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Alicia Keys to Pay Tribute to Etta James at the 2012 Grammy Awards

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With the recent passing of Etta James, it’s only appropriate that the Recording Academy will pay homage to the late R&B icon with a live performance at the 2012 Grammys. It has now been confirmed that Alicia Keys is the songstress who will perform a tribute to Miss Peaches at the show on Feb. 12.

James died on Jan. 20, 2012 after a long-term battle with leukemia. Her legacy lives on through timeless songs like ‘At Last’ and ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ both of which were covered by Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson, respectively. Like Aguilera and Clarkson, Keys is a vocal powerhouse with tons of soul, so we think she’ll do an outstanding job paying tribute to James.

Like many female R&B singers, Keys was influenced by Etta James’ career. The ‘Fallin” songstress even tweeted about James the day she passed, writing, “Wow Etta James! :- ( What a phenomenal woman and spectacular voice!”

In addition to Ms. Keys, ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ hitmaker Bonnie Raitt will also take the stage at the 2012 Grammys to memorialize James and her contributions to music. We’re interested to see how the bluesy singer (who often fuses rock, folk and country into her songs) will pair up with Keys, and we hope their performance will be nothing short of amazing.

The Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8PM EST on CBS. Stay tuned with PopCrush for complete live coverage of the event, including Keys’ Etta James tribute.

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