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Posted at 8:21 PM ET, 02/13/2011

Grammys 2011: Christina Aguilera officially redeems herself

By Jen Chaney

Christina Aguilera belted the soul out of "Ain't No Way" as part of the tribute to Aretha Franklin that opened the Grammy Awards. A cursory check of the lyrics indicates that she did not screw up any key lines, as she did while performing the national anthem during last Sunday's Super Bowl. Of course, to be fair, the word ramparts does not appear in that Franklin classic, so that may have helped.

So is she redeemed now? Can we all officially stop unnecessarily unloading our rage on Aguilera?

Or wait, maybe this is a more appropriate time to ask some other, better questions. Like, was it kind of ridiculous to close the Franklin tribute with "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" or would "Freeway of Love" have been a goofier choice? Is it me, or does Aretha Franklin, who appeared via video at the end of the tribute, look better than she has in years?

And which of the women who appeared alongside Aguilera in the tribute paid the strongest homage to Franklin? Vote in the poll below. Oh, and don't forget to follow Click Track's live blogging of the event.

By Jen Chaney  | February 13, 2011; 8:21 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Music  
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christina should have sung by herself

Posted by: dogwalker4040 | February 13, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

People still listen to American "mainstream" music?
If these people are considered "artists" in the field of music, it would be more of an honor not to be nominated for a grammy.

There are so many Indy and European artists out there that are so much better than any of the people that are nominated every year it's crazy.
These are purely media driven artists who's music is rubber stamped and mass produced only to make a buck.
No thanks.

Posted by: wolf808 | February 13, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

wolf808----well, we are Americans and we do like our Rock and Roll, and heavy metal, and pop, so what is your point???

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | February 13, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, they were all great.

These singers are all the real deal.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 13, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Her shreiking was still terrible, even if she got the words right. Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, and Jennifer Hudson were great. The other 2, not so much.

Posted by: damannion | February 14, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse


My point is the best artists and musicians are being ignored because they aren't being picked up and driven by big music moguls or driven by the popular media or forced to crank out music "clones" just to make the holy dollar.

The industry doesn't even recognize a lot of musical catagories and most people don't have a clue what true metal is.

Where are artists like Tiamat, or Eluveitie, Or Fintroll, or Unsun?

Posted by: wolf808 | February 14, 2011 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Someone has really bumped their head to think that Christina or any of the other singers out sang Jennifer Hudson. The only other one that could stand next to this young lady was Yolanda Adams. What grammy's were you listening too?

Posted by: brendy63 | February 14, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Christina has a great voice (although she constantly over sings), and IMO it's not about redeeming herself. It was just shameful that she forgot the words to our national anthem.

Posted by: Guest1234 | February 14, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I was disappointed that the majority of the female singers in the tribute were white. Part of Aretha's legacy is making it as a strong African-American female singer.

Posted by: changling | February 14, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Certain recordings of Aretha can give me goosebumps. Jennifer Hudson and Yolanda Adams came close to it, last night, but no one really moved me.

I was rooting for Christina, and she did great. She did her thing and didn't screw it up...until they switched to the wide shot once the song was over, and Christina nearly fell forwards (check your DVR). The ladies next to her helped her regain her footing, but I can imagine that it's hard to help someone up when they are all wearing significant heels.

Posted by: pgomes | February 14, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

So what you're saying is that we're to let Christina off the hook because she showed more RESPECT to the Queen of Soul than she was able to show to our Country through the anthem?

Aguilera says she's a professional. Performing in front of the Super Bowl crowd apparently wasn't as important as singing at the Grammy's.

And that's a real shame.

Posted by: Paganne | February 14, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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