July 1 on BET.