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FAB TRIBUTE: The GRAMMYs Turn It Out For The Aretha Franklin Tribute

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The 53rd annual Grammy Awards started off with a FAB tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. We've got the video when you read on...

 

Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, and Martina McBride started off the tribute singing 'Natural Woman' before each got their own moment to sing. Christina redeemed herself after her Superbowl fiasco with a rendition of 'Ain't No Way'. Jennifer Hudson made a strong case to be casted as Aretha in her upcoming film belting out 'Respect'. And Yolanda Adams finished up the solos with 'Spirit In The Dark'.

 

Although Aretha wasn't able to make the Grammys, she pre-recorded a message thanking the group for the tribute. She also thanked Clive Davis, everyone whose sent get well soon cards, and everyone for their prayers.

Here's the video: 

We first noticed Aretha lost a lot of weight when she showed up at the Pistons game Friday. Wonder if her 'surgery' was really gastric bypass ?

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Christina's a mess with the

Christina's a mess with the oversoul. Its annoying. You can sing, sing the song and stop trying to add more soul - its soulful enough. Cant stand her. She's a talent, but is always imitating someone - black singers, Gaga, Madonna - I'm over it.
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Jennifer Hudson channeled

Jennifer Hudson channeled Aretha the BEST, NO ONE came close to her performance. X-Tina and Yolanda Adams just had to go overboard with the annoying runs and what not, ughhh . I enjoyed Martina McBride to
Anonymous's picture

Aretha had that bypass

Aretha had that bypass surgery. You just wait til she gets her drag in order. She's gonna put it on them young bitches to shame. Never underestimate the QUEEN!!
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Now all Aretha needs to do is

Now all Aretha needs to do is find a REAL stylist!
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Never been a fan of

Never been a fan of Christina. I think she over sings half of the time. With the kind of voice she has, she doesn't have to do that. She can let her clean vocal do the work. Singers like her trip me out because I don't think the really believe in simplicity, and you have to. Jennifer Hudson's delivery is effortless. She has a heavy voice and she uses it well. Yolanda Adams is AMAZING. She knows when to go IN and when to be subtle. Love her!
Anonymous's picture

SHE IS PSEUDO-SOUL. British

SHE IS PSEUDO-SOUL. British blue-eyed soul singers are better than American ones.
Sissum's picture

Surely you are joking honey.

Surely you are joking honey. The Brits emulate the Black soul singers. How many times do you have to hear them pay tribute those artists? Adding to that, the Brits have to rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse again to even come close.
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Thats funny...

Thats funny...
Joy's picture

Great to see Aretha doing

Great to see Aretha doing well. Ok...can we talk about the HOUSEWIVES REUNION last night! OMG.....ONE WORD....SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETIE! GET MY PHUCKIN CIGARETTES! HA!
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Xtina has made her entire

Xtina has made her entire career based on imitating old Soul singers that is a fact so accept the truth and move on. She has had black vocal coaches since she was a child, only listened to black music and white people buy her music the same way mostly white kids by Rap. Xtina is not an authentic soul artist.
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J-HUD and Yolanda held it

J-HUD and Yolanda held it back because they all felt bad about Xtina and all the flack she has received over the past week. We all know Xtina is a parrot who has mimicked African American music and culture in order to have a career. She is not Authentic but Jhud and Yolanda are. They held back and let her redeem herself because they can blow Xtina out of the park any and every time they sing together. No copy is better than the original.
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STFU Hater - Christina,

STFU Hater - Christina, Yolanda and Jennifer are all blowers - women with a big bravado in their voices. Instead of hating - write something with sense. All of these singers at one time made mistakes while singing in front of a live audience. Christina has never made her career on Black America because if she did then she would have no career at all because Blacks don't even support their own in music that much like the white audience - so sthu with the garbage. You know nothing about music and the industry asshole. I pity the fool who really wrote this cause you ain't no Bruno Mars - or maybe you are - the coke head version of him - stay off that crack pipe fool.
Hibiscus Rose's picture

The tribute to Aretha was the

The tribute to Aretha was the best of the show! The ladies looked beautiful. I just wish my ghyrl JHud would lose the Pocahontas weave and get something more realistic.
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The ladies killed the

The ladies killed the tribute. It was the best part of whole boring ass show. And Aretha Franklin FOOLED everyone (shame on her though). It was well known in Detroit that she never had cancer and this "mysterious" surgery that she underwent was gastric by-pass, a facelift, nose work, and some other cosmetic surgery.
Anonymous's picture

Thank you for saying this

Thank you for saying this because I had the same thought. There is no way this lady should look this good (good for her) if she had been under serious doctor's care like her people are reporting. Sounds like she is trying to pull a "Star Jones", people are not stupid.
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I feel Aretha drastic weight

I feel Aretha drastic weight lost is definitely Cancer related. I'm a cancer survivor of 23yrs, with God all thing are possible. I was not happy with the Artist choosen for the aretha tribute... My choice would have been Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross and Patti Labelle. Now that would have been one hell of a tribute.
Anonymous's picture

The artists you have

The artists you have selected, Patti, Diana,Gladys and Natalie are all due tributes in their own right.
Anonymous's picture

Oh plz Diana Ross and Natalie

Oh plz Diana Ross and Natalie Cole could not do Aretha - they don't have the vocal bravado to do her - but great picks on the others selected. Sorry I love Diana and Natalie but those two selections are a little off the map.
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Its awkward, i mean look, how

Its awkward, i mean look, how show start... Just my view.... How To Make a Guy Fall In Love With You
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Anonymous's picture

I enjoyed the tribute to

I enjoyed the tribute to Aretha . I think everyone did an awesome job. I do however hate it when singer over do runs in songs that is the worst but outisde of that everyone did a great job. No one over sang the other when they all sang together which happens a lot when stars in their own right are asked to join together in song.
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Now THAT's how you open a

Now THAT's how you open a show!!...get well soon Ms. Franklin
Anonymous's picture

Dammit they took down the

Dammit they took down the video!
Anonymous's picture

christina murdered em. and

christina murdered em. and she can murder your fav beyaki too. the only other person that would have torn that stage up was fantasia
Anonymous's picture

Chile please, Fantasia would

Chile please, Fantasia would have done nothing but hollered the whole damn time. She doesn't sing, she hollers!! Uuugghh, just NO!!
T's picture

I thought that it was gastric

I thought that it was gastric bypass or something of that nature- especially after ReRe came out and said afterwards the doctors said it would add 10 to 15 more years to her life.
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so what if christina fall,

so what if christina fall, high heels? it happends to all of us with her voice, she can fall from a damn building if she wants to she was AMAZING, and rih, perry and most of the so called hot tomatoes right now can't hold a cat note to xtina, xtina will school them and she will be here for years to come. Ms. Aguilera was the high light of the show of for me.
TANIA's picture

THEY CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY

THEY CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT ABOUT AGUILERA BUT THAT LIL HEFFA IS NO JOKE, SHE OUT SANG AND DID BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM, I WAS REALLY EXPECTING JENNIFER AND YOLANDA TO BRING THE HEAT AND THEY DID BUT DAMN CHRISTINA JUST WENT FOR HERS AND MURDERED THEM....SHE ROCKED IT
EVELYN's picture

You are kidding right?

You are kidding right? Jennifer was amazing...CA is nothing more than a copy of the real deal. All of that gurgling when doing runs is anoying to me. I was not very impressed with the tribute and can think of other artist who would have done a better job but hey...art is subjective right.
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Is it me, or does it look

Is it me, or does it look like Re Re had a facelift?
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Aretha does her best what she

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Aretha was not always heavy

Aretha was not always heavy and to me she looked great! I thought the tribute was fantastic. This was not the Soul Train Awards where it's an all out and out soul fest featuring an all black tribute. I thought all the ladies were fantastic and like it or not Christina can SANG.
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LETS NOT GO OVERBOARD

LETS NOT GO OVERBOARD CHRISTINA SINGS GOOD FOR A WHITE GIRL .THE EXPRESSION SANG IS WAY TOO GENEROUS AND SHOULD BE SAVED FOR THOSE WHO ARE KILLAHS WITH THE VOCALS
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Christina can SANG. You

Christina can SANG. You cannot take that away from her. All the ladies on the tribute were SANGERS which is why they were chosen to tribute Aretha. The opening was excellent.
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Shoot yourself. Christina

Shoot yourself. Christina threw all of them away, yes even Master Holler herself J.Hud. Overall, each of the ladies stood their own and sounded amazing. But only the foolish would say Christina didn't kill all of them. And it's my personal opinion that she can do this on any day of the week, not just last night.
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HOW OLD ARE YOU GUYS THIS

HOW OLD ARE YOU GUYS THIS TRIBUTE SUCKED MONKEY ASS, CHRISTINA OVER SANG WITH THOSE HORRIBLE RUNS AS USUAL. JHUD AND YOLANDA ADAMS WERE NOT GIVIN WHAT THEY DESERVED AS FAR AS SINGING TIME THEY WOULD HAVE SMASED IT. IM TIRED OF TRIBUTES TO OUR GREATS DONE BY WHACK ASS SOULESS WHITE PEOPLE THAT STEAL OUR MUSIC AND BUTCHER THE SHIT .WHACKNESS ARETHA DESERVED BETTER, WHERE WAS PATTI LABELLE PEOPLE ARETHA DESERVED TO HAVE PAY HER HOMAGE FKIN MARTINA MCBRIDE AND SOME GHOSTLY RED HEAD WHITE BITCH NOBODY CARES ABOUT... GIVE ME A FKIN BREAK EPIC DAMN FAIL
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I know! J Hud and Yolanda

I know! J Hud and Yolanda could have done better...they let that white girl Christina out shine her. They should have had Patti and Chaka.
Anonymous's picture

I know! J Hud and Yolanda

I know! J Hud and Yolanda could have done better...they let that white girl Christina out shine her. They should have had Patti and Chaka.
Anonymous's picture

lol all them runs killed me!,

lol all them runs killed me!, its was almost overkill!
Mocolashanda's picture

lmbo @ these comments,

lmbo @ these comments, Christina had me rolling over doing her runs! overall everyone did a great job as a whole! it was for Aretha. I would also like to add that i'm happy no one attempted to upstage anyone because God knows my ears couldn't take it.
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Wow I'm really concerned

Wow I'm really concerned about Aretha, she looks alarmingly different and the weight loss is noticeable but not in a good look kind of way.
JJ's picture

Wow I'm really concerned

Wow I'm really concerned about Aretha, she looks alarmingly different and the weight loss is noticeable but not in a good look kind of way.
JJ's picture

Ms. Christina Aguilera was

Ms. Christina Aguilera was spectacular. Stole the show by far. Her four background singers did well too
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