Alicia Keys to Perform Etta James Tribute at Grammys

Keys will pay homage to the late soul singer with a medley of songs.

Posted: 02/07/2012 05:50 PM EST
Alicia Keys tribute Etta James at Grammys

Etta James may not be able to attend the Grammys this year, but the late soul singer will be remembered in a special tribute at the award show this Sunday. Alicia Keys has been tapped to pay homage to James, who died of leukemia last month at 73.

Keys, a star of the current generation with 14 Grammys to her credit, will team with blues icon Bonnie Raitt to sing a medley of James classics.

James was laid to rest in her native Los Angeles, where music great Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera performed at a touching private service. Rev. Al Sharpton read James’ eulogy, while President Barack Obama issued a statement praising the “At Last” singer.

 

"Etta will be remembered for her legendary voice and her contributions to our nation's musical heritage," Obama's statement read.

 

Other performers at this year's star-studded music ceremony will include Chris Brown, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Adele, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and more.

 

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(Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

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