There are no do-overs, but Christina Aguilera will get another chance of sorts on Sunday night when she takes part in an all-star tribute to R&B legend Aretha Franklin at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Grammy winner Aguilera, who famously flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem at last weekend’s Super Bowl, will take the stage alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, gospel singer Yolanda Adams, country star Martina McBride and Grammy nominee Florence Welch in a celebration of the Queen of Soul that is expected to open Sunday night’s show.
It is unknown if Franklin, 68, who reportedly underwent surgery for cancer recently, will appear at the show, but she said in an interview that she is feeling much better and her health issues have been resolved . In a press release announcing the latest additions to Sunday’s show, the Recording Academy said the performance is a kind of “valentine and get-well card” for the Franklin, an 18-time winner and a recipient of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Legend Award.
Also added to the already packed lineup for Sunday’s show is Best New Artist nominee and jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, who will perform a song with the members of the Grammy Jazz Ensembles and Grammy Camp.
There were also some additional presenters announced on Wednesday, including Marc Anthony, Jamie Foxx, Jewel, John Mayer and Donnie Wahlberg. Previously announced presenters include Miley Cyrus, Paramore, Neil Patrick Harris, John Legend, Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Norah Jones, Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Kris Kristofferson.
Kristofferson will introduce a special performance from nominee and 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Barbra Streisand. Other performers on the show range from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Drake and Rihanna, B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, to Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber with Usher and Jaden Smith, as well as Eminem, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Muse, Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company puppets , and Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq in a special tribute to late soul icon Solomon Burke.
MTV News will be all over the Grammys thanks to some help from special guest correspondent Snooki of “Jersey Shore.” For the second year in a row, Snooks will join Sway on the red carpet at the awards show and, for the first time, the pair will co-anchor MTV News’ red-carpet live stream from the event. The pair will be seen live on MTV.com for two hours (6-8 p.m. ET), talking to all the night’s big attendees, presenters and performers.
Don’t miss “Snooki & Sway: Live From the Grammys,” a red-carpet live stream kicking off Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on MTV.com. And stick with us all Grammy night for coverage of the red carpet, the show, the afterparties and beyond!