February 13th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
Right off the top, the 53rd annual Grammy awards ushered in a tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, playing a montage of her own Grammy performances and wins over the years.
Then Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine took the stage, beginning with "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
Then each singer took on a rendition of Franklin's hits, rounding it out with "Sisters Are Doin' it for Themselves."
The performance received a standing ovation from the audience.
Aretha Franklin did make an appearance, saying in a video, "I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be with you this evening," and thanking Ken Ehrlich, Clive Davis and "especially" "all of you who took the time to send me get well cards and flowers, beautiful flowers, and most importantly, your prayers."
She added, "I wish i could have been with you all tonight, but since I couldn't, next year."
The five singers then went on to present the Grammy for best pop duo or group, which went to Train for "Hey Soul Sister."
What'd you think of the tribute?
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