Etta James Honored at Grammys By Alicia and Bonnie Raitt

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Dressed in all black, Alicia Keys took to the Grammy stage Sunday night (February 12) with country crooner Bonnie Raitt and paid tribute to two now-gone legends.

Initially, the two were just set to pay homage to the late, great Etta James, who died just last month at the age of 73 in California. James was a six-time Grammy winner. But Keys, a clear student of Whitney Houston, said, “As we were reminded just yesterday, when a truly great artist leaves us, their legacy lives on.”

Keys and Raitt avoided the obvious James choice — her ubiquitous and well-known hit “At Last” — and instead sang “Sunday Kind of Love,” a song featured on the same album as her biggest hit that has since became a classic standard.

“We love you, Etta! We love you, Whitney! We’ll never forget you,” the two said almost in unison at the conclusion of the performance.