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Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day Come Together for Moving Aretha Franklin Grammys Tribute


Three of the most recognizable voices in soul paid tribute to the greatest ever — Aretha Franklin.

Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day banded together at Sunday evening’s Grammy Awards to recognize the late queen of soul, who died on Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type at the age of 76.

The women delivered a powerful rendition of “Natural Woman,” released by Franklin in 1968.

Standing side-by-side, Barrino-Taylor, 34, Adams, 57, and Day, 34, captivated audience members, prompting a number of attendees to give a standing ovation.

Fans watching from home also expressed their excitement on social media.

“This Aretha Franklin tribute has been the best part of the Grammys,” one user tweeted.

“Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day just killed that Aretha Franklin tribute!” another fan wrote.

“This Aretha Franklin tribute was AMAZING,” a different fan tweeted.

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Adams had previously saluted Franklin in song back at the 2011 Grammys, when she teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) and Martina McBride for a 10-minute run-through of Franklin’s many hits.

Barrino-Taylor has also previously paid homage to the late icon. She was one of the select artists to perform at Franklin’s funeral at Greater Grace Temple on Aug. 31 in Detroit, Michigan, where she performed an electrifying rendition of “Dr. Feelgood.”

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On Jan. 13, a host of vocal powerhouses taped the television special Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.

Adams was among those who performed, as well as Kelly Clarkson, Common, Céline Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe and SZA. An airdate for the program has yet to be announced.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards broadcasted live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.

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Source:: People.com

      

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