updated 02/09/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/09/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
There is only one Queen of Soul, but it takes a chorus of artists to celebrate her.
“As a “valentine” to Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Legend Award recipient Aretha Franklin, four-time Grammy winner Yolanda Adams, four-time Grammy winner and Latin Grammy winner Christina Aguilera, Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, country superstar Martina McBride, and current nominee Florence Welch will join together on the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in celebration of the 18-time Grammy winner and current nominee’s music and ongoing legacy,” the Recording Academy said in an announcement Wednesday.
The salute, to take place at the start of the program, will feature individual and collective renditions of some of Franklin’s classics – though Franklin, 68, is not expected to attend Sunday night’s event, presumably due to her recent, undisclosed health problems. According to her rep, she’ll be at home in Detroit watching with her friends and family.