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Stars line up to honor Aretha at Grammys

Feb. 10, 2011 at 3:15 AM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Martina McBride are to perform a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the upcoming Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles.

Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch are also to take the stage for Sunday's planned musical "valentine" and "get-well card" to Franklin, a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, The Recording Academy said Wednesday.

The special segment will feature individual and collective performances of some of the Queen of Soul's classic hits.

Franklin, 68, has been beset by serious health issues lately and has canceled most of her performances for several months. Media reports say she is being treated for pancreatic cancer, however, she has not confirmed that.

Marc Anthony, Jamie Foxx, Jewel, John Mayer, Pauley Perrette and Donnie Wahlberg have been added as presenters for the Grammy Awards show, the academy said.

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