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Talk about sisters with voices!

Some of the most powerful female singers of today's music scene will gather together to pay homage to The Queen of Soul at this year's Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy will spend a special "valentine" and "get well card" to Aretha Franklin during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, which will be televised internationally and digitally live from Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. EST.

Academy and Grammy Award winning vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson will join gospel diva Yolanda Adams, country superstar Martin McBride, London rocker Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine) and Christina Aguilera for a musical tribute to Franklin, who is in recovery from an unspecified ailment which derailed her music plans for six months.



Franklin, an 18-time Grammy Award winner is currently up for another trophy this year; her duet with fellow R&B legend Ronald Isley on the classic 'You've Got A Friend' is nominated in the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals category.

The special segment will feature individual and collective performances of some of the Franklin's classic hits and will add to what seems like an endless lineup for Music's Biggest Night

Because of her illness, the 'Freeway of Love' singer will not be in attendance at this year's ceremony but production sources say that Franklin may be shown via video conferencing. In an interview yesterday on CNN Headline News, the chanteuse said she will be home watching the show and popping popcorn.

Other sources hint that Whitney Houston may appear in tribute of her the woman known as her godmother.



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Her Royal Highness

After recording a string of jazz and blues projects for Columbia Records, Memphis born songstress Aretha Franklin landed at Atlantic Records in 1966. "They made me sit down on the piano and the hits came," she later said about her legacy there.

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Aretha Franklin performing during a Martin Luther King Benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on June 28, 1968.

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Aretha Franklin with 'Soul Train' creator Don Cornelius. Franklin was one of many entertainers who performed on the long-running show during its 1970s heyday.

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Aretha Franklin rehearsing for Inaugural Eve program for newly elected US President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale at the Kennedy Center in 1977.

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Flanked in fur, Aretha Franklin in the press room at the Grammy Awards, circa early 1980s.

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Aretha Franklin performing in Chicago on April 18, 1985.

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Aretha Franklin, pictured here with Atlantic Records chairman Ahmet Ertegun (circa early 1990s), at a private music industry party.

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Aretha Franklin and Luciano Pavarotti are photographed at the 8th Annual Music Cares Gala in Honor of the famed opera singer. The event took place at New York City's posh Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 23, 1998.

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Aretha Franklin held royal court during the broadcast of 'VH1 Divas Live' at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 14, 1998. During the show's finale a stirring rendition of her classic song, 'Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel),' The Queen of Soul is joined by Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Carole King, Celine Dion and Shania Twain.

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On September 29, 1999, President Bill Clinton, along with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, awarded Aretha Franklin with the 1999 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

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