I love posting these old school Aretha Franklin photos! Rehearsals have already begun for The 53rd Grammy Awards that are coming this Sunday. In what is the most anticipated performance of the night according to an MTV poll, five divas will be paying tribute to The Queen of Soul as what is sure to be an iconic start to the award show.
We now have the layout of the performance and what songs each lady will sing, as well as the songs they are singing together. Find out
In a rehearsal, MTV is reporting that the 5-some is beginning the show with “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” all together…should be cute…and EPIC! Then according to the rehearsal, Christina Aguilera (who all eyes will be on seeing if she can redeem herself after her stumble at The Superbowl) will begin with Aretha’s classic ballad “Ain’t No Way.” Martina McBride next with the happy-sounding “Until You Come Back To Me.” Florence Welch will then be next with “Think” (which I’m expecting some huge vocals coming from everyone while I’m assuming the other girls will be backing her up on. Can’t wait for this one too!). Then (like I predicted earlier) Jennifer Hudson will take on arguably Franklin’s most famous work “Respect.” And then Yolanda Adams ended things with “Spirit In The Dark” which is probably something from Aretha’s gospel days…I don’t know the track. An interesting note is that Jennifer Hudson revealed that the songs were not chosen by the singers, but instead by those creating the show. They submitted lists, but ultimately they did not have the final decision.
But the divas don’t end there! They then ended with an “empowering” version of “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves.” I’m expecting this to just end up being pretty huge. I’m guessing these girls are going to really work hard to make their tribute to Aretha amazing because she is quite possibly the best singer of all time, and with her current health struggles–if they messed this up, it would be truly devastating. But no bad thoughts like this! I’m also hoping for a lot of strong back-up vocals from the other girls when they’re not doing their solos (like on Think or Respect especially). Gawsh, I really can’t wait for this!
In the meantime, get yourself acquainted with the Aretha classics that are going to be performed Sunday below. Are you looking forward to this?