Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson to Honor Aretha Franklin at Grammys
Aretha Franklin will receive a special tribute from an all-star lineup of female singers, including Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence & the Machine's Florence Welch, at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday (Feb. 13). Esperanza Spalding, a nominee for Best New Artist, has also been tapped to perform at the ceremony alongside students from the Grammy Jazz Ensembles and Grammy Camp.
Aguilera, Hudson, Welch, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams will join together in a special segment that will features individual and collective performances of Franklin's biggest hits. The honor comes after the legendary soul singer and 18-time Grammy winner underwent surgery in December for an undisclosed illness. Although Franklin had to cancel all of her scheduled concerts through spring 2011, the singer said that her health was "superb" on "The Wendy Williams Show" on Jan. 12.
Jamie Foxx, Jewel, Marc Anthony and John Mayer have also been added as presenters at the awards ceremony, joining previously announced presenters like Dierks Bentley, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and John Legend.
With Welch and Spalding added as performers, 4 out of the 5 Best New Artist nominees are slated to take the Grammy stage: Justin Bieber and Drake are both scheduled to perform as well, although Mumford & Sons have not been included in the lineup. Other confirmed performers for the ceremony, which will take place from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, include Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Eminem, Mick Jagger and Barbra Streisand.