*Aretha Franklin says she “loved” the tribute performance to her which opened the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The legendary soul singer – who was not present at last night’s ceremony due to illness, said she enjoyed watching a medley of her hits performed by Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Florence Welch and Martina McBride.

She wrote on her Facebook page: “I LOVED it! The ladies all sounded so wonderful and they looked fabulous!

“All of them were dressed to the nines! I enjoyed each and every performance, especially Yolanda Adams doing ‘Spirit In The Dark’ and Christina Aguilera’s rendition of ‘Ain’t No Way’, Loved them all!

“They all looked beautiful, I really liked Jennifer Hudson’s outfit, those epaulettes on her shoulder pads were too sharp! Bravo ladies!!! (sic).”

As previously reported, Aretha made her first public appearance of the year this weekend, watching a basketball game in her home state of Michigan with friend Jesse Jackson on Friday night.

Asked how she was feeling since undergoing surgery in December, Aretha said she was “feeling really great”.

The Motor City legend has also revealed she will return to the stage in May, performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The performance will be part of “a network special with a lot of artists coming in to do a tribute for me,” and she will return to full concert duties in June, playing three dates at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.