Video: Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera Perform Tribute to Aretha Franklin at Grammys

Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, and Florence Welch

Though Aretha Franklin couldn’t be in attendance, a quintet of talented ladies opened the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with a fitting tribute. Jennifer Hudson, Chrstina Aguilera, Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch, Martina McBride, and Yolanda Adams kicked off the evening with a powerful tribute to the Queen of Soul.

The gals set off the performance with a group rendition of “Natural Woman,” with Christina taking first solo duties with a hearty cover of “Ain’t No Way.” Martina McBride tore the house down with “Until You Come Back to Me,” while Welch repped for the indie set with “Think.” Hudson demanded “Respect” and Adams took ‘em to church with “Spirit in the Dark,” while the girls all joined back in for the rowdy finishing number “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves.”

Aretha appeared in a pre-recorded segment from her home in Detroit, where she thanked the performers and wished everyone good luck during the event.



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35 Comments

  1. -

    Love it!

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  2. Yeah

    Xtina!!

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  3. OnlyBoy

    Florence!!!!

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  4. Adrienne

    Damn Christina went the fuck off, yes sing . That girl SANG! Love the tribute to Aretha. Long Live the Queen. Yoland was cute and her voice is great. Jennifer you look great!

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  5. nice

    Xtina killed that! That whistle note was dope.

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  6. Rebecca

    I was just in awe of all of the ladies. X-Tina reminded people that yes she may have drama but that girl can sing her tail off.

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  7. sabrina

    Best performance of the night. Christina killed it!!!

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  8. BitchPlease

    haha I love how they looked at Yolanda like “YOU READY GO GET EM GIRL”

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  9. rod

    ALLLL LADIES WERE AMAZING XTINA KEEP SANGING JHUD GAVE ME THAT SOUL AND YOLANDA TOOK ME TO CHURCH!!!!

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  10. kurtussalt

    Christina is alright??? Good singer but i get sick of her all most forced trills and adlibs. Jennifer and Yolanda did it for me! Go Yolanda!

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  11. Lisa

    Christina Aguilera and Yolanda went the fudge off! They are so amazing.

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  12. Andre

    Queen Aretha just commented on the performance on her official facebook.

    “I LOVED it! The ladies all sounded so wonderful and they looked fabulous! All of them were dressed to the nines! I enjoyed each and every performance, especially Yolanda Adams doing “Spirit In The Dark” and… Christina Aguilera’s rendition of “Ain’t No Way,” Loved them all! They all looked beautiful, I really liked Jennifer Hudson’s outfit, those epaulettes on her shoulder pads were too sharp! Bravo ladies!!!”

    facebook.com/?ref=home#!/arethafranklin

    She singled out Yoland and Christina. The Queen has spoken. Yolanda and Christina were the best.

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  13. GRRRR

    They were all amazing, let’s be honest here. Those girls sang their asses off and I’m blown away.

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  14. iNatashaBoo

    This was my favorite performance next 2 rihanna & drake

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  15. L.A. Baby

    Christina THE BEST

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  16. @DrewShane

    One of the best tributes, vocally. These women were sanging! Loved it- especially J. Hud and Christina A.

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  17. AnkKA

    GODTINA SLAYED yo faves!! EPIC performance!

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  18. Trini

    This was hot! Everyone sang beautifully!!

    The only problem I had was Christina trying to show off. She even held the last note at the end of the song longer than everyone. It just proves how selfish she is and her priorities. She didn’t care about America and the Super Bowl so she went ahead and f’ed it up. But here at the Grammy’s she chooses to sing perfectly and show off her talent 110%. And some of y’all might have missed it but she went and fell on her @## at the end of the performance. She is a drunken mess. Expect to see her on ‘Celebrity Rehab’ in 10 years.

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    richard from trinidad Reply:

    @Trini, stop talking shit out of your ass,she sang the anthem many times b4 and did it perfectly,she messed up once so what?she`s only human just like u and i.She tripped but never fell on the ground and she clearly wasn`t drunk becuz if she was drinking prior to the performance she won`t have sounded good vocally since alcohol affects the vocal chords,so b4 u start running your mouth plz get your facts str8.Bottom line all 5 of these ladies sang the hell out of the grammys showing why ppl like rihanna and gaga are overrated and over hyped,they brought back real singing and did it the old school way,bravo ladies1

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  19. BrandiTee

    @Trini sit your pressed behind down. Christina is a DIVA, get it through your beady beads head. Christina has sung the National Anthem perfectly for 20 years now, she messes up once and people get their panties in a bunch. Soul music is Christina’s element, so yes she went IN. And if you could see clearly with your trifocals you would know she slipped, but did not fall and got back up with elegance. J. Hud & Florence helped her out too. Christina is the best.

    Aretha even singled Christina out by saying she especially enjoyed Christina singing “Ain’t No Way” and Yolanda’s performances, while just saying J. Hud could dress. Hahaha, the Queen of Soul knows what’s up and everyone else with talent. Don’t be mad cuz Christina is heralded as the BEST SINGER OF THIS GENERATION. Christina has Whitney, Patti, Aretha, Celine, Herbie Hancock, Tony Bennett and Andrea Bocelli praising her constantly. She has inspired a whole generation of singers on her own, sorry she wins you lose hahahahaha!!!! Imma change the lyrics of “Respect” to P-R-E-S-S-E-D for your five head stank booty self!

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  20. Lisa

    @Trini sit your pressed behind down. Christina is a DIVA, get it through your beady beads head. Christina has sung the National Anthem perfectly for 20 years now, she messes up once and people get their panties in a bunch. Soul music is Christina’s element, so yes she went IN. And if you could see clearly with your trifocals you would know she slipped, but did not fall and got back up with elegance. J. Hud & Florence helped her out too. Christina is the best.

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  21. Lisa

    Aretha even singled Christina out by saying she especially enjoyed Christina singing “Ain’t No Way” and Yolanda’s performances, while just saying J. Hud could dress. Hahaha, the Queen of Soul knows what’s up and everyone else with talent. Don’t be mad cuz Christina is heralded as the BEST SINGER OF THIS GENERATION. Christina has Whitney, Patti, Aretha, Celine, Herbie Hancock, Tony Bennett and Andrea Bocelli praising her constantly. She has inspired a whole generation of singers on her own, sorry she wins you lose hahahahaha!!!! Imma change the lyrics of “Respect” to P-R-E-S-S-E-D for your five head stank booty self!

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  22. Josh

    Wow… just wow… These womans were fawking amazing last night! Christina and J-Hud owned! It was magical!

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  23. THE MALEZ

    XTINA ATE THIS SHIT 2 PIECES…

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  24. The Jass Hip Hoper

    Xtina I Love

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  25. Bri

    Boring. There wasn’t enough soul in this tribute.

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  26. World Spinner

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  27. LilRoyalty

    LOVED IT…Yolanda…Florence..Christina…THE BEST IN THAT ORDER…SOOOO MUCH POWER…FLO HELD HER OWN UP THERE AND KILLED…CHRISTINA JUST HAPPY U DIDN’T FUCK UP THE WORDS LOL..RE RE WOULDA CUT U..YOLANDA CHHHIILLLL U BETTA SANG.

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  28. Renee

    Daaaamn. This was really good. One of the best performances at the grammys I have seen in YEARS. And I mean YEARS. The soul, sincerity, feeling, and TALENT was actually there.

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  29. christina falls

    did anyone notice when christina fell …oh boy ….first superbowl then a stumble ….

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  30. christina falls

    12:18 watch closely….

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  31. maya

    Christina redeemed herself from that superbowl mess, she sang beautifully! <3 Yolanda Adams blew me away too and 4 the ppl saying christina did runs, um it's an ARETHA FRANKLIN tribute, did ya'll honestly expect her not 2 belt? smh…

    & ok she fell, who gives a fuck. It's not that serious, she didn't bust her head open & she even poked fun @ herself, stfu.

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  32. Shea Butter

    Yolanda>Florence>J Hud> Christina>Matina

    In that order, the tribute was really great!! I feel like Yolanda and Florence killed it with clear ass vocals!!!

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  33. Kelly

    Aretha said Yolanda and Christina were the best I agree. The girls brought it. It was really sweet of them to do a tribute to Aretha. Jennifer looks amazing!!! she was feeling herself up there i dont blame her!

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  34. nicole

    I love how they all belt @ the same time towards the end :)

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