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Saturday, February 12, 2011
Big News: Jennifer Hudson will open the Grammys alongside many others for an Aretha Franklin tribute!

A superstar line-up that includes Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, Martina McBride and gospel singer Yolanda Adams are confirmed to open the Grammys with an Aretha Franklin tribute of five songs. They will open with Natural Woman, before each took on their own Aretha tune. During the rehearsal, Christina was first with Ain’t No Way, Martina sang Until You Come Back to Me next, then Florence followed with Think.

Jennifer took on Respect and Yolanda finished things up with Spirit in the Dark. The ladies then all closed with the Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves.

MTV was there to interview Jennifer for a bit and she said that "Rehearsals are going, and went, very well. It’s a lot of fun, and just being amongst the other ladies and being around some of my favorite artists, and then tributing Aretha Franklin, it’s just like surreal. And it’s a moment you just have to take in and enjoy it, and I’m like on cloud nine just in that moment."

When it came to song selection, Jennifer mentions that they were chosen for them. "I know that had to be the hardest job because Aretha has like catalogues of music. And I remember when they asked me to submit a list and I’m like, 'Oh my God! Where do I start?'"

Check out the video below. These ladies are going *slides into a Randy Jackson-esque claim* "to blow it out the box".

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