News: Alicia Keys Billed To Perform Special Grammy Awards Tribute

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 10:05AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Award-winning singer Alicia Keys will grace the stage at this Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony and pay homage to late music icon Etta James with a tribute performance.

While details are still emerging, Keys' tribute set is officially penned in.

Etta James recently passed away after her battle with leukaemia and, as is utterly appropriate, the Recording Academy have decided to pay their respects to the iconic R&B star with a tribute at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Alicia Keys has been confirmed as the live tribute act to Etta at this year's Grammy Awards. The 'New York' singer definitely has the powerful vocals necessary to hit Etta's highest notes, but we have yet to know which song she will tackle. Christina Aguilera already performed 'At Last' at James' funeral, whilst Kelly Clarkson is well known for blasting out 'I'd Rather Go Blind'; will Keys take on one of Etta's lesser known hits, or add her own spin to one of these two power ballads? (Pop Dash)

Keys took to her Twitter page following the singer's unexpected death last month.

"Wow Etta James! :-( What a phenomenal woman and spectacular voice! http://huff.to/AAPrnY," she tweeted January 21st. (Alicia Keys' Twitter)

James' passing made global headlines around mid-January.

Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as "The Wallflower," "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and the wedding favorite "At Last," has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73. She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday. "This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," De Leon said. "She was a true original who could sing it all -- her music defied category." (CNN)

Along with the Grammy-winning Keys, music stars like Chris Brown and Lil Wayne will also be on hand to perform.

Current nominee Chris Brown will return to the Grammy stage as part of a special performance highlighting dance and electronic music. The singer will be joined by Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Lil Wayne. Also added to the lineup Tuesday were Tony Bennett with Carrie Underwood, and Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt. Keys and Raitt are set for a musical tribute to soul-jazz legend Etta James, who died last month. (Los Angeles Times)

Hosted by LL Cool J, the 54th Grammy Awards will be televised Sunday, February 12th from Los Angeles.

Check out some past Alicia Keys footage down below:

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