Christina Aguilera to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Grammy Awards, report says
Christina Aguilera will be opening the Grammy Awards this Sunday with Jennifer Hudson in a tribute to Aretha Franklin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Three other as yet unnamed artists from various music genres will reportedly be joining Aguilera and Hudson in the tribute.
Franklin, who was rumored to be suffering from pancreatic cancer but never confirmed reports, is also expected to appear on stage. The 68-year-old "Queen of Soul" canceled all concerts and appearances from November through May 2011 by order of her doctors. She underwent surgery on December 2nd and said her "problem has been resolved."
Aguilera made headlines on Sunday for singing the wrong lyrics to "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLV. The Grammy Award-winning pop artist was supposed to sing the line "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," but instead repeated an earlier line. She sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming," which is the same line from earlier in the song but with the word 'watched' instead of the word 'hailed.
Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Eminem and Cee Lo Green are set to perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday as well, the ceremony's organizers announced in January. Gwyneth Paltrow will be joining Cee Lo Green in his on-stage performance. The actress paid tribute to the singer on "Glee" last season when she guest-starred as a free-spirited substitute teacher.
A Grammy spokesperson, Aguilera's representation and Franklin's representation had no immediate comment on the report.
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday, February 13, 2011 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.