Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch, Tribute to Aretha Franklin (2011)
Aretha Franklin was in ill health in 2011 and the Grammys' version of a get-well bouquet was a show-opening performance of her biggest hits featuring ladies from pop, R&B, country, rock and gospel. The medley felt a bit disjointed – and certain singers' ill-fitting vocal stylings made Franklin's absence from the stage even more deeply felt – but it was, at least in length, a testament to the massive back catalog of the Grammys' most-decorated female pop icon. And one person felt like a little more time could have been carved out of the broadcast – season 3 American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, who sat out the Grammys because of what she felt was a snub. "At the end of the day, I should have been on that stage," she told The Hollywood Reporter.