Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson to Salute Aretha Franklin at Grammys

Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson

Aretha Franklin will be honored with a tribute fit for a queen at this weekend’s Grammy Awards. Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are set to bring the house down with a musical tribute to the Queen of Soul at the 53rd annual ceremony, CNN has confirmed.

Franklin, who recently battled an unspecified illness, will reportedly appear during the telecast via a pre-recorded segment taped in her hometown of Detroit. This year, the 68-year-old legend is up for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals with Ron Isley for their duet “You’ve Got a Friend,” though she has taken a sabbatical from work and public appearances since the announcement of her ailment.

Aguilera and Hudson will perform some of Franklin’s most iconic songs alongside other artists. They are the latest to join the lineup for this year’s show, which will feature previously announced performers Rihanna, Drake, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Cee Lo Green, Usher, Justin Bieber, and more.

Catch all the must-see moments when music’s biggest night airs live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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19 Comments

  1. Yeah

    XTINA!

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  2. AnkKA

    XTina will slay all yo faves! can’t wait!!

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  3. Lisa

    I can’t wait to see Christina perform this tribute. Last time she paid tribute to Nina Simone “I Loves You Porgy” and James Brown “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” she brought down the house.

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  4. jeremydante

    damn they shaded MJB, why wasn’t she included in this tribute? good luck to christina. i really, really hope she doesn’t mess this one up. her performance for james brown was a shout fest & i need her to reign in vocal control this year, for real. she will ruin all that she has worked for if she doesn’t.

    keep it simple, we know you can sing christina.
    don’t over do it.

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  5. j

    Yes! Christina always does amazing with these tributes. Her James Brown performance was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to what she performs.

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  6. Diego

    Mary J Blige is the ONLY one that can channel Aretha without trying its natural soul. Mary has been out of the county touring but is on the way bak they better include MJB.

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  7. Joyams

    I. Cannot. Wait.

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  8. Dave

    Christina >

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  9. Xtina_Amazinglera

    Christina is the best, most insanely talented vocalist worldwide.

    For proof, listen to Christina’s debut CD, her Spanish CD, “Stripped”, her Christmas CD, “Back To Basics”, “Bionic” the Burlesque soundtrack… watch her performances of “Porgy”, “Man’s World”, Beautiful at CNN Heroes, “You Lost Me” at Letterman, “Bound To You” at Leno, “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” at Ellen, watch any of Xtina’s performances from 1999 to 2001, any of her Spanish songs sung live, etc etc ETC

    Christina is way too insanely talented and that is the ONLY reason why people got mad during the football game this past Sunday… people are just extremely jealous! You KNOW you are not mad because of a simple little lyrical mistake with the National Anthem… Ok haters? PLEEEEEASE. lol…

    Xtina will OWN the Grammy award show. Xtina is the best, most outstanding singer.

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  10. Xtina_Amazinglera

    The legendary and talented Aretha Franklin on Christina’s 2011 Nationa Anthem :

    “I think she did a beautiful job. It was just one line and clearly the crowd still enjoyed it!”

    It’s on the CNN website.

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  11. JHP

    Good, Christina can redeem herself for the national anthem, which I didn’t even think was all that bad

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  12. Lisa

    I think Fantasia should’ve been asked to perform as well. Fantasia knows how to turn out a song. I hope Christina’s performance is as legendary as the James Brown tribute. That performance got her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been praised by every true musician out there like Celine Dion and Patti Smith and left Jamie Foxx speechless. Whoever said it was a shoutfest don’t know their James Brown. She even studied some of his techniques and vocal styling hence the James Brown scream she did.

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  13. Mike

    I think that if they add Beyonce to the mix, they could have the best three singers of today on stage. It would be sooo cool.

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  14. WTH

    COTTON FOR THE EARS!!!

    PROTECT YOURSELVES

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  15. Sade

    Florence and the machine is doing it as well, yes I love her.

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  16. MelyB

    Real talk? – Both of these ladies tend to overdo and can get shouty so I hope they both turn in beautiful subtle performances. Hoping more for JHud to do well, I’ve long since fallen off the Xtina fan wagon.

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  17. Dallas Champ

    Pay homage to the Queen while she is still with us. I do not think Ms. Franklin is a big supporter of Beyonce. I just hope Xtina don’t forget the words.

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  18. kani k

    better not forget the lyrics this time.

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  19. black friday

    Good Job!

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