When Luciano Pavarotti suddenly fell ill and was unable to sing Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” at the 1998 Grammys, Aretha Franklin filled in for him at “literally a moment’s notice” and sang an acclaimed rendition of the aria
Remembering when Aretha Franklin saved the 1998 Grammys with ‘Nessun Dorma’
We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to revisit quite possibly the greatest Grammy performance of all time as Aretha Franklin takes on the classic song ‘Nessun Dorma’ and brings the audience to its feet. The 1998 Grammy Awards, it’s safe to say, was arguably the most action-packed ceremony in the show’s long and illustrious history.
Shawn Colvin, Wu-Tang, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood were all involved but one artist stole the show. That artist was, of course, Aretha Franklin. Introduced by Sting, Franklin would pick up the torch left behind by Pavarotti at “literally, a moment’s notice.”
When ‘Grammy Living Legend’ honoree Luciano Pavarotti contacted the show producers to release the damning news that he was too unwell t… Continue Reading (2 minute read)