Faith Hill Ill, Cancels Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Diagnosed with a bronchial infection, Faith Hill has canceled a Friday night (Feb. 8) performance honoring Aretha Franklin, one of the major events leading up to Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Franklin is being honored as the Recording Academy’s MusiCares person of the year. MusiCares provides assistance for those in the music industry during times of financial, medical or personal need. Others scheduled to perform during the tribute at the Los Angeles Convention Center include the Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi), Fantasia, Ledisi, John Legend, Patti Austin, Shirley Caesar, Herbie Hancock and Andrea Bocelli. In a statement, Hill said, “I am devastated and deeply disappointed that I will not be able to sing at the MusiCares dinner honoring Aretha. I have been looking forward to being a part of this event for months, and even after being diagnosed with a bronchial infection, I came to L.A. anyway hoping that I’d be able to sing. I simply can’t.” Hill and husband Tim McGraw’s recording of “I Need You” is up for a Grammy in the category of best country collaboration with vocals.