Tribute to Aretha Franklin (2011)
With Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams
Recently ill, Aretha Franklin didn't attend the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in person. But she was certainly there in spirit, as the show opened with an incredible musical "get-well card" to the Queen of Soul. The five performers kicked off their Aretha mini-set with a full-cast run-through of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," with Aguilera hitting some impressively stratospheric high notes. The women then broke off for individual spotlight songs, a highlight of which was Hudson's appropriately sassy take on "Respect." Hudson returned to the Grammy stage the following year to deliver a considerably more somber tribute, singing an emotional "I Will Always Love You" for Whitney Houston just one day after the singer was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she had been scheduled to attend a pre-Grammy bash.