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Posted: February 06, 2019

Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day Will Honor Aretha Franklin with Grammy Tribute Performance


By Jordan Runtagh

People

The Queen of Soul is getting a royal sendoff on music’s biggest night.

On Wednesday the Recording Academy announced that Aretha Franklin will be honored at the 61st annual Grammy Awards with a performance by a trio of contemporary R&B greats: Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Andra Day and Yolanda Adams.

Together they will pay tribute to the “Respect” icon, who died on Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type at the age of 76.

The threesome will join a full slate of musical superstars who are also scheduled to take the stage. Current nominees Chloe x Halle, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Travis Scott have also been announced as performers. Additionally, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with Grammy winner St. Vincent.

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Among the previously announced performers are Maren Morris, Little Big Town, Ricky Martin, Cardi B, Post Malone, Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Janelle Monáe, as well as Shawn Mendes, Brandi Carlile, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay and H.E.R. — who will make their Grammy performance debut.

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.

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Barrino-Taylor 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.”

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, Celine 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.

Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Grammys coverage to get the latest news on music’s biggest night.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are broadcasting live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.