Twitter – Twitter collectively stood up for ’90s R&B singer Tevin Campbell after author Luvvie Ajayi scoffed at the possibility he could perform at an Aretha Franklin tribute.
“Someone suggested Tevin Campbell to sing at Aretha tribute,” Ajayi wrote. “Under what rock did they pull that name from?”
That was all it took. Suddenly, Twitter exploded with love for the former teenage heartthrob. From Missy Elliott and Wale to “I Love Your Smile” singer Shanice and Ferrari Sheppard, people weren’t having it.
Campbell and the Queen of Soul’s relationship stretched back many years. On Friday (August 17) — one day after Franklin passed away — he shared an old photo of the two of them together.
In the caption, Campbell wrote, “The only celebrity that made me nervous…each time I saw her I acted like a nervous fan. The first thing she would say to me was, ‘How is your mom?’
“I literally studied every moment, every specific great thing she did with her voice. The queen was/is everything to me.”
The young musical prodigy released his platinum-selling debut, T.E.V.I.N., in 1991 and followed up with 1993’s I’m Ready, which produced the No. 1 single “Can We Talk.” That album went on to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA.
Throughout the ’90s, Campbell remained a mainstay on the R&B charts. His last full-length album, Another Way, was released in 2005.
Despite his relatively low profile over the last several years, people evidently still love some Tevin Campbell.
Check out some of the best Twitter reactions below.