In Case You Missed It: Aretha Franklin Tribute at 53rd Annual Grammys

October 5, 2015

It was a special night for Ms. Aretha at this year's Grammy Awards. The 68-year-old legendary singer who was not physically in attendance, was treated with respect and a medley of tribute songs, sang by several “sisters doing it for themselves.”

Introduced by LL Cool J, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams, opened the Grammy ceremony with the familiar sounds of Franklin tunes, kicking things off with the timeless “(You Me Make Feel Like A) Natural Woman.”

After the performance, Franklin appeared via a video message in which she thanked Aguilera, Hudson, McBride, Welch and Adams, telling them, “I love you all.” Standing before a piano in a white dress, the still-recovering Franklin went on to thank Clive Davis, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, and all the well-wishers who sent her cards, flowers and “most, importantly, your prayers.”

“I wish I could have been there with all of you tonight,” Franklin said, adding she hoped to be in attendance next year. After wishing the 2011 Grammy nominees good luck, Franklin concluded, “Thank you so much. I love you all. Have a good evening.”

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